4But I will put hooks in thy jaws, and I will cause the fish of thy rivers to stick unto thy scales, and I will bring thee up out of the midst of thy rivers, and all the fish of thy rivers shall stick unto thy scales.
4 Verse 4. I will put hooks in thy jaws] Amasis, one of this
king's generals, being proclaimed king by an insurrection of the
people, dethroned Apries, and seized upon the kingdom; and Apries
was obliged to flee to Upper Egypt for safety.
I will cause the fish-to stick unto thy scales] Most fish are
sorely troubled with a species of insect which bury their heads in
their flesh, under their scales, and suck out the vital juices.
The allusion seems to be to this. Pharaoh was the crocodile; the
fish, the common people; and the sticking to his scales, the
insurrection by which he was wasted and despoiled of his