Nahum 2:6
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English Standard Version
The river gates are opened; the palace melts away;

King James Bible
The gates of the rivers shall be opened, and the palace shall be dissolved.

American Standard Version
The gates of the rivers are opened, and the palace is dissolved.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The gates of the rivers are opened, and the temple is thrown down to the ground.

English Revised Version
The gates of the rivers are opened, and the palace is dissolved.

Webster's Bible Translation
The gates of the rivers shall be opened, and the palace shall be dissolved.

Nahum 2:6 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

8 They who hold to false vanities

Forsake their own mercy.

9 But I will sacrifice to Thee with the call of thanksgiving.

I will pay what I have vowed.

Salvation is with Jehovah.

In order to express the thought emphatically, that salvation and deliverance are only to be hoped for from Jehovah the living God, Jonah points to the idolaters, who forfeit their mercy. משׁמּרים הבלי־שׁוא is a reminiscence of Psalm 31:7. הבלי־שׁוא, worthless vanities, are all things which man makes into idols or objects of trust. הבלים are, according to Deuteronomy 32:21, false gods or idols. Shâmar, to keep, or, when applied to false gods, to keep to them or reverence them; in Hosea 4:10 it is also applied to Jehovah. חסדּם signifies neither pietatem suam nor gratiam a Deo ipsis exhibitam, nor "all the grace and love which they might receive" (Hitzig); but refers to God Himself, as He whose government is pure grace (vid., Genesis 24:27), and might become the grace even of the idolatrous. Jonah, on the contrary, like all the righteous, would sacrifice to the Lord beqōl tōdâh, "with the voice or cry, of thanksgiving," i.e., would offer his sacrifices with a prayer of sincere thanksgiving (cf. Psalm 42:5), and pay the vow which he had made in his distress (cf. Psalm 50:14, Psalm 50:23). These utterances are founded upon the hope that his deliverance will be effected (Hitzig); and this hope is based upon the fact that "salvation is Jehovah's," i.e., is in His power, so that He only can grant salvation.

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gates.

Isaiah 45:1,2 Thus said the LORD to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have held, to subdue nations before him...

dissolved. or, molten.

2 Peter 3:10,11 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise...

Cross References
Nahum 2:5
He remembers his officers; they stumble as they go, they hasten to the wall; the siege tower is set up.

Nahum 2:7
its mistress is stripped; she is carried off, her slave girls lamenting, moaning like doves and beating their breasts.

Nahum 3:13
Behold, your troops are women in your midst. The gates of your land are wide open to your enemies; fire has devoured your bars.

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