5. They that did feed delicately are desolate in the streets: they that were brought up in scarlet embrace dung-hills.
5. Qui comedebant ad delicias (hoc est, in deliciis, ad verbum,
Here he goes on farther, and says, that they had perished with famine who had been accustomed to the most delicate food. He had said generally that infants found nothing in their mothers' breasts, but pined away with thirst, and also that children died through want of bread. But he now amplifies this calamity by saying, that this not only happened to the children of the common people, but also to those who had been brought up delicately, and had been clothed in scarlet and purple.
Then he says that
1 The dunghills were collections of cow-dung and other things heaped together for fuel instead of wood. They had been brought up "on scarlet," i.e., on scarlet couches, they were now glad to lie down anywhere, even on dunghills, and hence they are said to have embraced them, as though they had a love for them, --
They who had fed on delicacies
Perished in the streets;
They who had been brought up on scarlet
Embraced the dunghills. -- Ed.
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