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It is decreed: she is stripped naked,
she is carried away,
and her servant girls moan
as with the voice of doves,
beating on their breasts. Bible

“she.” This is the figure of speech personification. Nahum is a prophecy against Nineveh, who here is portrayed as a woman.

“stripped naked.” Although the meaning of the Hebrew is debated, “stripped” fits the context and the culture. It was common that when a city was captured, people would be lead away as captives stripped naked (Isa. 20:4). Egypt’s Queen Cleopatra committed suicide so she would not be paraded naked through the streets of Rome.


Commentary for: Nahum 2:7