The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleDeuteronomy 32:24
[They shall be] burnt with hunger…
This is the arrow of
famine, (Ezekiel 5:16,17) ; the force of which is such that it makes the
skin black as if burnt, (Lamentations 5:10) ; Onkelos paraphrases it,
``inflated or swelled with famine,''
which is a phrase Josephus F2 makes use of in describing the famine at
the siege of Jerusalem. Jarchi observes, that one of their writers F3
interprets the words "hairs of hunger", because he says that a man that
is famishing and pining, his hair grows, and he becomes hairy: this
judgment was notorious among the Jews, at the siege of Jerusalem, and
was very sore and dreadful: (See Gill on 28:53):
and devoured with burning heat, and with bitter destruction;
burning fevers, pestilential ones, with the plague, the arrow of the
Lord that flies by day, the pestilence that walks in darkness, and the
destruction that wastes at noonday, (Psalms 91:5,6) ; and which also raged
at the siege of Jerusalem, arising from the stench of dead bodies,
which lay in all parts of the city, and is one of the signs of the
destruction of it given by our Lord, (Matthew 24:7,9) ;
I will also send the teeth, of beasts upon them, with the poison of
serpents of the dust;
another of the arrows in the quiver of the Lord
of hosts, or of his four judgments, and which he used to threaten the
people of the Jews with in case of disobedience, (Leviticus 26:22) . And such of
the Jews who fled to deserts, and caves and dens of the earth, for
shelter, could not escape falling into the hands of wild beasts, and of
meeting with poisonous serpents that go upon their bellies, and feed on
the dust of the earth; and besides, when Titus had taken Jerusalem, he
disposed of his captives some one way and some another; and, among the
rest, many were cast to the wild beasts in the theatre, as Josephus
relates F4; add to this, that both Rome Pagan, and Roman Papal, are
called beasts, (Revelation 13:1,11) ; into both whose hands the Jews fell, and
from whom they have suffered much; with which in part agrees the Targum
``the teeth of the four monarchies, which are like to wild
beasts, I will send upon them;''
and particularly the Targum of Jonathan paraphrases it,
``and the Greeks, who bite with their teeth like wild beasts, I
will send upon them;''
but it would have been much better to have interpreted it of the
F2 (apo thv endeiav pefushmenoi) , de Bello Jud. l. 5. c. 23. sect. 4.
F3 R. Moses Hadarsan.
F4 De Bello Jud. l. 6. c. 9. sect. 2. & l. 7. c. 3. sect. 1.
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Gill, John. "Commentary on Deuteronomy 32:24". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/geb/view.cgi?book=de&chapter=032&verse=024>. 1999.