The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleJeremiah 48:27
For was not Israel a derision unto thee?
&c.] In the time of
his calamity, when the ten tribes were carried captive by the Assyrians
some years ago; and of late the two tribes of Judah and Benjamin by the
Chaldeans; the Moabites rejoiced at this, which they ought not to have
done, upon the common principles of humanity; and especially since they
were not only neighbours, but akin; and therefore, according to the law
of retaliation, it was but just that they should be had in derision
was he found among thieves?
that is, Israel; that he should be a
derision to any, as thieves are when they are taken; men rejoice at it,
insult them, and deride them; but was this the case of Israel? had he
robbed any? had he done any injury to Moab, or any other? no, verily:
why this derision then?
for since thou spakest of him, thou skippedst for joy;
thyself" F3; whenever the Moabites spoke of the distresses and
calamities of Israel, and of their captivity, they laughed till they
shook themselves; not only shook their heads, but their whole bodies.
The Vulgate Latin version is, "therefore, because of thy words which
thou hast spoken against him, thou shall be carried captive"; and
Jarchi mentions such a sense of the words, as given by some of their
Rabbins; and to this agrees the Targum,
``and because ye have multiplied words against them, therefore
ye shall go into captivity.''
F3 (ddwntt) "commovisti te", Vatablus, Calvin; "commoves te", Junius
& Tremellius, Piscator; "motitas te", Schmidt.