Verse 22. "Thou hast called as in a solemn day" - It is by thy influence alone that so many enemies are called together at one time; and they have so hemmed us in that none could escape, and none remained unslain or uncaptivated, Perhaps the figure is the collecting of the people in Jerusalem on one of the solemn annual festivals. God has called terrors together to feast on Jerusalem, similar to the convocation of the people from all parts of the land to one of those annual festivals. The indiscriminate slaughter of young and old, priest and prophet, all ranks and conditions, may be illustrated by the following verses from Lucan, which appear as if a translation of the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty- first verses of this chapter:-
Nobilitas cum plebe perit; lateque vagatur Ensis, et a nullo revocatum est pectore ferrum.
Stat cruor in Templis; multaque rubentia caede Lubrica saxa madent. Nulli sua profuit aetas.
Non senes extremum piguit vergentibus annis Praecipitasse diem; nec primo in limine vitae, Infanti miseri nascentia rumpere fata. Pharsal. lib. ii., 101.
"With what a slide devouring slaughter passed, And swept promiscuous orders in her haste; O'er noble and plebeian ranged the sword, Nor pity nor remorse one pause afford! The sliding streets with blood were clotted o'er, And sacred temples stood in pools of gore.
The ruthless steel, impatient of delay, Forbade the sire to linger out his day: It struck the bending father to the earth, And cropped the wailing infant at its birth." ROWE.