L A M E N T A T I O N S.
We have here the first alphabet of this
lamentation, twenty-two stanzas, in which the miseries of Jerusalem
are bitterly bewailed and her present deplorable condition is
aggravated by comparing it with her former prosperous state; all
along, sin is acknowledged and complained of as the procuring cause
of all these miseries; and God is appealed to for justice against
their enemies and applied to for compassion towards them. The
chapter is all of a piece, and the several remonstrances are
interwoven; but here is, I. A complaint made to God of their
calamities, and his compassionate consideration desired, ver. 1-11. II. The same complaint
made to their friends, and their compassionate consideration
desired, ver. 12-17. III.
An appeal to God and his righteousness concerning it (ver. 18-22), in which he is
justified in their affliction and is humbly solicited to justify
himself in their deliverance.