And Elam bare the quiver with chariots of men [and]
Or the Elamites, as the Targum and Septuagint, that is, the Persians, who were at this time subject to the Assyrians, and served in Sennacherib's army, which consisted of many nations; see ( Isaiah 29:7 ) these bore the quiver, a case for arrows, being expert in the use of the bow, which was the chief of their might, ( Jeremiah 49:35 ) and so Strabo F15 reports, that the Elamites had many archers among them; and along with them went chariots of men,
full of men, of military men; these were chariots for war, and brought men to fight against Jerusalem; [and] horsemen
also, these were the cavalry, as those that carried bows and arrows seem to be the foot soldiers. The Targum is,
``and the Elamites bore arms in the chariot of a man, and with it a couple of horsemen;''as in the vision or prophecy concerning Babylon, ( Isaiah 21:7 Isaiah 21:9 ) : and Kir uncovered the shield;
this was a city in Media, and signifies the Medes, who were in subjection to the Assyrians, and fought under them; see ( 2 Kings 16:9 ) though Ben Melech says it was a city belonging to the king of Assyria; these prepared for battle, uncased their shields, which before were covered to keep them clean, and preserve them from rust and dirt; or they polished them, made them bright, as the word in the Ethiopic language signifies, as De Dieu has observed; see ( Isaiah 21:5 ) these might be most expert in the use of the shield and sword, as the others were at the bow and arrow. Some render "Kir" a "wall": so the Targum,
``and to the wall the shields stuck;''and the Vulgate Latin version, "the shield made bare the wall": but it is best to understand it as the proper name of a place.
F15 Geograph. l. 16. p. 512.