Jerusalem has grievously sinned; therefore she is removed: all that honored her despise her, because they have seen her nakedness: yea, she sighs, and turns away.
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Heth- ‘life’, since to this she gazes SIGHING AND TURNED BACKWARD; the Lord infers
tribulation for that reason, namely, that the sinner may convert and live.
Jerusalem has grievously- a concession, because he does not excuse the fact, but asks that it be pardoned.
sinned- the sin of infidelity.
she become unstable- through various crimes, through different lands.
who honored her- scribes and Pharisees, who blessed the people, whence: O my people, they that call thee blessed, the same deceive thee ; heretics applauding or angels and holy men.
despised her- captive or conquered, perplexed by heresy or defiled by vices.
she is sighing- recognizing her sin.
turned backward- through penitence to the Lord, whom she had left; to the life of heaven, whence she came.