The good news of peace (Nah 1:15-1:15)

To Judah

“Look

On the mountains!

The feet of one

Brings good tidings.

He proclaims peace!

Celebrate your festivals!

O Judah!

Fulfil your vows!

Never again,

Shall the wicked

Invade you!

They are utterly cut off.”

Nahum wanted Judah to look to the mountains, where there was someone bringing good news that there would be peace.  Now, they could celebrate their festivals and fulfill their vows at the Temple.  Never again, would anyone wicked invade them, because all their enemies were cut off.

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The response of Jeremiah (Jer 14:13-14:13)

“Then I said.

‘O Yahweh God!

Here are what the prophets

Said to them.

‘You shall not see the sword.

You shall not have famine.

But I will give you

True peace

In this place.’”

Jeremiah pleaded with Yahweh, his God. He reminded him that the prophets had told the people that Judah would be a place of true peace. Thus no one would see the sword or suffer from a famine.