And my hand has found as a nest the riches of the people: and as one gathers eggs that are left, have I gathered all the earth…
The Assyrian conqueror has gathered all the earth as one gathers the eggs from which he has first driven off the terrified hen bird. But she would hover round her rifled nest and its plunderer with a trepidating flight and piercing cry, than which no movements and sounds in the brute creation express more anguish; while these spoiled nations dare not show even such instinctive signs of a broken heart, but know a depth beyond that depth — "there was none that moved the wing, or opened the mouth, or chirped."
(Sir E. Strachey, Bart.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And my hand hath found as a nest the riches of the people: and as one gathereth eggs that are left, have I gathered all the earth; and there was none that moved the wing, or opened the mouth, or peeped.
WEB: My hand has found the riches of the peoples like a nest, and like one gathers eggs that are abandoned, have I gathered all the earth. There was no one who moved their wing, or that opened their mouth, or chirped."