Verse 21. "A great hail-about the weight of a talent" - Has this any reference to cannon balls and bombs? It is very doubtful; we are all in the dark in these matters.
The words wv talantiaia, as a talent, are used to express something great, excessively oppressive; as noshmatwn talantiaiwn, terrible diseases, not diseases of the weight of a talent. See Rosenmuller.