Lamentations 1

** It is evident that Jeremiah was the author of the

Lamentations which bear his name. The book was not written till

after the destruction of Jerusalem by the Chaldeans. May we be

led to consider sin as the cause of all our calamities, and

under 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 its

sins. (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 other

times Jerusalem, as a distressed female, is the speaker, or some

of the Jews. The description shows the miseries of the Jewish

nation. Jerusalem became a captive and a slave, by reason of the

greatness of her sins; and had no rest from suffering. If we

allow sin, our greatest adversary, to have dominion over us,

justly will other enemies also be suffered to have dominion. The

people endured the extremities of famine and distress. In this

sad condition Jerusalem acknowledged her sin, and entreated the

Lord to look upon her case. This is the only way to make

ourselves easy under our burdens; for it is the just anger of

the Lord for man's transgressions, that has filled the earth

with sorrows, lamentations, sickness, and death.
12-22 Jerusalem, sitting dejected on the ground, calls on those

that passed by, to consider whether her example did not concern

them. Her outward sufferings were great, but her inward

sufferings 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 from

the wrath to come. Whatever may be learned from the sufferings

of Jerusalem, far more may be learned from the sufferings of

Christ. 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? Let

all our sorrows lead us to the cross of Christ, lead us to mark

his example, and cheerfully to follow him.
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