The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleJeremiah 48:17
All ye that are about him, bemoan him…
nations, such as the Ammonites, and others, are called upon to condole
the sad case of Moab; all upon the borders of the country of Moab,
either within them or without them:
and all ye that know his name;
not only that had heard of his fame and
glory, but knew in what grandeur and splendour he lived; these have a
form of condolence given them:
say, how is the strong staff broken, [and] the beautiful rod!
mighty men of war, the staff of the nation, in which they trusted,
destroyed; their fortified cities demolished; the powerful kingdom,
which swayed the sceptre, and ruled in great glory, and was terrible
and troublesome to others, now pulled down. The Targum is,
``how is the king broken that did evil, the oppressing ruler!''