O Assyrian, the rod of my anger, and the staff in their hand is my indignation.…
What are the nations but instruments in the hands of Him who made them? So we are puzzled and perplexed by many an imperial policy; we do not like it, and yet still it proceeds to work out all its mysterious issues — now severe, now beneficent. We are in tumult and darkness and perplexity, thick and that cannot be disentangled; and how seldom we realise the fact that all this may be a Divine movement, clouding of the Divine presence, and an outworking of Divine and eternal purposes.
(J. Parker, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: O Assyrian, the rod of mine anger, and the staff in their hand is mine indignation.