The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleJoel 1:19
O Lord, to thee will I cry…
Or pray, as the Targum; with
great vehemency and earnestness, commiserating the case of man and
beast: these are the words of the prophet, resolving to use his
interest at the through of grace in this time of distress, whatever
for the fire hath devoured the pastures of the wilderness;
or, "of the
plain" F3 though in the wildernesses of Judea, there were pastures for
cattle: Kimchi interprets them of the shepherds' tents or cotes, as the
word F4 is sometimes used; which were will not to be pitched where
there were pastures for their flocks: and so the Targum renders it,
"the habitations of the wilderness"; these, whether pastures or
habitations, or both, were destroyed by fire, the pastures by the
locusts, as Kimchi; which, as Pliny F5 says, by touching burn the
trees, herbs, and fruits of the earth; see (Joel 2:3) ; or by the
Assyrians or Chaldeans, who by fire and sword consumed all in their
way; or by a dry burning blasting wind, as Lyra; and so the Targum
interprets it of a strong east wind like fire: it seems rather to
design extreme heat and excessive drought, which burn up all the
produce of the earth:
and the flame hath burnt all the trees of the field;
which may be
understood of flashes of lightning, which are common in times of great
heat and drought; see (Psalms 83:14) .
F3 (rbdm) "non tantum desertum significat sed et campum sativum",
Oecolampadius. "A place of pasture for cattle", Ben Melech.
F4 (twan) "caulas", Piscator. So Ben Melech.
F5 Nat. Hist. l. 11. c. 29.