* Take to.
This was a significant command; not only referring to the
fiery furnace, which was a type of the slavery of the
Israelites, but to a cruel rite common among the Egyptians.
They had several cities styled Typhonian, in which at
particular seasons they sacrificed men, who were burnt alive;
and the ashes of the victim were scattered upwards in the
air, with the view, probably, that where any atom of dust was
carried, a blessing was entailed. The like, therefore, was
done by Moses, though with a different intention, and more
certain effect. See Bryant, pp. 93-106.