Micah 1:16. Make thee bald O Judah and Israel, tear off thy hair; and poll thee Shave what thou canst not tear off; for thy delicate children, &c. For the loss of them, some being slain, others starved or swept away by pestilence, and the residue carried into captivity. Cutting the hair, or shaving it close, were expressions of mourning and lamentation anciently used among most nations. Enlarge thy baldness as the eagle When she moults her feathers; for they are gone into captivity, &c. By these phrases the prophet signifies, that the calamity would be so great as to deserve the strongest expressions of grief.
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