Lamentations 1** It is evident that Jeremiah was the author of theLamentations which bear his name. The book was not written tillafter the destruction of Jerusalem by the Chaldeans. May we beled to consider sin as the cause of all our calamities, andunder trials exercise submission, repentance, faith, and prayer,with the hope of promised deliverance through God's mercy. * The miserable state of Jerusalem, the just consequences of itssins. (1-11) Jerusalem represented as a captive female,lamenting, and seeking the mercy of God. (12-22)1-11 The prophet sometimes speaks in his own person; at othertimes Jerusalem, as a distressed female, is the speaker, or someof the Jews. The description shows the miseries of the Jewishnation. Jerusalem became a captive and a slave, by reason of thegreatness of her sins; and had no rest from suffering. If weallow sin, our greatest adversary, to have dominion over us,justly will other enemies also be suffered to have dominion. Thepeople endured the extremities of famine and distress. In thissad condition Jerusalem acknowledged her sin, and entreated theLord to look upon her case. This is the only way to makeourselves easy under our burdens; for it is the just anger ofthe Lord for man's transgressions, that has filled the earthwith sorrows, lamentations, sickness, and death. 12-22 Jerusalem, sitting dejected on the ground, calls on thosethat passed by, to consider whether her example did not concernthem. Her outward sufferings were great, but her inwardsufferings were harder to bear, through the sense of guilt.Sorrow for sin must be great sorrow, and must affect the soul.Here we see the evil of sin, and may take warning to flee fromthe wrath to come. Whatever may be learned from the sufferingsof Jerusalem, far more may be learned from the sufferings ofChrist. Does he not from the cross speak to every one of us?Does he not say, Is it nothing to you, all ye that pass by? Letall our sorrows lead us to the cross of Christ, lead us to markhis example, and cheerfully to follow him.
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