``a mixture of wild beasts;''
so Josephus F7 understood this plague of various sorts of beasts of different forms, and such as had never been seen before. Aben Ezra, on ( Exodus 8:24 ) interprets it of evil beasts mixed together, as lions, wolves, bears, and leopards; and Jarchi, on the same place, of serpents and scorpions: the Syriac and Arabic versions here, following the Septuagint, render the word "dog flies"; so called because they were, as Pliny F8 says, very troublesome to dogs, and so might give the Egyptians greater uneasiness, because they worshipped dogs. God can make use of very mean and contemptible instruments, the least of insects, to plague and distress the most powerful enemies of his people;
which devoured them;
corrupted their land, ( Exodus 8:24 ) , perhaps produced a pestilence, which destroyed many of the inhabitants, or consumed the vegetables of the land; as but a few years ago F5, in New England, a sort of insects came out of little holes in the ground, in the form of maggots, and turned to flies, which for the space of two hundred miles poisoned and destroyed all the trees in the country F9:
F5 This was written about 1750. Editor.
F6 (bre) "mixtionem", Montanus; "miscellam", Vatablus; "a mixed swarm", Ainsworth.
F7 Antiqu. l. 2. c. 14. sect. 3.
F8 Nat. Hist. l. 11. c. 34.
F9 See Philosoph. Transact. vol. 2. p. 766. See also p. 781.