- What phrases are used to describe the nations over whom judgment is impending?
See 2:1, 10, 15. What was especially sinful about Nineveh’s attitude (2:15; cf. Is. 47:6-11), and has it a modern counterpart?
What qualities does God look for in those who desire his help (2:3)?
- ‘Sheltered on the day of the day of the Lord’s anger’ (2:3).
Is there such a hiding place?
Cf. Jer. 23:24; Amos 9:3; Rev. 6:15-17; Rom. 5:9; 1 Thess. 1:10.
- The indictment against Jerusalem is the most grievous of all (3:1-7).
Cf. Luke 12:47, 48. List the evils found in her, and consider especially how they were sins against the Lord.
- 2:1. ‘Gather together … ‘: i.e., in solemn assembly to seek the Lord.
- 2:13-15. No man alive at the time had known anything but the greatness and glory of Assyria. So these words would have had an astonishing impact.
- 3:5-7. The Lord’s faithfulness in judgment on their enemies is matched by the shamelessness of his people. They ignored the lessons he was seeking to teach them.