The prophet Nahum lived about the time of Joel. Nahum's prophecy centered upon the hostile city of Nineveh, where cruelty and oppression reigned supreme.

The prophet pictures with horror the chariots of the rich and the horsemen rushing through the streets of the city, leaving a trail of death behind them. Denouncing the tyranny and bloodshed so rampant in Nineveh, the prophet foretells its complete annihilation; "Woe to the bloody city! It is full of lies and robbery; the prey departeth not. Hark! the whip, and hark! the rattling of wheels, and prancing horses, and bounding chariots; the horsemen charging, and the flashing sword, and the glittering spear; and a multitude of slain, and a heap of carcasses; and there is no end of the corpses... Behold, I will be against thee, saith the L-rd of Hosts... and it shall come to pass, that all they that look upon thee shall flee from thee and say, 'Nineveh is laid waste; who will bemoan her?' ...All that hear the report of thee will clap hands over thee; for upon whom hath not thy wickedness passed continually?"