The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleLamentations 4:19
Our persecutors are swifter than the eagles of the heavens,
&c.] That fly in the heavens; and which, as they have a quick sight to
discern their prey afar off, are very swift to pursue it; they are the
swiftest of birds, and are so to a proverb. Apuleius F9 represents the
swift pursuit of their prey, and sudden falling upon it, to be like
thunder and lightning. Cicero F11 relates of a certain racer, that came
to an interpreter of dreams, and told him, that in his dream he seemed
to become an eagle; upon which, says the interpreter, thou wilt be the
conqueror; for no bird flies with such force and swiftness as that. And
this bird is also remarkable for its constancy in flying: it is never
weary, but keeps on flying to places the most remote. The poets have a
fiction, that Jupiter, being desirous of knowing which was the middle
of the world, sent out two eagles of equal swiftness, the one from the
east, and the other from the west, at the same moment; which stopped
not till they came to Delphos, where they met, which showed that to be
the spot; in memory of which, two golden eagles were placed in the
temple there F12. The swiftness and constancy of these creatures in
flying are here intended to set forth the speed and assiduity of the
enemies of the Jews, in their pursuit after them; who followed them
closely, and never ceased till they had overtaken them. The Chaldeans
are designed, who pursued the Jews very hotly and eagerly, such as fled
when the city was broken up; though not so much they themselves, as
being thus swift of foot, as their horses on which they rode; see
(Jeremiah 4:13) .
they pursued us upon the mountains, they laid wait for us in the
or "plain" F13; there was no safety in either; such as fled
to the mountains were pursued and overtaken there; and such who
attempted to make their escape through the valleys were intercepted
there: the reference is to the flight of Zedekiah, his nobles, and his
army with him, who were pursued by the Chaldeans, and taken in the
plains of Jericho, (Jeremiah 52:7-9) ; hence it follows:
F9 Florida, l. 2.
F11 De Divinatione, l. 2. p. 2001.
F12 Vid. Strabo Geograph. l. 9. p. 289. & Pindar. Pythia, Ode 4. l. 7,
8. & Schmidt in ib. p. 174, 175.
F13 (rbdmb) "in plano", Gataker.
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