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Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible, by John Wesley, [1754-65], at

Lamentations Chapter 5

Lamentations 5:3

lam 5:3

We - 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.

Lamentations 5:4

lam 5:4

Sold - Whereas at other times there was abundance of wood and water throughout Judea.

Lamentations 5:6

lam 5:6

We - 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.

Lamentations 5:7

lam 5:7

Their iniquities - The punishment of them.

Lamentations 5:9

lam 5:9

The 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.

Lamentations 5:13

lam 5:13

Fell - Not being able to stand under the burdens laid upon them.

Lamentations 5:16

lam 5:16

The crown - All our honour, splendor and dignity.

Lamentations 5:19

lam 5:19

Thy 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.

Lamentations 5:21

lam 5:21

Renew - Restore us to our former estate.

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