7 The floodgates are opened, And the palace is deluged.
sha-a-RAY ha-n’-ha-ROT nif-TA-khu v’-ha-hay-KHAL na-MOG
ז שַׁעֲרֵי הַנְּהָרוֹת נִפְתָּחוּ וְהַהֵיכָל נָמוֹג׃
2:7 The floodgates are opened
In this chapter, Nachum envisions something that almost no one else at that time could dream of: The defeat of evil, and the downfall of Assyria after five centuries of hegemony in the Middle East. During their reign, the Assyrians exiled the ten tribes of the northern Kingdom of Yisrael, and ruled over Yehuda as well. Their downfall is therefore greatly anticipated by the children of Israel. Nachum carefully records every detail of the capital’s collapse, from the colorful descriptions of the onrushing soldiers (verse 4), to the chariots rushing through the streets (verse 5). In this verse, Nachum describes the opening of the river gates and the collapse of the palace. Nineveh, the capital of Assyria, was located on the east bank of the Tigris River, and the river Huser ran through it. A series of moats and channels protected the city, but the Greek historian Diodorus Siculus writes that when the invaders opened the river gates, the rushing waters washed away several of the ramparts defending the city. Once the invading armies entered the outer wall of the city, they fought to capture the palace, which they eventually burned.