Does God Judge Nations for Specific Sins?

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God responds to a nation’s faithfulness to Him (Jer. 18:7–10). Unfortunately, this often necessitates judgment. Scripture is filled with examples of specific deeds that have invoked God’s judgment upon nations:

  • Ninevah suffered because of one who plotted evil against the Lord and counseled wickedness (Nah. 1:11).
  • Ninevah was also judged for its cruelty to other nations besides Israel, its sexual immorality, its seduction of others, and its occult practices (Nah. 3:1, 4, 19).
  • Babylon was plundered because it had plundered many nations (Hab. 2:8).
  • Moab’s fortresses were burned because it had burned to lime the bones of Edom’s king (Amos 2:1–2).
  • Moab was judged for worshiping the false god Chemosh (Jer. 48:13, 35).
  • Edom was judged because of wayward national pride and arrogance (Oba. 1:1–4).
  • Egypt was judged for worshiping idols in Memphis (Eze. 30:13).
  • Judah was judged for its complacency and pursuit of comfort while refusing to grieve over its spiritual waywardness (Amos 6:1–7).


Furthermore, the Bible prophesies pending judgment upon nations for specific sins:

  • Egypt and Edom will be judged for shedding innocent blood in the land of Judah (Joel 3:19).
  • All nations will be judged for scattering the Jews among the nations, dividing the Jewish land, casting lots for the Jewish people, trading a boy for a prostitute, and selling a girl for wine (Joel 3:2–3).
  • All nations will be judged for polluting the world through immorality, for transgressing God’s laws, and for breaking covenant with Him (Isa. 24:1–6).
  • All nations who do not obey the Lord’s command to worship God by observing the Feast of Booths will be judged (Zech. 14:16–19).


Throughout history, nations have invoked God’s judgment by embracing and practicing specific sins. Often this judgment involves reaping what one has sown. And Scripture foretells of future national judgment for specific sins. As such, any nation that is in rebellion to God should fear the potential consequences of its actions.

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Timothy Zebell

As a former missionary to Asia for twelve years and the author of several books, Timothy is passionate about helping people understand the relevancy of God's Word in today's world. His goals are to help Christians discern truth from error, empower Christians to speak into cultural matters with relevancy, and to help Christians capitalize on the opportunities that these matters provide for sharing the truth about God and His gospel message.
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