And Benhadad sent unto him, and said
That is, to Ahab:
the gods do so unto me, and more also;
bring greater evils upon me than I can think or express:
if the dust of Samaria shall suffice for handfuls for all the people
that follow me,
signifying that he made no doubt of it of reducing it to dust by numbers of men he should bring with him, which would be so many, that if each was to take an handful of dust of the ruins of Samaria, there would not enough for them all; which was an hectoring and parabolical speech, uttered in his wrath and fury.