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  • Verses 1-4 describe the swift activity of the Babylonian armies in destroying Nineveh. God used the Babylonians with the Medes to invade Assyria and thereby to save Israel from the tyranny of the Assyrians.

  • Lit., He.

  • Lit., of it.

  • This is a reference to the overflowing flood mentioned in 1:8. Nineveh was built on the Tigris River. This was a protection to Nineveh. In 612 B.C. the Medes and the Babylonians came together to attack Nineveh; they found a way to open the gates of the river, and they flooded the city.

  • She refers to the queen, and her maidens refers to the young women in the palace.

  • Lit., her.

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