And the Lord of hosts shall stir up a scourge for
&c.] The Assyrian monarch; this scourge stirred up or awakened by the Lord, with which that monarch was severely scourged, is no other than the angel that was sent of God to destroy his army, ( 2 Kings 19:35 ) : according to the slaughter of Midian at the rock of Oreb:
this refers to the destruction of the Midianites in the time of Gideon; and suggests, that the slaughter of the Assyrians should be like that, as it was; for as that was in the night, and very general, and immediately from the hand of the Lord, and was unthought of, and unexpected, and such of their princes that fled were taken and slain, particularly Oreb, at the rock which took its name from him; for not mount Horeb, and the rock there smitten by Moses, are meant, which is written with different letters; see the history of this in ( Judges 7:19-25 ) so it was in the night when the Assyrian army was destroyed, and that wholly; and not by the Israelites, but by the Angel of the Lord; and at once, at an unawares; and though Sennacherib fled and escaped, he was slain by his own sons, in his own city, in the temple of his god, ( 2 Kings 19:35-37 ) : and [as] his rod [was] upon the sea;
referring to Moses's rod, which was lifted up, by the order of the Lord, over the Red Sea, when the Egyptians were drowned: so shall he lift it up after the manner of Egypt;
and destroy the Assyrians, in like manner as he destroyed the Egyptians, all at once.