And one went out into the field to gather herbs, and found a wild vine, and gathered from it his lap full of wild gourds, and came and shred them into the pot of pottage: for they knew them not.
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George Leo Haydock
Wild herbs. Hebrew oroth. Septuagint arioth, may denote any thing that could be "gathered. "
Gourds: colocynth ides. They resembled cucumbers; but were so bitter, that they were styled, "the gall of the earth. "Valles us, (Phil. c. 36.) who observes, that a small quantity may cause death, (c. 37.) and that the remedy used by the prophet was supernatural; though Lemnius (c. 7.) asserts, that the mixture of barley-flour would take away the bitterness. (Tirinus)
It has, in effect, that tendency; but the hand of God must still be acknowledged. (Calmet)