30:2-4 Eze 30:9
It is well known that the Egyptians commonly used on the Nile
a light sort of ships or boats made of the papyrus. See note
on Ex 2:3.
* to a nation.
* scattered and peeled. or, outspread and polished.
Or, as Bp. Lowth renders, "stretched out in length and
smoothed." Egypt, which is situated between 24; degrees and 32
degrees N. lat. and 30; degrees and 33; degrees E. long., being
bounded on the south by Ethiopia, on the north by the
Mediterranean, on the east by the mountains of Arabia, and on
the west by those of Lybia, is one long vale, 750; miles in
length, (through the middle of which runs the Nile,) in
breadth from one to two or three day's journey, and even at
the widest part of the Delta, from Pelusium to Alexandria, not
above 250; miles broad.
* to a people.
Ge 10:8,9 2Ch 12:2-4 14:9 16:8
* Heb. Meted out and trodden down. or, that meteth out and
treadeth down. Heb. of line, line, and treading under foot.
This is an allusion to the frequent necessity of having
recourse to mensuration in Egypt, in order to determine their
boundaries, after the inundation of the Nile had smoothed
their land and effaced their landmarks; and to their method of
throwing seed upon the mud, when the waters had subsided, and
treading it in by turning their cattle into the fields.
* have spoiled. or, despise.