I called for my lovers, but they deceived me: my priests and my elders gave up the ghost in the city…
1. It is an increase of sorrow to be disappointed of their help by whom we looked to be delivered out of our troubles.
2. God often maketh our friends, that love us unfeignedly, utterly unable to do us any good in our distress.
3. The misery of that people must needs be great, whose rulers can neither hold themselves nor others.
4. God's plagues do often overtake the great ones, as well as others.
5. God's people may come to the extremest beggary that can be in this life.
(1) Outward things are no part of their felicity, which is purchased for them by Christ Jesus.
(2) God will now and then show Himself the preserver of His people, when all means do fail.
Parallel VersesKJV: I called for my lovers, but they deceived me: my priests and mine elders gave up the ghost in the city, while they sought their meat to relieve their souls.