In the enumeration of the descendants of Cham, a brief history of Nimrod is outlined. This included his actions, the countries he ruled etc. The Torah then relates that Ashur moved from that vicinity.
Rashi explains that Ashur saw that his children were listening to Nimrod’s call to rebel against Hashem, heaven forfend, by building a tower, and therefor he moved away. In other words, he wasn’t happy about the negative influence Nimrod was having on the vicinity so he left. ​
The posuk continues and tells us that his destination was Ninveh (amongst other cities). The posuk then describes Ninveh as a great city. Rashi comments that this means that Ninveh was a great city to Hashem.
It’s interesting to note that the same Ashur who left Nimrod’s company due to Nimrod’s negative position about Hashem, later built a city which was a great city to Hashem. It seems that Ashur, who was a descendant of Shaim, was of the opinion that those who were against Hashem were not good and his goal was to follow in Hashems ways. So following his bitachon goals, the city he built, Ninveh, was a great city-to Hashem.​​ ​​
This same great city that Ashur established is mentioned again in history in connection with Yonah HaNavi. The prophet was sent as an emissary to tell the inhabitants of Ninveh that they must repent from their evil ways or the city will be destroyed by Hashem. This happened many years after the establishment of the city, and the response to the warning was very accepting and positive. Everyone including the king repented to Hashem, and they were saved.
This well-known story is perhaps a sequel to the city’s establishment, and we will now discuss two events worthy of note.
One is that Hashem sent a Navi specifically to tell the people of Ninveh to do Teshuva. This was a city that was established on the foundations of desiring to do Hashem’s will and was thus given a chance to continue that way.
A second point is that the people responded to the Navi’s warnings and did Teshuva. Perhaps this is a sign of their descent from Shaim and Ashur. Not just anyone would take the navi’s warning so seriously. Perhaps this was in the merit of and due to the good influence of living in a locale that was founded on the belief that following Hashem, and ignoring those who oppose Him, is of primary importance.

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