Nahum 2:9

9 "Plunder the silver, plunder the gold! There is no end of treasure! An abundance of every precious thing!"

Nahum 2:9 Meaning and Commentary

Nahum 2:9

Take ye the spoil of silver, take the spoil of gold
Of which there was a great quantity in this rich and populous city: these are the words of the prophet, or of the Lord by the prophet, to the Medes and Chaldeans, to seize the spoil of the city, now fallen into their hands; suggesting that this was by the order and will of God, though they saw it not: or of the generals of the army of the Medes and Babylonians, giving leave to the common soldiers to take part of the plunder, there being enough for them all, officers and private men: for [there is] none end of the store [and] glory out of all the
pleasant furniture:
no end of the wealth which had been hoarded up, and of their household goods and rich apparel, which their coffers, houses, and wardrobes, were full of, the value of which could not be told. The king of Assyria, perceiving that he, his family, and his wealth, were like to fall into the hands of the enemy, caused a pile of wood to be raised, and in it heaped his gold, silver, and royal apparel, and, enclosing himself, his eunuchs, and concubines in it, set fire to it, and destroyed himself and them. It is said F14 there were no less in this pile than a thousand myriads of talents of gold, which are about fourteen hundred millions sterling, and ten times as many talents of silver, together with apparel and furniture unspeakable; and yet, after all this, the princes of the Babylonians and Medes carried off vast quantities. The Babylonian prince loaded several ships with the ashes of the pile, and a large quantity of gold and silver, discovered to him by an eunuch, a deserter; and the Median prince, what of the gold and silver left out of the pile, which were many talents, that fell into his hands, he sent to Ecbatana, the royal city of Media {o}.


FOOTNOTES:

F14 Athenaeus apud Rollin's Ancient History vol. 2. p. 31, 32. See the Universal History, vol. 4. p. 306.
F15 Diodor. Sicul. l. 2. p. 114, 115.

Nahum 2:9 In-Context

7 It is decreed that the city be exiled, its slave women led away, moaning like doves and beating their breasts.
8 Nineveh is like a pool whose waters run away. "Halt! Halt!"— but no one turns back.
9 "Plunder the silver, plunder the gold! There is no end of treasure! An abundance of every precious thing!"
10 Devastation, desolation, and destruction! Hearts faint and knees tremble, all loins quake, all faces grow pale!
11 What became of the lions' den, the cave of the young lions, where the lion goes, and the lion's cubs, with no one to disturb them?