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3925. (Isai. vii. 8.] Archbishop Usher (sub A. M. 3327) conceives, that the last and total captivity of Israel, under the name of Ephraim, is here predicted.
3920. (Isai. vi. 13.) In antient times, nations were often distinguished according to the particular article on which they lived, hence the Arcadians were called acorn-eaters : and it is generally supposed, that substances of the nut species were among the first means of subsistence to which men applied. It is imagined however, that the acorns, so often mentioned in antient history and tradition, comprehended several other kinds of shell-fruits, as chesnuts, walnuts, &c. See GOGUET's Origin of Laws, vol. i. p.
77. Also Sir John SINCLAIR's Code of Health, vol. i. p. 386.
There were but eleven years froin this prediction to the desolation of the kingdoms of Israel. This made Grotius say, that the Transcribers had been mistaken, and writscheschem sisty, instead of schesch six; and BOCHART observes, that they have committed the same mistake in some other places of Scripture. So that six and five make up the eleven years intervening from the prophecy to its accomplishment. We should consequently read within six, and five yeurs Ephraim shall be broken. (See Essay for a New Translation, part ii. p. 133.) — The propriety of the phrase will appear, when it is considered, that the prophet is foretelling two captivities, one at the end of siz years, and the other five years after it : in this way Ephraim was literally broken by two successive captivities.
The acorn of the quercus suber, or the cork-tree, is as good as the Gilbert; and, like that nut, sold in the markets of Spain.
The truuk of the Live Oak is generally from 12 to 18 feet in girt, and rises erect from the earth 10 or 12 feet, sometimes 18 or 20; then divides itself into 3, 4, or 5 great limbs, which continue to grow in nearly a horizontal direction, each limb forming a gentle curve from its base to its extremity. It is evergreen, and the wood almost incorruptible, even in the open air. It bears a prodigious quantity of fruit; the acorn is small, but an agreeable food for almost all animals. The Indians obtain from it a sweet oil, which they use in the cooking of hommony, rice, &c.; and they also roast it in hot embers, eating it as we do chesnuts.
BARTRAM's Trav. p. 82.
3927. [--- 13 16.) This sign, which had been first offered to Ahaz, but, on his refusal, vow to the “house of David”; was evidently designed to comfort the Jews by the assurance, that God intended, at some future time, to raise up a glorious person among them; and that, until this future time, they should continue a people, though their enemies should be ever so vunerous or powersul. —“The longer that birth was future, the longer was the house of David secure of deliverance from destruction : because that family was by no means to fail, till the birth of IMMANUEL, of a pure virgin, was come to pass.”
WHiston's Supplement to the literal accom
plishment, 8c. p. 54. — Gill's Discourse on the Prophecies, p. 97.
3928. [~ 14.] The word here translated virgin, occurs Gen. xxxiv. 3, 4. Exod. ii. 8. Ps. Ixviii. 25. Song of Sol. i. 3. vi. 8. Prov. xxx. 19. The Septuagint Greek for it, occurs also, Matt. i. 23, 25. xxv. I, 7, 11. Luke i. 27. dets xxi. 9. 1 Cor. vii. 25, 28, 34, 36, 37. 2 Cor. xi. 2. Rev. xiv. 4. And signifies invariably a virgin betrothed for marriage. Sce Deut. xxii. 23, 24. — Bethulah is the proper Hebrew term for a virgin ; Lev. xxi. 13.
Almah] From the privacy in which unmarried (yet bee trothed) damsels were kept, they came to be called almahs, hidden or concealed. (Univer. Hist. vol. iii. p. 3:25.) – Does not the word rather denote one hidden, or ceasing to appear in public, on account of pregnancy? See Luke i. 24. Also Prov. xxx. 19.
A species of acorn, which makes very excellent food, is that of the green oak. It is of this that the Poets speak when they celebrate the felicity of the Golden Age, because its fruit then served as an aliment to man.
St. Pierre's Studies of Nature,
vol ii. p. 365,
3929. [--- 15.) In the East, particularly among the Arabs, one of their chief breakfasts, says D' ARVIEUX, is cream or fresh butter, mixed in a mass of honey. (Trav. p. 205.) — And whenever they would provide an elegant repast, THEVENOT tells us, they then invariably knead their bread-paste afresh, adding thereto butter, and sometimes also honey.
Trav. part i. p. 173.
sessed of some eminent qualification, receive a name that serves to perpetuate the fame of their actions or to make their abilities conspicuous. — 'Thus the great warrior of the Naudowessies was named Ottahtongoomlishcah, that is, the Great Father of Snakes : ottah being in English father, tongoom great, and lishcah a snake. Another chief was called Konahpawjatin, which means a swift runner over the mountains. And when they adopted captain Carver among them, they named him Shebaygo, which signifies a writer, or a person that is curious in making hieroglyphics, as they saw him often employed in writing. - See Gen. i. 19. –
3930. [Isai. vii. 15.] The clarified butter, or ghee, used throug hout Hindostan, pours like oil out of the duppers, or immense leather bottles in which it is transported, as an article of commerce ; and is every where preferred by the vatives to butter not so prepared.
FORBES' Oriental Memoirs, vol. i. p. 47.
See No. 190, &c. Sce his Trav. in N. America, p. 248.
In Hindostan, their butter, though soft, being cream beaten to a kind of thick oil, is very good.
Modern Univer. Hist. vol. vi.
3937. [Isai. viii. 1.] Be-chæret enosh. - In the days of Isaiah, the implement of writing was a stylus, or pin.
Geddes, Crit. Remarks, p. 289.
3932. [-16. That thou abhorrest] Kotz (Hebr.), for which thou art solicitous.
Univer. Hist. vol. iv, p. 71.
3938. [3.] At Nootka Sound, on the North-West coast of America, the child of a tais or chief, at the end of a month, receives from the grandees assembled a first name, which is changed when it quits the period of infancy; a third name is given to it at the epoch of puberty, and a fourth at that of youtb: a new name is also given when it attaius to maturity, — Girls, when they become inarriageable, change their name also. This is a period of rejoicing for the whole family. See No. 1763.
3933. [-18.] This metaphorical language is borrowed from a practice observed by the superintendents of bees, wbo with a whistle only, conduct them from their hives into the fields, and in like manner reconduct them home again. This practice, St. Cyril assures us, subsisted in Asia, in the fourth and fifth centuries. See No. 1958, 2068.
Nat. Delin. vol. iji. p. 26.
3939. [--- 4.] A prophecy, literally fulfilled, is a real miracle: one such, fairly produced, must go a great way in convincing all reasonable men.
3940. [Isai. ix. 1.] Galilee of the Gentiles (Matt. iv. 15) was the country above Jordan : it was more mixed with foreigners and aliens than the other parts of the Jewish territories; and seems, on that account, to have been abhorred by those of Jerusalem, who would not allow that any good thing could proceed from it. See John vii. 52.
See No. 72.
3936. [Isai. viii. 1.] Among the American Indians, such as have signalized themselves in war or hunting, or are pos
3941. [ 6. The government shall be upon his shoulder] At the Pelew Islands, when visited by Captain Wilson, Abba Thulle, their king, carried a hatchet of iron 3946. [Isai. xi. 6.] An elephant will suffer himself, in Asia, to be led about by a little child.
St. Pierre's Studies of Nature,
vol. ii. p. 214.
on his shoulder, which was so adapted to it, that it gave him no inconvenience. See Exod. xxviii. 12.
H. Wilson's Voyage. The Prince of Peace] Augustus had the honor to shut the temple of Janus, in token of universal peace, at the time when the Prince of peace was born. This is remarkable, because that temple was shut but a very few times.
CALMET, Art. Augustus. Nephle, the admirable. — BOYLE. See No. 2118.
3947. [-6 – 9.] The Israelites had such antipathy to the Gentiles, that the Prophet could not probably mention their future general conversion, with personal security to bimself, but under the characteristic desiguation of the various animals here enumerated. As the French in North America, perceiving the native Indians extremely suspicious when their proper dames were mentioned, lest their visitors were either speaking ill of thein, or plotting their destruction ; found it necessary to give to the different nations of those savages names which did not really belong to them, before they could safely, in their presence, converse with each other respecting them. The only bad consequence is, that English and French geographers, in their plans of the interior parts of America, give different names to the same people, and thereby perplex those who have occasion to refer to both.
See No. 190, 192, 44. CARVER's Travels in N. America,
3942. [Isai. x. 18.] The signifer (See Jer. i. 11) was apt to faint, because the figure he carried before the camp was generally very large.
See ADDISON on Medals, p. 81.
3943. [-30 — 33.] The seminary of Virapatnam was situated in a palm-garden; or, to speak more correctly, in a garden planted with cocoa-nut trees.
BARTOLOMEO, by Johnston, p. 19.
3944. * [Isai. xi. 4.] The blow-gun, still used by the Seneka Indians, is a narrow tube, commonly about six feet in length, made of a cane reed, or of some pithy wood, through which they drive short slender arrows by the force of the breath. The arrows are not much thicker than the lower string of a violin; they are headed generally with little triangular bits of tin; and round the opposite ends, for the length of two inches, a quantity of the down of thistles, or something very like it, is so bound, as to leave the arrows at this part of such a thickuess that they may but barely pass into the tube. The arrows are put in at the end held to the mouth ; the down catches the breath ; and with a smart puff they will fly to the distance of fifty yards, piercing to the very thistle-down in any animal substance at the distance of ten or fifteen yards.
WELD's Travels in N. America, vol. ii.
3948. - In the country of the Mahrattas, the unusual fainiliarity, common among all the different tribes of animals, which sport before strangers with the most careless indifference, is not a little surprising. The birds of the air, undismayed by our approach, perch on the trees, and swarm among the branches, as if they conceived man to be of a nature equally quiet and inoffensive with themselves; while the monkey and squirrel climb the wall, gambol on the housetop, and leap with confidence and alacrity from one bough to another over our heads. Even the most formidable quadrupeds seem to have lost their natural ferocity in the same harmless dispositions ; and hence the apprehensions commonly occasioned by the proximity of such neighbours, no longer disquiet the minds of the natives. llappy effect of those mild and innocent manners, whence have arisen peace and protection to all the inferior animals ! !
M. de Pace's Travels through the World,
vol. ii. p. 22.
Pausanias, in his Beotics, says Helicon (a mountain in Beotia) excels all the mountains in Greece in the abundance and virtues of the trees which grow in it: he likewise tells us it produces no letiferous herbs or roots.
Cooke's Hesiod, the Theog. p. 128.
In a place where there is a decoy for ducks, the master approaches it with a piece of burning peat on a fork before his mouth, or every duck would at once rise, by knowing the enemy's advance from his breath.
Dr. THORNTON, Phil. Mag.
3953. [Isai. xiv. 23.] At Pullingune, a woman was condemned to the besom, and her house confiscated, because contrary to royal prohibition she had sold palm-brandy. See Isai. v. 11.
BARTOLOMEO, by Johnston,
3950. [Isai. xiii. 19 — 22.] This is that Babel which was of old, a city of thirty miles in breadth. It is now laid waste. There are yet to be seen the ruins of Nebuchadnezzar's Palace; but the sons of men dare not enter in for fear of the serpents and scorpions which now occupy the place.
See BENJAMIN BAR-JONA, in his
3954. (Isai. xv. 1.] A fulfilment of these awful predictions respecting Moab, may be seen in Pliny's Natural History, lib. ii. cap. 86. He there mentionis a tremendous earthquake, by which twelve cities in Asia Minor (the country of Moab) were swallowed up in one night.
JEROME, who flourished in the fourth century, writes, that in his time, Babylon was utterly desolated; its walls only being kept up by the Parthian kings, for the preservation of game. BENJAMIN of Tudela, a learned Jew, who wrote about the middle of the twelfth century, informis us that when he was on the spot where the city of Babylon had stood, he saw only some ruins of Nebuchadnezzar's palace still remaining, which none dared to visit, for fear of the serpents and scorpions infesting the place. Texeira tells us, in his Travels from India to Italy, that when he sought for Babylon, scarcely a vestige remained of that great and renowned city. UWOLF also, a German who visited those parts in 1574, confirms the accounts of the above writers. He represents Elugo, as a small village, standing now where Babylon, the metropolis of Chaldea, formerly stood. The country around, he describes as so dry and barren, that it cannot be tilled; and declares, that he could not have discovered even the situation of that once powerful city, but by certain antiquities still lo be seen in the neighbourhood. 1. By the old bridge, throwni over the Euphrates ; of which there are some arches still remaining, built of burnt brick, and wonderfully strong. 2. By the hill, on which the castle stood; where the ruins of its fortifications are still visible. And, 3. By the tower of Babylon, appearing yet half a league in diameter, but so ruinous and full of venomous reptiles, that, except in the depth of winter, no person chooses to approach it within half a mile. Among its reptiles there is one, in the Persian tongue called Eglo, bigger than our lizard, and extremely venomous. Isai. xiv 23.
Univer. Hist. vol. viii. p. 418.
3955. [-2.] When Peter the Great attempted to civilize the Russians, and introduced the manners and fashions of the more refined parts of Europe, nothing met with more opposition than the cutting off their beards ; and many of those who were obliged to comply with this command, testified such great veneration for their beards, as to order them to be buried with them.
BURDER's Oriental Customs ; or Bib.
Research. vol. i. p. 286.
3956. [-7. The brook of the willows] The valley of willows; that is, Babylonia.
See PRIDEAUX' Connex. part i. 6. 2.
p. 105. 8vo.
3957. (Isai. xvi. 10.] In the Highlands of Scotland, when cutting dowu the corn, thirty or forty females join in chorus, keeping time to the sound of the bagpipe, as the Grecian Jasses were wont to sing to that of a lyre during vintage in the days of Homer (Iliad, xviji. I. 570).
Pinkerton's Coll. part s. p. 317.
3952. [Isai. xiv. 5. The Lord hath broken the staff of the wicked] From verse 7 of this chapter, it appears that the consequence of this breaking of the staff' was peace. And the following extract will prove, that this ceremony of denoting peace is still practised by some people.- Not far from New Guinea, several canoes, full of a dark swarthy people, came to Schouten's ship; and being received on board, broke their staves over the heads of the Dutch, in token of peace.
Mavor's Voy. vol. ii. p. 201.
3958. [Isai. xvii. 12.]
Quis te tam lente fluentem, Moturum tantas violenti gurgitis irás, Nile, putet ? Sed cum lapsus abrupta viarum Excerpere tuos, et præcipitæ cataraelæ, Ac nusquam vetitis ullas obsistere cautes Indignaris aquis : spuina tunc astra lacessis;
still have in Abyssinia, which they call Toncoa, and from the use of these it is that Isaiah describes the nations, probably the Egyptiaus (rather Nubians), on whom the vengeance of God was speedily to fall.
BRUCE, vol. v. p. 6.
Cuncta fremunt undis ; ac multo murmure montis
LUCAN, lib. x. vol. 315.
Rowe, Lucius, an Ethiopian of Nubia which lies near these sonorous cataracts, was under two feet in height, weighed seventeen pounds; but his voice was prodigious.
See Frag. to CALMET, vol. ji. p. 171.
3963. [Isai. xviii. 2.) We saw on the Nile in Upper Egypt, a float of straw supported by gourds and governed by two men. And near Deheschene in particular, we saw several floats formed of eartheu pots tied together by twisted oziers. It is the ordinary manner of conveyance, and there needs but two inen to govern such a float.
Norden, dol. ii. pp. 63, 61.
3959. [Isai. xviii. 1. Shadowing with wings] Egypt, that is, the fruitful part of it, exclusive of the deserts on each side, is one long vale, through the middle of which runs the Nile, bounded on each side to the east and west by a chain of mountains ; seven hundred and fifty miles in Jength; in breadth, from one to two or three days' journey : even at the widest part of the Delta, from Pelusium to Alexandria, not above two hundred and fifty iniles broad.
Lowth's Isaiah, vol. ii. p. 147.
At Maraga they reap the best wheat of all Egypt; but the lands about it suffer a great deal from the inundations of the Nile, which every year carries away something.
Ibid. p. 40. The Chronicle of Axum says, that Abyssinia had never been inhabited till 1808 years before Christ, and 200 years after that, which was in 1600, it was laid waste by a food, the face of the country much changed and deformed, so that it was called at that time Oure Midre, the country laid waste, or as it is here called, a land which the waters or Hvods had spoiled. Some time after the year 1500 we kuow, says Bruce, there happened a flood which occasioned great devastation. Pausanias says, that this flood happened in Ethiopia in the reign of Cecrops ; and about 1490 years before Christ, the Israelites entered the land of promise under Caleb and Joshua. — This country is liable to a deluge of several months. - No country but that of Shangalla, , deluged with six months' rains, full of large and deep basins, or watered by large and deep rivers, can maintain the Rhinoceros who lives in wet and marshy places.
Trav. vol. v. pp. 82,- 99.
Beyond the rivers of Ethiopia] We came to the Nile, says PocOCKE, at the port of the boats which came from Ethiopia, where we saw most of the people black : so that, on the one side, and on the other, the Egyptian and Ethiopian navigation ends at the cataracts.
Trav. vol. i. p. 124.
3961. [-2.] In Upper Egypt, at Kaffr Essaiad we saw descending a flotilla of rasts formed of earthen ware, which they were conveying to Cairo. Below this island, the Nile forms a large sinuosity; the current undermines the western shore, which is steep in this broad angle, and detaches from it enormous masses of marshy earth.
SONNINI, Trav. vol. iji.
3965. - At Malaga, the great mart of wine and fruit, the north and east approaches are hemmed in by mouse tains; these present, from the town, a most barren and vopromising prospect, their tops being immensely high. It is in those iron-looking mountains, and among these peeled (i. e. bald) rocks, where there is no appearance of soil or earth, that there grow annually so many thousand tons of exquisite wine, and such astonishing quantities of Moscatal raisius.
Carter's Journey from Gibraltar to
Malaga, vol. ii. p. 387.
The boats of Abyssinia are made of Papyrus, a piece of the Acacia-tree being put in the bottom to serve as a keel, to which the plants were joined, being first sewed together, then gathered up at stem and stern, and the ends of the plants tied fast there. This is the only boat they
In America at a village called Olopo, a a district of Tomina, the natives are so little and deformed, that they seem like pigmies.
Travels from Buenos Ayres, by