Lamentations Chapter 1 (Original 1611 KJV Bible)
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1 The miserable estate of Ierusalem by reason of her sinne, 12 Shee complaineth of her griefe, 18 and confesseth Gods iudgement to be righteous.
2 Shee weepeth sore in the night, and her teares are on her cheekes: among all her louers she hath none to comfort her, all her friends haue dealt treacherously with her, they are become her enemies.2
7 Ierusalem remembred in the dayes of her affliction, and of her miseries, all her pleasant things that she had in the dayes of old, when her people fell into the hand of the enemie, and none did helpe her, the aduersaries saw her, and did mocke at her Sabbaths.7
10 The aduersarie hath spread out his hand vpon all her pleasant things: for she hath seene that the heathen entred into her Sanctuarie, whom thou didst command that they should not enter into thy congregation.10
12 ¶ Is it nothing to you, all ye that passe by? Behold and see, if there be any sorow like vnto my sorowe, which is done vnto me, wherewith the Lord hath afflicted me, in the day of his fierce anger.12
14 The yoke of my transgressions is bound by his hand: they are wreathed, and come vp vpon my necke: he hath made my strength to fall, the Lord hath deliuered me into their hands, from whom I am not able to rise vp.
15 The Lord hath troden vnder foot all my mightie men in the midst of me: he hath called an assembly against mee, to crush my yong men. The Lord hath troden the virgine, the daughter of Iudah, as in a wine presse.15
17 Zion spreadeth forth her hands, and there is none to comfort her: the Lord hath commanded concerning Iacob, that his aduersaries should bee round about him: Ierusalem is as a menstruous woman among them.
21 They haue heard that I sigh, there is none to comfort me: all mine enemies haue heard of my trouble, they are glad that thou hast done it: thou wilt bring the day that thou hast called, and they shall be like vnto me.21
View Wesley's Notes for Lamentations Chapter 1
1:1 A widow - She that had a king, or rather a God, that was an husband to her, now was forsaken of God, and her king taken from her.
1:3 Because - Because of the servitude and oppression exercised among them: oppression by their rulers, and servitude more generally; keeping their servants beyond the year of jubilee, when they ought to be set at liberty. The straits - Those that pursued them overtook them in places where they could not escape.
1:4 She - Persons of all ages and ranks are in bitterness.
1:10 Pleasant things - Has laid violent hands on them. The things of the sanctuary were always pleasant things to those that feared God.
1:11 Bread - Even in a land that ordinarily flowed with milk and honey, they were at a loss for bread to eat. Given - And gave any thing for something to satisfy their hunger. Vile - Miserable or contemptible.
1:12 Is it nothing - The prophet speaks in the name of the Jewish church.
1:13 Fire - A judgment as consuming, and afflictive as fire.
1:14 Is bound - Put upon my neck on account of my transgressions. Wreathed - My punishments are twisted as cords; I have a complication of judgments upon me, sword, famine, pestilence, captivity.
1:15 An assembly - God had called an assembly of Chaldeans against the city, to crush the inhabitants of it. Trodden - God had trodden upon the Jews as men use to stamp grapes in a wine - press.
1:16 The comforter - God.
1:17 Jerusalem - Is become loathsome and filthy.
1:19 Deceived - They did not answer my expectation.
1:20 Death - By famine and pestilence.
1:21 They - The neighbouring nations. Like me - But thou hast foretold their destruction also, and hast by me proclaimed it: and thou shalt in that day bring them into as sad a condition as I am in now.
Lamentations Chapter 1 Sidenote References (from Original 1611 KJV Bible):
2 Ier.13.17. , Iob.7.3.
3 Heb. for the greatnesse of seruitude.
5 Deut. 28. 13. , Ier. 52. 28.
7 Or, desireable.
8 Heb. is become a remouing or wandering.
10 Or, desireable. , Deu.23.3
11 Or, to make the soule to come againe.
12 Or, it is nothing. , Heb. passe by the way.
15 Or, the winepresse of the virgine, &c.
16 Ier.13.17 and 14.17. chap. 2.18. , Heb. bring backe.
18 Dan.9.7. , Heb. mouth.
20 Isa.16.11. iere.48.36.
21 Or, proclaimed.
* Courtesy of Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Pennsylvania
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