| The fact that Nahum does not talk to an individual till the end of the book, but to a nation, may well indicate that God is concerned with nations, not individuals. Atrocities committed in the name of a nation appear to bring judgement on the whole nation. This may be concerning for those in any nation, but perhaps more so for those in nations who have been, or are deemed to be, superpowers or colonial powers; nations of which the West is comprised. | Esther 4:13 Then Mordecai told them to reply to Esther, “Do not think to yourself that in the king’s palace you will escape any more than all the other Jews. 14 For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” | True penitential confession is joined with reformation. He that does not forsake his sin, as well as confess it, forsakes the benefit of his confession. And indeed, there is no real confession of sin, where there is no real forsaking of sin. It is not enough for us to confess the sins we have committed, but we must resolve against committing again the sins we have committed. (Thomas Brooks)