The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleJeremiah 48:4
Moab is destroyed…
Either the whole nation in general; so
``the kingdom of Moab is broken;''
and so Abarbinel; or a city so called, which some take to be the city
Areopolis. Jerom F7 says, that Moab is a city of Arabia, now called
Areopolis; and which also has the name of Rabbathmoab, or "grand Moab";
her little ones have caused a cry to be heard;
seeing their parents
killed, and they left desolate, and in the hands of the enemy; and not
only so, but just going to be dashed in pieces by them. The Targum
interprets it, her governors; and so Jarchi, who thinks they are so
called, because they are lesser than kings. Kimchi and Ben Melech
suggest, that these are called so by way of contempt. The word "tzeir"
signifies both "little" and "great", as the learned Pocock F8 has
F7 De locis Heb. fol. 87. H. & 93. B.
F8 Not. Miscell. in Port. Mosis, p. 17, 18.