The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleHabakkuk 1:16
Therefore they sacrifice unto their net, and burn incense
unto their drag…
Either to their idols, to fortune and the stars,
as Aben Ezra; imagining they gave them success, and prospered them in
the arts and methods they used: or to their arms, as the Targum; nor was
it unusual with the Heathens to worship their spears, sacrifice to them,
and swear by them F7. So Justin says F8, originally the ancients
worshipped spears for gods, in memory of whose religion spears are still
added to the images of the gods. Lucian F9 asserts that the Scythians
sacrificed to a scimitar; and Arnobius F11 says the same; and Ammianus
Marcellinus F12 reports, that the Quadi worship their swords or daggers
instead of gods; and that it was usual to swear by the spear is evident
from others F13. Or else the sense is, they sacrificed to their own
valour and courage, skill and conduct.
Because by them their portion [is] fat, and their meat plenteous:
is, by their angle, net, and drag; or by those things signified by them,
the arts and methods they used to subdue nations, conquer kingdoms, and
bring them into subjection to them; they enlarged their dominions,
increased their riches and revenues, and had plenty of everything that
was desirable for food and raiment, for pleasure and profit; or to
gratify the most unbounded ambition, having everything that heart could
wish for and desire: the allusion is to making sumptuous feasts, and
rich banquets, on occasion of victories obtained.
F7 Vid. Doughtaei Analect. Sacra, p. 494, 495.
F8 E Trogo, l. 43. c. 3, 4.
F9 In Jupiter Tragoedus.
F11 Adv. Gentes, l. 6. p. 232.
F12 Hist. l. 17.
F13 (omnusi d'ouicmhn) , Aeschylus.