19 And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!
19 Verse 19. And wo unto them (alas! for them) that are with
child, &c.] For such persons are not in a condition to make their
escape; neither can they bear the miseries of the siege. Josephus
says the houses were full of women and children that perished by
the famine; and that the mothers snatched the food even out of
their own children's mouths. See WAR, b. v. c. 10. But he
relates a more horrid story than this, of one Mary, the daughter
of Eliezar, illustrious for her family and riches, who, being
stripped and plundered of all her goods and provisions by the
soldiers, in hunger, rage, and despair, killed and boiled her own
sucking child, and had eaten one half of him before it was
discovered. This shocking story is told, WAR, b. vi. c. 3, with
several circumstances of aggravation.