How the Lord has covered the daughter of Zion with a cloud in his anger, and cast down from heaven unto the earth the beauty of Israel, and remembered not his footstool in the day of his anger!
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George Leo Haydock
Obscurity. He continues to bewail the misery of Jerusalem.
Heaven, the highest glory, Isaias xiv. 12.
Stool; the temple, and the land. The ark fell not into the hands of the enemy. (Calmet)
The punishment which the Lord permits, is justly ascribed to Him. (Worthington)
The destruction of the city, (Jerusalem), the people, and the entire city is lamented.
So, this Verse 1 is divided into two parts. First is deplored destruction itself, second the desperation of the people becomes exclusive. As later expressed in Chapter 3:1: "1 am the.man who has seen affliction under the rod of his wrath
The idea of destruction itself has two views. First, misery from destruction is lamented, second, the inward destruction to oneself beseeches divine mercy. As the later Verse 18 says: "Cry aloud to the Lord! O daughter of Zion."
On the misery from inward destruction to oneself two more notions are presented. First is lamented destruction in general, second in particular. As Verse 2 states: "The Lord has destroyed without mercy all the habitations of Jacob."
Regarding destruction in general it is wondered at, due to the multiple glory that preceeded it. First the prerogative as to divine knowledge. Since, Psalm (147):20: "He has not dealt thus with any oth...