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HAYDOCK CATHOLIC BIBLE COMMENTARY ON THE OLD TESTAMENT



LAMENTATIONS 2

 

CHAPTER II.

 

Ver. 1.  Obscurity.  He continues to bewail the misery of Jerusalem. --- Heaven, the highest glory.  Is. xiv. 12. --- Stool; the temple, and the land.  The ark fell not into the hands of the enemy.  C. --- The punishment which the Lord permits, is justly ascribed to Him.  W.

 

Ver. 2.  Unclean, or treated it as such.  C. --- Sept. "he hath accounted profane the kings."  H. --- Joakim, Jechonias, Sedecias, and the royal family, were exposed to the greatest ignominy and sufferings.  C.

 

Ver. 3.  Horn: beauty and power, (H.) the two kingdoms, the fortresses, (C.) and all their strength, denoted by horns.  W. --- Hand; refusing us protection, and aiding the Chaldees.

 

Ver. 5.  Women, suffering them to be abused.  C. v. 11. 13.

 

Ver. 6.  Tent: the temple, with the same indifference as if it had been a hut, built to guard the fruit of a garden.  Is. v. 5.  Ps. lxxix. 13. --- Sabbaths.  The Jews rested, but could offer no sacrifices in captivity. --- Priest.  Saraias was slain, and Sedecias imprisoned, &c.  C. lii. 10.  C.

 

Ver. 7.  Cursed, or suffered it to be polluted, (W.) as he looked on it with horror, after it had been profaned by Achaz, &c. --- Towers.  Sept. "palaces;" barewn. --- Feast.  What a contrast!  The temple used to resound with songs of praise and music: the Chaldees fill it with insolent shouts of victory.

 

Ver. 8.  Line, to level it with the ground, (Is. xxxiv. 11.  C.) or to treat it with just severity.  Theod. --- Bulwark.  Lit. "the first wall," (H.) or ditch, lined with palisades.  Alexander ordered the towers to be levelled, and the horses' manes to be cut, when Hephæstion died, to denote the general sorrow.

 

Ver. 9.  Among, as slaves, or in prison. --- Law has been neglected; and now it cannot be observed, as to the ceremonial part.  There are no public instructions. --- No vision.  When Jeremias was consulted, he had to pray for ten days.  C. xlii. 7.

 

Ver. 10.  Ancients, even magistrates.  C. --- Canitiem multo deformat pulvere. Æn. x.

 

Ver. 11.  Earth, by an overflowing of the bile, occasioned by grief.  Job xvi. 14.  C.

 

Ver. 13.  Sea.  This is an hyperbole, to express the greatness of sorrow, as the sea surpasses all other waters.  W.

 

Ver. 14.  Revelations.  Heb. Masoth, "burdens" for the enemy.  This sentence ought to come before and they, &c. as it is in the Vulg.  H.

 

Ver. 16.  Mouth, with scorn.  Is. lvii. 4.  Ps. xxxiv. 21.

 

Ver. 17.  Old, by Moses, (Deut. xxviii. 15. 49. Lev. xxvi. 14.) Micheas, (C. xxvi. 18.) Holda, &c.  C.

 

Ver. 18.  Upon.  Heb. and Sept. "O wall," &c.  v. 8.  H.

 

Ver. 19.  Watches.  Jerusalem is here represented in the midst of danger and misery.  C.

 

Ver. 20.  Dealt.  Lit. "gathered grapes."  C. i. 12.  H. --- Long; quite small.  Ps. xxxviii. 9.  This has been denounced, C. xix. 9.  Deut. xxviii. 53.  C.  It took place at Samaria, and in the last siege of Jerusalem, (Jos. Bel. vii. and viii.  W.) as well as at this time.  H.

 

Ver. 21.  Killed.  Lit. "stricken" (H.) with unusual severity.  W.

 

Ver. 22.  About.  The troops of the enemy resemble those multitudes, which come from all parts to Jerusalem.  Many kings could not raise such an army.  C.

 

 








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