Hab 2:9 “Woe to him who gets evil gain for his house, to set his nest on high, to be safe from the reach of harm!
This verse is reminiscent of Obadiah’s prophecy against Edom (Ob 3-4). In this case, however, the “nest on high” is much more a figure of speech. Babylon did have great walls and towers, but those were more symbolic of great height. A modern equivalent might be a gated mansion with its dogs and security system in a posh community. The high position of great power with broad dominion is the kind of nest where people like the king of Babylon store up what values most to them. When we accumulate the wealth of the world, we become its slaves. We cherish it, protect it and our jealousy drives us to do whatever it takes to keep it from harm. This warning, though directed to Babylon, teaches us that no great height, literal or figurative, can protect the wicked from the wrath of God.