And Jehovah doth so, and the grievous beetle entereth the house of Pharaoh, and the house of his servants, and in all the land of Egypt the land is corrupted from the presence of the beetle.
Exodus 8:24 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
The land was corrupted - Every thing was spoiled, and many of the inhabitants destroyed, being probably stung to death by these venomous insects. This seems to be intimated by the psalmist, "He sent divers sorts of flies among them, which Devoured them," Psalm 78:45.
In ancient times, when political, domestic, and personal cleanliness was but little attended to, and offal of different kinds permitted to corrupt in the streets and breed vermin, flies multiplied exceedingly, so that we read in ancient authors of whole districts being laid waste by them; hence different people had deities, whose office it was to defend them against flies. Among these we may reckon Baalzebub, the fly-god of Ekron; Hercules, muscarum abactor, Hercules, the expeller of flies, of the Romans; the Muagrus of the Eleans, whom they invoked against pestilential swarms of flies; and hence Jupiter, the supreme god of the heathens, had the epithets of Απομυιος and Μυωδης, because he was supposed to expel flies, and defend his worshippers against them. See Dodd.
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Exodus 8:21 Else, if you will not let my people go, behold, I will send swarms of flies on you, and on your servants, and on your people...
Psalm 78:45 He sent divers sorts of flies among them, which devoured them; and frogs, which destroyed them.
Psalm 105:31 He spoke, and there came divers sorts of flies, and lice in all their coasts.
the land. How intolerable a plague of flies can prove, is evident from the fact that whole districts have been laid waste by them. The inhabitants have been forced to quit their cities, not being able to stand against the flies and gnats with which they were pestered. Hence different people had deities whose office it was to defend them against flies. Among these may be reckoned Baalzebub, the fly-god of Ekron; Hercules, the expeller of flies; and hence Jupiter had the titles, because he was supposed to expel flies, and especially clear his temples of these insects.
Exodus 8:14 And they gathered them together on heaps: and the land stank.
corrupted. or destroyed
Exodus 8:24 Parallel CommentariesBeetle Bondmen Clouds Corrupted Dense Dog-Flies Egypt Entereth Flies Great Grievous House Houses Insects Laid Multitude Officials Palace Pharaoh Pharaoh's Poured Presence Reason Ruined Servants Swarm Swarms Throughout WasteBeetle Bondmen Clouds Corrupted Dense Dog-Flies Egypt Entereth Flies Great Grievous House Houses Insects Laid Multitude Officials Palace Pharaoh Pharaoh's Poured Presence Reason Ruined Servants Swarm Swarms Throughout WasteTHE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica®.
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