5 I am going to deal with you —declares the lord of Hosts. I will lift up your skirts over your face And display your nakedness to the nations And your shame to kingdoms.
hi-n’-NEE ay-LA-yikh n’-UM a-do-NAI tz’-va-OT v’-gi-lay-TEE shu-LA-yikh al pa-NA-yikh v’-har-ay-TEE go-YIM ma-RAYKH u-mam-la-KHOT k’-lo-NAYKH
ה הִנְנִי אֵלַיִךְ נְאֻם יְהֹוָה צְבָאוֹת וְגִלֵּיתִי שׁוּלַיִךְ עַל־פָּנָיִךְ וְהַרְאֵיתִי גוֹיִם מַעְרֵךְ וּמַמְלָכוֹת קְלוֹנֵךְ׃
3:5 I am going to deal with you—declares God of Hosts
In Nachum’s final prophecy against Nineveh, Hashem addresses Assyria directly. The statement “I am going to deal with you” testifies that the nations set to fight against Assyria are only the agents of God, Who is ultimately controlling global events. The punishment of uncovering the nakedness of Assyria mirrors the punishment traditionally given to unfaithful spouses (Hosea 2:5). Assyria gained power by “seducing” smaller nations, enticing them into alliances and then breaking their word and enslaving them. Assyria acted unfaithfully, and will therefore receive the punishment of the unfaithful. Those who were humiliated by Assyria will now witness its downfall.