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against them; I am like a person struck with lightning, which has broken my banes and pierced my vitals: he hath

spread a net for my feet, he hath turned me back: he 14 hath made me desolate [and] faint all the day. The

yoke of my transgressions, the burden of my iniquities, is bound by his hand: they are wreathed, [and] come up upon my neck : he hath made my strength to fall,

the Lord hath delivered me into their] hands, [from 15 whom) I am not able to rise up. The Lord hath

trodden under foot all my mighty (men) in the midst of me: he hath called an assembly against me to crush my young men : the Lord hath trodden the virgin, the daughter of Judah, fair and delicate as she was, [as]

in a winepress; she was crushed to pieces by the Chaldeans, 16 as grapes in a press. For these things ] I weep; mine

eye, mine eye runneth down with water, becaufe the comforter that should relieve my soul, is far from me:

my children are desolate, because the enemy prevailed. 17 Zion spreadeth forth her hands in fupplication, (and there

is] none to comfort her : the Lord. hath commanded concerning Jacob, [that] his adversaries [should be] round about him : Jerusalem is as a menstrous woman

among them, one set apart as unclean. 18 The Lord is righteous; for I have rebelled against

his commandment: hear, I pray you, all people, and

behold my sorrow; my virgins and my young men 19 are gone into captivity. I called for my lovers, (but]

they deceived me: my priests and mine elders gave up

the ghost in the city, while they fought their meat to 20 relieve their souls. Behold, O LORD; for I [am] in

distress: my bowels are troubled; mine heart is turned within me; for I have grievously rebelled : abroad the

fword bereaveth, at home there is) as death, or certain 21 death by famine. They have heard that I sigh: (there

is) none to comfort me : all mine enemies have 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 unto me; thou wilt execute like judg22 ments upon them, as thou haft foretuld. Let all their wick. edness come before thee, thet is, it shall come; and


do unto them, or, thou wilt do unto them, as thou hast done unto me for all my transgressions : for my fighs [are) many, and my heart [is] faint.

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THE distress of nations ought to afflict every hu

man heart. See what calamities war makes; and what great reason we have to be thankful that we have not been witnesses of, or sharers in, such terrible defolations. We have reason to pity and pray for those who have; and to bless God for peace and plenty. But O, think of those who are now returning to their houses and possessions, and find them all waste and desolate ; and offer up earnest prayers that God would support and provide for them.

2. The distresses of the church will particularly affect every pious heart. These the prophet tenderly laments. It is great joy to good men to see the church prosperous, and the ways to Zion crouded; and grievous to see her assemblies broken up by persecution ; or her ways neglected by those who have no good reason for such neglect ; to see their places empty, tho' they can pursue their business or pleasure; and thus throw contempt upon sacred things. It is grievous to hear the wicked mocking at their fabbaths. But pious men will not look upon them as less honourable, delightful, and advantageous on that account.

3. Let us acknowledge the hand and righteousness of God in all our afflictions. This is often mentioned, righteous art thou, O Lord. It becomes us to acknowledge this before him, and before men. It is a great comfort that we can apply to him, and expect relief from him. Too many when afflicted are apt to adopt the passionate complaints of the prophet; but it would be better for them to observe and adopt his expressions of humiliation, and his prayers for support.


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Jeremiah laments Jerusalem's misery, and she is directed to fue

earnestly for mercy and perdon.
OW hath the Lord covered the daughter of

Zion with a cloud in his anger, (and) cast down
from heaven unto the earth the temple, the beauty of

Ifrael, and remembered not the ark his footstool in ? the day of his anger! The Lord hath swallowed up all

the habitations of Jacob, and hath not pitied: he hath
thrown down in his wrath the strong holds of the
daughter of Judah; he hath brought (them) down to
the ground: he hath polluted the kingdom and the

princes thereof, even the royal family which he had chosen 3 himself. He hath cut off in (his] fierce anger all the

horn of Israel : he hath drawn back his right hand, his
wanted assistance, from before the enemy, and he burn-

ed against Jacob like a flaming fire, [which] devoureth 4 round about. He hath bent his bow like an enemy:

he stood with his right hand as an adversary, and flew
all (that were] pleasant to the eye in the tabernacle of

the daughter of Zion, the honourable, the reverend, and 5 the young : he poured out his fury. like fire. The LORD

was as an enemy, like a lion : he hath swallowed up
Israel, he hath swallowed up all her palaces : he hath

deítroyed his strong holds, and hath increased in the 6. daughter of Judah mourning and lamentation. And he hath violently taken away his tabernacle, as (if it were of ] a garden; as if it was a hovel or Jbed in a gara den, contemptible, and easily removed: he hach destroyed, his places of the assembly : the LORD hath caused the solemn feasts and fabbaths to be forgotten in Zion, and

hath despised in the indignation of his anger the king 7 and the priest. The LORD. hath cast off his altar, he

hath abhorred his fandivary, he hath given up into ti e
hand of the enemy the walls of her palaces ; they have
made a noise in the house of the Lord, as in the day
of a solemn feaft; but a very different noise

, not the sout
of worshippers, but of enemies, nct the dying groens of


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8 viktims, but of the worshippers themselves. The LORD

hath purposed to destroy the wall of the daughter of Zion : he hath stretched out a line in, righteousness, he hath not withdrawn his hand from destroying:

therefore he made the rampart and the wall to lament: 9 they languished together. Her gates are sunk inta

the ground; he hath destroyed and broken her bars: her king and her princes [are] among the Gentiles: the law [is] no [more;] her prophets also find no vision from the LORD; her priests and nobles are gone, the book of the law is destroyed, her worship is impraEticable,

Some of her prophets are captives, others have no vision, or 10 none that is comfortable

. The elders of the daughter of Zion sit upon the ground, [and] keep silence: they have caft up dust upon their heads; they have girded

themselves with fackcloth; the virgins of Jerusalem 11 hang down their heads to the ground. Mine eyes do

fail with tears, my bowels are troubled, my liver is poured upon the earth, or, I am wounded to the liver, and my gall is poured out, for the destruction of the

daughter of my people ;. because the children and the 12 fucklings swoon in the streets of the city. They say to

their mothers, who once lived in afluence, Where [is] corn and wine? when they swooned as the wounded

in the streets of the city, when their soul was poured 13 out into their mother's bofom. What thing thall I

take to witness for thee? what thing shall I liken to thee, o daughter of Jerusalem ? what shall I equal to thee, that I may comfort thee, O virgin daughter of Zion ? as if he had said, I am quite at a loss to find any fimile strong enough; where can we find such an instance of distress? for thy breach [is] great like the fea ; there can

be no means found to stop the inundation : who can heal 14

thee? Thy prophets have seen vain and foolish things for thee : and they have not discovered thine iniquity, to turn away thy captivity ; but have seen for thee false burdens and caules of banishment; they have not dealt

plainly, but have deceived thee with false hopes and flatter35 ing prophecies, which have haftened thy ruin. All that pass by clap (their) hands at thee; they hiss and wag their head at the daughter of Jerusalem, [saying, 1s]

this the city that (men) call The perfection of beauty, 16 The joy of the whole earth ? All thine enemies have

opened their mouth against thee: they hiss and gnash the teeth : they say, We have swallowed [her] up: certainly this [is] the day that we looked for ; we have

found, we have seen [it] we expe&ted it would come to 17 this, and we could wish for nothing more. The LORD

hath done [that] which he had devised; he hath fulfill. ed his word, that he hath commanded in the days of old ; that is, the threatenings of his law, (Lev. xxvi. 16.) he hath thrown down, and hath not pitied : and he

hath caused [thine) enemy to rejoice over thee, he hath 18 set up the horn of thine adversaries. Their heart cried

unto the LORD, O wall of the daughter of Zion, let

tears run down like a river day and night : give thyself 19 no rest: let not the apple of thine eye cease. Arife,

cry out in the night : in the beginning of the watches pour out thine heart like water before the face of the Lord: lift up thy hands toward him for the life of thy young children, that faint for hunger in the top of

Behold, o Lord, and consider to whom thou hast done this. Shall the women eat their fruit, [and]

children of a span long ? shall the priest and the prophet 21 be slain in the sanctuary of the LORD? The young

and the old lie on the ground in the streets : my virgins and

my young men are fallen by the sword; thou hast sain (them) in the day of thine anger ; thou haft killed, 22 [and] not pitied. Thou hast called as in a solemn day

my terrors round about, so that in the day of the Lori's anger none escaped nor remained : those that I have swaddled and brought up hath mine enemy consumed; wherever I turn, I see terrors coming as thick as I have seen worshippers coming from all parts, in the days of our feasts.

every street.



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