The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleJeremiah 48:34
From the cry of Heshbon [even] unto Elealeh…
in the land of Moab; of which see (Isaiah 15:4) (16:9) . Heshbon being
destroyed, a cry was made by the inhabitants of it, which either
reached from thence to Elealeh; or the destruction being carried on to
that city, the cry was continued there:
[and even] unto Jahaz, have they uttered their voice;
another city of
Moab; see (Isaiah 15:4) ; which also was laid waste, and where the Moabites
uttered their voice of lamentation on account of it:
from Zoar [even] unto Horonaim, [as] an heifer of three years old:
is, as the destruction should go on to Zoar, and so to Horonaim; of
which places see (Isaiah 15:5) ; so the cry of the distressed, and of those
that flee, should also go from place to place; and be as loud, and as
strong, and heard as far, as the lowing of a heifer of three years old.
Naturalists F12 observe, that the voice in all female creatures is
smaller and shriller, excepting the ox; for the voices of the females
of that creature is stronger than in the males; and also that the
taming of these creatures is when they are three years old, that is the
proper time; before it is too soon, and afterwards too late F13; and
then it is their voice is fuller, and their strength firmer, to which
the allusion here is; (See Gill on 15:5);
for the waters also of Nimrim shall be desolate;
being disturbed by the
Chaldean army, their horses treading them with their feet, and so
fouling them; or being mixed with the blood of the slain, and so unfit
to drink. A sad case this, to have neither wine nor water;
(See Gill on 15:6); to which may be added, that Jerom also makes
mention of a village in his time called Benamerium, to the north of
Zoar; and seems rather the place intended.
F12 Aristotel. Hist. Animal. l. 4. c. 11. Plin. Nat. Hist. l. 11. c. 51.
F13 Plin. Nat. Hist. l. 8. c. 45.