And the number of them that lapped, putting their hand to
That is, that took up water in the hollow of their hands, which they lifted up to their mouths, and so lapped it, as the Egyptians about the Nile are said F4 to do, who drank not out of pots and cups, but used their hands to drink with:
were three hundred men;
only such a number out of 10,000: but all the rest of the people bowed down upon their knees to drink water; even 9,700; and it was the custom of some nations, as the Ichthyophagy, or fish eaters, to cast themselves with their face to the ground, and drink after the manner of oxen F5.
F4 Achilles Tatius, l. 4.
F5 Strabo. Geograph. l. 16. p. 532.