Egypt, and Judah, and Edom, and the children of Ammon, and
Places and people among which the Jews were dispersed, and whose punishment is predicted in Jeremiah chapters forty six through forty nine, and whose countries are now under the dominion of the Turks: F8 and all that are in the utmost corners, that dwell in the wilderness;
who dwelt in the desert of Arabia; these, according to Kimchi, were the Kedarenes, and the kingdoms of Hazor, a people that dwelt in the utmost corners, whom Nebuchadnezzar smote, as Jeremiah foretold, ( Jeremiah 49:28-33 ) . Jarchi's note is, ``them that are cut off in a corner of the wilderness;'' that live by themselves, and have no communication with other people; were at the greatest distance, and secure; dwelt alone, and had neither gates nor bars, as is said of the same people, ( Jeremiah 49:31 ) . The Septuagint version is, "upon everyone that shaves what is about his face, that dwells in the wilderness"; and so the Syriac and Arabic versions; to which agrees the Targum,
``upon all that round the corners of the head, that dwell in habitations in the wilderness,''The Arabians used to shave the extreme hairs of the head round about, as the forehead, temples, and behind the ears, which are the corners of the head; so Herodotus F9 reports of them, who seem to be meant here; though some think the Jews are intended, to whom this was forbidden, ( Leviticus 19:27 ) : for all these nations are uncircumcised;
in the flesh; though they were not punished on this account, because it was not commanded them, as Kimchi observes; but is mentioned to show that the Jews were no better than they, though circumcised, and that they should be punished together: and all the house of Israel are uncircumcised in the heart;
had not the circumcision made without hands; or were not circumcised in heart, to love the Lord, fear and serve him; the foreskin of their flesh taken off availed not so long as that on their heart remained, and they were stupid, impenitent, and disobedient.
F8 Written about 1750. Editor.
F9 In Thalia, vel l. 3. c. 8.