* he took.
The sending the pieces of the oxen was an act similar to that
of the Levite, Jud 19:29, where see the Note. An eminent
Scotch writer describes the rites, incantations, and
imprecations used prior to the fiery cross being circulated,
to summon the rough warriors of ancient times to the service
of their chief; and he alludes to this ancient custom, which
in comparatively modern times, has been practised in Scotland;
and proves that a similar punishment of death, or destruction
of their houses, for disobeying the summons, was inflicted by
the ancient Scandinavians, as recorded by Olaus Magnus, in his
History of the Goths. This bears a striking similarity to the
ancient custom of the Israelites. With the Highlanders, a
goat was slain; with the Israelites, an ox. The exhibition of
a cross, stained with the blood of the sacrificed animal, was
the summons of the former, while part of the animal, was the
mandate of the latter. Disobedience in one nation was
punished with the death of themselves or oxen, and burning of
their dwellings in the other.
* the fear.
Ge 35:5 2Ch 14:14 17:10
* with one consent. Heb. as one man.