S E C O N D K I N G S
Ever since David's time Jerusalem had been a
celebrated place, beautiful for situation and the joy of the whole
earth: while the book of psalms lasts that name will sound great.
In the New Testament we read much of it, when it was, as here,
ripening again for its ruin. In the close of the Bible we read of a
new Jerusalem. Every thing therefore that concerns Jerusalem is
worthy our regard. In this chapter we have, I. The utter
destruction of Jerusalem by the Chaldeans, the city besieged and
taken (ver. 1-4), the
houses burnt (ver. 8, 9),
and wall broken down (ver.
10), and the inhabitants carried away into captivity,
ver. 11, 12. The glory
of Jerusalem was, 1. That it was the royal city, where were set
"the thrones of the house of David;" but that glory has now
departed, for the prince is made a most miserable prisoner, the
seed royal is destroyed (ver.
5-7), and the principal officers are put to death,
ver. 18-21. 2. That it
was the holy city, where was the testimony of Israel; but that
glory has departed, for Solomon's temple is burnt to the ground
(ver. 9) and the sacred
vessels that remained are carried away to Babylon, ver. 13-17. Thus has Jerusalem
become as a widow, Lam. i. 1.
Ichabod—Where is the glory? II. The distraction and dispersion of
the remnant that was left in Judah under Gedaliah, ver. 22-26. III. The countenance
which, after thirty-seven years' imprisonment, was given to
Jehoiachin the captive king of Judah, ver. 27-30.