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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Lamentations 2:10-22

Justly are these called Lamentations, and they are very pathetic ones, the expressions of grief in perfection, mourning and woe, and nothing else, like the contents of Ezekiel's roll, Ezek. 2:10. I. Copies of lamentations are here presented and they are painted to the life. 1. The judges and magistrates, who used to appear in robes of state, have laid them aside, or rather are stripped of them, and put on the habit of mourners (Lam. 2:10); the elders now sit no longer in the judgment-seats,... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Lamentations 2:10

The elders of the daughter of Zion sit on the ground, and keep silence ,.... Who used to sit in the gate on thrones of judgment, and passed sentence in causes tried before them; or were wont to give advice and counsel, and were regarded as oracles, now sit on the ground, and dumb, as mourners; see Job 2:13 ; they have cast up dust upon their heads ; on their white hairs and gray locks, which bespoke wisdom, and made them grave and venerable: they have girded themselves with... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Lamentations 2:10

Sit upon the ground - See the note on Lamentations 1:1 . Keep silence - No words can express their sorrows: small griefs are eloquent, great ones dumb. read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Lamentations 2:10

Verse 10 The Prophet here strikingly represents the grievousness of the people’s calamity, when he says, that the elders, as in hopeless despair, were lying on the ground, that they cast dust on their heads, that they were clad in sackcloth, as it was usually done in very grievous sorrow, and that the virgins bent their heads down to the ground. The meaning is, that the elders knew not what to do, and led others. to join them in acts of fruitless and abject lamentation. We indeed know that... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Lamentations 2:10

They have cast up dust, etc. A sign of mourning ( Joshua 7:6 ; 2 Samuel 13:19 ; Job 2:12 ). read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Lamentations 2:10

The silence of the elders. I. THEIR FORMER SPEECH . They are said to keep silence now; this, of course, suggests that silence had not been their former habit. Old men have a peculiar fight to speak, are often expected to speak, and can always plead that years have given them experience and many opportunities of observation, and with respect to these particular elders here it is not difficult to imagine what the topics and the manner of their former speech might be. For instance,... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Lamentations 2:10-13

Lamentations 2:10-13. The elders, &c., sit upon the ground, and keep silence These and the other expressions of this and the two following verses betoken the deepest mourning and sorrow. Mine eyes do fail with tears My sight is become dim with weeping. My bowels are troubled As they were when he foresaw these calamities coming, Jeremiah 4:19-20. My liver is poured upon the earth My vitals seem to be dissolved, and have lost all their strength. “That the mental passions.” says... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Lamentations 2:1-22

Sufferings sent by God (2:1-22)In this poem the main theme is that the calamity that has befallen Judah has been the work of God. He has humbled the exalted nation; he has turned her glory into darkness (2:1). City and field, temple and fortress have been destroyed by him. They expected God to be the defender of his people, but he has been the attacker. Far from showing pity towards them, he has been angry with them (2-5).God has destroyed the temple and left it looking like an old broken-down... read more

E.W. Bullinger

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes - Lamentations 2:10

girded . . . with sackcloth. The outward symbol of mourning. read more

Robert Jamieson; A. R. Fausset; David Brown

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Lamentations 2:10

10. (Job 2:12; Job 2:13). The "elders," by their example, would draw the others to violent grief. the virgins—who usually are so anxious to set off their personal appearances to advantage. Caph. read more

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