Lamentations 5 Bible Commentary

John Wesley’s Explanatory Notes

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Verse 3

[3] We are orphans and fatherless, our mothers are as widows.

We — We are all of us without a king, (our common father) we are deprived of thy fatherly protection, and many young children among us are left without an earthly parent.

Verse 4

[4] We have drunken our water for money; our wood is sold unto us.

Sold — Whereas at other times there was abundance of wood and water throughout Judea.

Verse 6

[6] We have given the hand to the Egyptians, and to the Assyrians, to be satisfied with bread.

We — The ten tribes were all carried captives into Assyria, and many of the kingdom of Judah fled into Egypt. Giving the hand may signify labouring for them: or, yielding up themselves to their power.

Verse 7

[7] Our fathers have sinned, and are not; and we have borne their iniquities.

Their iniquities — The punishment of them.

Verse 9

[9] We gat our bread with the peril of our lives because of the sword of the wilderness.

The sword — The enemies lay encamped in all the plains, so that they could stir out no way but the sword of the Chaldeans was upon them.

Verse 13

[13] They took the young men to grind, and the children fell under the wood.

Fell — Not being able to stand under the burdens laid upon them.

Verse 16

[16] The crown is fallen from our head: woe unto us, that we have sinned!

The crown — All our honour, splendor and dignity.

Verse 19

[19] Thou, O LORD, remainest for ever; thy throne from generation to generation.

Thy throne — Altho' for our sins thou sufferest our throne to be cast down, yet thou art the same, thy power is not diminished, nor thy goodness abated.

Verse 21

[21] Turn thou us unto thee, O LORD, and we shall be turned; renew our days as of old.

Renew — Restore us to our former estate.