Jehovah is slow to anger, and great in power, and will by no means clear the guilty: Jehovah hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.Nahum 1:3 ASV
He who divides the storm-darkened skies with spears of lightning and cracks the rocks is an awful adversary.
No matter how strong men may be or how many helpers they have, God will inflict upon them a death-blow.
The purpose of this and following verses is to identify God as the real adversary of Nineveh, and thus the Lord used the most superlative terminology that men knew in order to demonstrate the impossibility of escape by the enemy.
“He will by no means clear the guilty …” It was not an indiscriminate judgment that God pronounced against Nineveh.
This prophecy cites exactly the instances and dimensions of Nineveh’s guilt:
“The guilty” (Nahum 1:3) are the ones God knows to be guilty.
“God’s enemies” (Nahum 1:8) are those who have revolted from him.
“Plotters of evil” (Nahum 1:9,11) are those who plan and execute evil.
“The vile” (Nahum 1:14) are they who have sunken into bestiality.
“The wicked” (Nahum 1:15) are the vicious and reprobate.
“The plunderers” (Nahum 2:2) are the cruel, heartless spoilers.
“The dishonest” (Nahum 3:1) are the covenant breakers and thieves.
“The rapacious” (Nahum 3:1) are destroyers and exploiters of the innocent.
“The insatiable seekers of gain” (Nahum 3:1) are grabbers and graspers.
“The harlots” (Nahum 3:4) are the pagans, the sensualists, those who will prostitute anything for wicked purposes.
“The betrayers of weaker nations” (Nahum 3:4) are the traitors, double-crossers, and deceitful liars.
“The despicable” (Nahum 3:5ff) are all of those mentioned above, plus any others of similar character.
“The presumptuous” (Nahum 3:8) are they who revel in the conceit that God will not punish them.
“The disseminators of evil” (Nahum 3:19) are all of those who form a part of the cancer of wickedness eating at the vitals of the human race.
The above list of “the double sevens” of Nineveh’s reprobacy indicates forcefully the fullness of their sins, they had indeed filled up the full measure of their iniquity.
“Slow to anger …” Dreadful and overwhelming as the removal of Nineveh from the earth was here revealed to be it was not a hasty decision on God’s part.
Jonah had preached to them; and, for awhile, the king himself led the people in repentance; but they had returned without restraint to their pursuit of shame.