Lamentations 1:19
I called out to my lovers, but they have betrayed me. My priests and elders perished in the city while they searched for food to keep themselves alive.
A JeremiadLamentations 1:12-22
Everyone Disposed to Think His Afflictions Peculiarly SevereN. Emmons, D. D.Lamentations 1:12-22
Good FridayE. Blencowe, M. A.Lamentations 1:12-22
Instructive SorrowsJ. Udall.Lamentations 1:12-22
Is it Nothing to You?Newman Hall, D. D.Lamentations 1:12-22
On the Passion of Our SaviourH. Scougal, M. A.Lamentations 1:12-22
Our Sorrows Rightly EstimatedJ. Trapp.Lamentations 1:12-22
Searchings of HeartR. Thomas.Lamentations 1:12-22
Sorrow Seen in its True LightHartley Aspen.Lamentations 1:12-22
The Appeal of the Saviour's SorrowsA. R. Thomas.Lamentations 1:12-22
The Sufferings of Christ Demand the Attention of AllS. Palmer.Lamentations 1:12-22
Zion's AppealW. F. Adeney, M. A.Lamentations 1:12-22
ComfortlessJ. Udall.Lamentations 1:19-22
Deceitful HelpersJ. Udall.Lamentations 1:19-22
Prayer in DistressJ. Udall.Lamentations 1:19-22
The Day that Right All WrongsH. Bonar, D. D.Lamentations 1:19-22

In nothing is the distinction more marked between religions of human origin and device and the religion which is the revelation of infinite Wisdom and Truth, than in the views they respectively afford of the moral character and attributes of Deity. Whilst the heathen freely attribute to their gods qualities which are detestable in man, the Scriptures represent the Supreme as perfectly righteous. The acknowledgment here made by Jeremiah was made by Moses, by Nehemiah, by Daniel, and indeed is virtually, if not verbally, made by the writer of every book of the Old Testament. And the new covenant is based upon the revelation of a righteous Ruler and Father.

I. GOD IS RIGHTEOUS IN HIS CHARACTER. It is certainly no progress, but a retrogression towards ignorance and barbarism, to represent the supreme Intelligence as destitute of moral attributes, exercised in the fulfilment of wise and benevolent purposes. Affliction and anguish sometimes obscure men's judgment of the character and the dealings of God. It was not so with Jeremiah, who, in lamenting the troubles of his nation and of himself, did not distort the representation he gave to his countrymen of the attributes of the Most High.

II. GOD IS RIGHTEOUS IN HIS LAW. The theocratic government of the Hebrews was based upon the just character and the holy Law of the eternal King. To some minds the reflection might have seemed inappropriate and unwelcome in the depth of disaster. But a true prophet, a true religious teacher, feels bound to set forth the fact that the rule under which men live as individuals and as communities is a righteous rule; the justice of the Law abides although that Law be broken, and although its penalties be incurred and endured.

III. GOD IS RIGHTEOUS IN HIS RETRIBUTION. This is probably the thought most prominent in the text. The fate of Jerusalem was a hard fate, a lamentable fate, but it was not an unjust fate. The people reaped as they had sown. An onlooker might readily have acknowledged this, but it was a merit in a sufferer so to do. For the chastened to confess the justice of their chastisement is a proof that already the chastening is not in vain. - T.

I called for my lovers, but they deceived me.
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.

(J. Udall.)

Behold, O Lord; for I am in distress.
1. We must not give over, but continue in prayer, though we be not heard in that we entreat for. God hath commanded us to pray without ceasing, and set no time when we shall be heard.

2. God seeth all things; but we must with lamentation lay open our miseries before Him.

(1)Mercy is denied to them that hide their sins.

(2)Forgiveness is granted upon a free confession.

3. We then pray most earnestly when we feet most sensibly the burden of that we would be rid of, and the want of that we would have.

4. There is no rest or quietness within us, when God presseth us with the weight of our own sins.

5. The godly do always, in the due consideration of their sins, aggravate them against themselves in greatest measure.

(1)They see best into their own offences.

(2)They measure them by the heavy anger of God, deserved by the same (Luke 18:13).

6. The things that are ordained for our greatest good in this life, do turn to our greatest harm when our sins provoke God's anger to break forth against us.

(J. Udall.)

There is none to comfort me.
1. It is the duty of all men to comfort the afflicted, and not to add to their miseries (Matthew 25:40; James 1:27; 1 Corinthians 12:26; Hebrews 13:3).

(1)We owe this duty one to another.

(2)No misery can befall another, but when God will it may light upon ourselves.

2. It is the property of the wicked to rejoice at the miseries of the godly, with whom they should mourn (Psalm 69:12; Psalm 137:3; Judges 16:25).

(1)They are affected as their father the devil, who rejoiceth in nothing but the calamity of mankind.

(2)Their hatred maketh them glad when any evil lighteth on the righteous.

3. We are the fittest scholars to learn God's Word and make right use of it, when afflictions are upon us.

(1)In prosperity we forget God and ourselves also.

(2)We are in our corrupt nature as naughty children that will not learn except they be well whipped.

(3)In afflictions we can more easily consider of our estate, both present, past, and to come.

4. Every tittle of God's Word shall be accomplished in due season (Matthew 5:18).

5. Though the troubles of the righteous be many, yet arc not the elect to be discerned from the reprobate by affliction.

6. It greatly easeth the godly in their afflictions to consider that their foes shall be destroyed (Revelation 18:20).

7. The punishments that God's people sustain in this life are sure tokens that the wicked shall be plagued, howsoever they escape for a time.

(J. Udall.)

Thou wilt bring the day that Thou hast called
In that day —

1. God shall no longer be shut out of His own world.

2. Christ shall no longer be denied and blasphemed.

3. Evil shall no longer prevail.

4. Error shall give place to truth.

5. The saints shall no longer be maligned.

(H. Bonar, D. D.).

Jacob, Jeremiah
Jerusalem, Zion
Alive, Betrayed, Breath, Breathing, Deceived, Elders, Expired, Ghost, Lovers, Meat, Perished, Priests, Refresh, Relieve, Resigned, Responsible, Restore, Revive, Searched, Sought, Soul, Souls, Spirit, Strength, Themselves, Town
1. The miseries of Jerusalem and of the Jews lamented
12. The attention of beholders demanded to this unprecedented case
18. The justice of God acknowledged, and his mercy supplicated.

Dictionary of Bible Themes
Lamentations 1:19

     5205   alliance
     5589   trap
     5798   betrayal
     6702   peace, destruction

No Sorrow Like Messiah's Sorrow
Is it nothing to you, all you who pass by? Behold, and see, if there be any sorrow like unto my sorrow! A lthough the Scriptures of the Old Testament, the law of Moses, the Psalms, and the Prophecies (Luke 24:44) , bear an harmonious testimony to MESSIAH ; it is not necessary to suppose that every single passage has an immediate and direct relation to Him. A method of exposition has frequently obtained [frequently been in vogue], of a fanciful and allegorical cast [contrivance], under the pretext
John Newton—Messiah Vol. 1

Epistle vi. To Narses, Patrician .
To Narses, Patrician [1305] . Gregory to Narses, &c. In describing loftily the sweetness of contemplation, you have renewed the groans of my fallen state, since I hear what I have lost inwardly while mounting outwardly, though undeserving, to the topmost height of rule. Know then that I am stricken with so great sorrow that I can scarcely speak; for the dark shades of grief block up the eyes of my soul. Whatever is beheld is sad, whatever is thought delightful appears to my heart lamentable. For
Saint Gregory the Great—the Epistles of Saint Gregory the Great

"Come unto Me, all Ye that Labour, and are Wearied," &C.
Matth. xi. 28.--"Come unto me, all ye that labour, and are wearied," &c. It is the great misery of Christians in this life, that they have such poor, narrow, and limited spirits, that are not fit to receive the truth of the gospel in its full comprehension; from whence manifold misapprehensions in judgment, and stumbling in practice proceed. The beauty and life of things consist in their entire union with one another, and in the conjunction of all their parts. Therefore it would not be a fit way
Hugh Binning—The Works of the Rev. Hugh Binning

Meditations for one that is Like to Die.
If thy sickness be like to increase unto death, then meditate on three things:--First, How graciously God dealeth with thee. Secondly, From what evils death will free thee. Thirdly, What good death will bring unto thee. The first sort of Meditations are, to consider God's favourable dealing with thee. 1. Meditate that God uses this chastisement of thy body but as a medicine to cure thy soul, by drawing thee, who art sick in sin, to come by repentance unto Christ, thy physician, to have thy soul healed
Lewis Bayly—The Practice of Piety

Concerning the Sacrament of Baptism
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to the riches of His mercy has at least preserved this one sacrament in His Church uninjured and uncontaminated by the devices of men, and has made it free to all nations and to men of every class. He has not suffered it to be overwhelmed with the foul and impious monstrosities of avarice and superstition; doubtless having this purpose, that He would have little children, incapable of avarice and superstition, to be initiated into
Martin Luther—First Principles of the Reformation

The book familiarly known as the Lamentations consists of four elegies[1] (i., ii., iii., iv.) and a prayer (v.). The general theme of the elegies is the sorrow and desolation created by the destruction of Jerusalem[2] in 586 B.C.: the last poem (v.) is a prayer for deliverance from the long continued distress. The elegies are all alphabetic, and like most alphabetic poems (cf. Ps. cxix.) are marked by little continuity of thought. The first poem is a lament over Jerusalem, bereft, by the siege,
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

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