10:7 But he does not agree with this,
his mind does not reason this way, 1
for his goal is to destroy,
and to eliminate many nations. 2
“Are not my officials all kings?
10:9 Is not Calneh like Carchemish?
Hamath like Arpad?
Samaria like Damascus? 4
whose carved images were more impressive than Jerusalem’s 6 or Samaria’s.
10:11 As I have done to Samaria and its idols,
so I will do to Jerusalem and its idols.” 7
10:14 My hand discovered the wealth of the nations, as if it were in a nest,
as one gathers up abandoned eggs,
I gathered up the whole earth.
There was no wing flapping,
or open mouth chirping.” 8
1 tn Heb “but he, not so does he intend, and his heart, not so does it think.”
2 tn Heb “for to destroy [is] in his heart, and to cut off nations, not a few.”
3 tn Or “For” (KJV, ASV, NASB, NRSV).
4 sn Calneh … Carchemish … Hamath … Arpad … Samaria … Damascus. The city states listed here were conquered by the Assyrians between 740-717
7 tn The statement is constructed as a rhetorical question in the Hebrew text: “Is it not [true that] just as I have done to Samaria and its idols, so I will do to Jerusalem and its idols?”
sn This statement indicates that the prophecy dates sometime between 722-701
8 sn The Assyrians’ conquests were relatively unopposed, like robbing a bird’s nest of its eggs when the mother bird is absent.