Verse 12. "The lion did tear" - This verse gives us a striking picture of the manner in which the Assyrian conquests and depredations were carried on.
How many people were spoiled to enrich his whelps-his sons, princes, and nobles! How many women were stripped and slain, whose spoils went to decorate his lionesses-his queen, concubines, and mistresses. And they had even more than they could assume; their holes and dens-treasure-houses, palaces, and wardrobes-were filled with ravin, the riches which they got by the plunder of towns, families, and individuals.
This is a very fine allegory, and admirably well supported.
Verse 13. "Behold, I am against thee" - Assyria, and Nineveh its capital. I will deal with you as you have dealt with others.
"The voice of thy messenyers" - Announcing thy splendid victories, and the vast spoils taken-shall no more be heard- thou and thy riches, and ill-got spoils, shall perish together.