Speak, thus saith the Lord
These are the words of the Lord to Jeremiah, to go on with his
prophecy in his name; so the Targum,
``prophesy, thus saith the Lord:''
even the carcasses of men shall fall as dung upon the open
or, "upon the face of the field" F6
; this shows the reason why the
women are called to mourning, because the men would fall by the
sword in the open field, and there lie and rot, and become dung
upon it. The Targum is,
``as dung spread upon the face of the field;''
which denotes the great number that should fall, which would cover
the face of the field; the condition they should be in; and the
contempt and neglect they should be had in: and as the
handful after the harvestman, and none shall gather
as a handful of corn that is forgot, and left by the harvestman; or
as ears of corn which are dropped by the reaper, or binder, and are
usually gleaned or gathered up by the poor that follow; but in the
case referred to, or supposed, are not gathered; so it would be
with these people; they should be left upon the ground, like a
handful forgot, or like ears of corn dropped, and not gathered up,
and there they should lie, and none should bury them.