Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible, by John Wesley, [1754-65], at sacred-texts.com
lam 5:3We - We are all of us without a king, (our common father) we are deprived of thy fatherly protection, and many young children among us are left without an earthly parent.
lam 5:4Sold - Whereas at other times there was abundance of wood and water throughout Judea.
lam 5:6We - The ten tribes were all carried captives into Assyria, and many of the kingdom of Judah fled into Egypt. Giving the hand may signify labouring for them: or, yielding up themselves to their power.
lam 5:7Their iniquities - The punishment of them.
lam 5:9The sword - The enemies lay encamped in all the plains, so that they could stir out no way but the sword of the Chaldeans was upon them.
lam 5:13Fell - Not being able to stand under the burdens laid upon them.
lam 5:16The crown - All our honour, splendor and dignity.
lam 5:19Thy throne - Altho' for our sins thou sufferest our throne to be cast down, yet thou art the same, thy power is not diminished, nor thy goodness abated.
lam 5:21Renew - Restore us to our former estate.