O Assyrian, the rod of my anger, and the staff in their hand is my indignation.…
We must not omit the reflection that this was a terrible thing for Assyria. What man likes to be an instrument through which righteousness will punish some other man! Who would willingly accept a calling and election so severe?
(J. Parker, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: O Assyrian, the rod of mine anger, and the staff in their hand is mine indignation.