Because ye were glad, because ye rejoiced, O ye destroyers of
This is addressed to the Chaldeans who destroyed Jerusalem and the land of Judea, once the heritage of the Lord; when they rejoiced at the destruction of God's people, and insulted them in their miseries; and which is the cause and reason assigned of their ruin; for though they had a commission to destroy, yet they exceeded that, and especially by exulting at the ruin of that people, which showed great inhumanity. So the Papists will rejoice at the slaying of the witnesses, but will be repaid in their own coin, ( Revelation 11:10 ) ( 18:20 ) ; because ye are grown fat as the heifer at grass:
which feeds all the day, and so grows fat. Some copies read, "as the heifer that treads out" F11 the corn; which, according to the law, was not to be muzzled, and so was continually feeding, and grew plump and sleek; and so these Chaldeans, having enriched themselves with the spoils of Judea and other nations, gave themselves up to ease and luxury; and it was at one of their festivals their city was taken, to which there may be some allusion: and bellow as bulls:
or, "neigh as horses" F12; having got the victory, of which war horses are sensible; or it may denote their impetuous lust after women, whom they forced and ravished, when taken captives by them.
F11 (hvd hlgek) "sicut vitula exterens", Tigurine version; "triturans", Cocceius, De Dieu.
F12 (Myrybak ylhut) "hinnistis sicut fortes (equi)", Munster, Vatablus, Piscator, Schmidt; "ut caballi", Cocceius.