You shall burn with fire a third part in the midst of the city, when the days of the siege are fulfilled: and you shall take a third part, and strike about it with a sword: and a third part you shall scatter in the wind; and I will draw out a sword after them.
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George Leo Haydock
Third. Septuagint and Theodotion read "a fourth "as also ver. 12., (Calmet) thus assigning half to be burnt by death (pestilence) and famine. The other half of the people falls a prey to the sword and to captivity. The pestilence, famine, and the sword, were the three usual scourges left to David's choice, (2 Kings xxiv.) which here destroy each a fourth part, while the rest become captives. Yet even of this third or fourth part, many engage in civil broils, and perish. St. Jerome hints that the Septuagint is interpolated from Theodotion, ver. 12, and that their version only comprised the pentateuch. But the other books went at least under the same title; and there must be some mistake in the words asterisked, since they occur in the Hebrew, Vulgate, third being only substituted for fourth: "And a fourth part of thee shall fall by the sword. "The Hebrew is rather less degrading to the Jews, as there would be thus at most one-third preserved, instead of a part only of one-fourth. See Deuteronomy xxvii. 4., and Jeremias lii. 28.
Take. Septuagint add here, "a fourth part; and shalt burn it in the midst of it; and a fourth thou shalt cut "(Haydock)
He was thus to deal with a part of the hair during 390 days, (Menochius) or at the end of them. (R. Salom.)
Round, in the cities near Jerusalem, (Worthington) or round the picture of it, chap. iv. 1.