He does this so he can build his nest way up high
and escape the clutches of disaster. 2
2:10 Your schemes will bring shame to your house.
Because you destroyed many nations, you will self-destruct. 3
2:11 For the stones in the walls will cry out,
and the wooden rafters will answer back. 4
[2:9] sn Here the Babylonians are compared to a bird, perhaps an eagle, that builds its nest in an inaccessible high place where predators cannot reach it.
[2:11] 4 sn The house mentioned in vv. 9-10 represents the Babylonian empire, which became great through imperialism. Here the materials of this “house” (the stones in the walls, the wooden rafters) are personified as witnesses who testify that the occupants have built the house through wealth stolen from others.