1. How is the gold become dim! How is the most fine gold changed! The stones of the sanctuary are poured out in the top of every street.
1. Quomodo obscuratum est aurum! Mutatum est aurum bonum! Effusi sunt (vel, projecti) lapides sanctuarii in capite omnium platearum.
Here Jeremiah, following the order of the alphabet the fourth time, 1 deplores the ruin of the city, and the destruction of the priesthood and of the kingdom. For they are mistaken who think that the death of Josiah is here lamented; for there are here many things, which we shall see as we proceed, which do not suit that event. There is no doubt but that this mournful song refers to the destruction of the Temple and city; but when Josiah was killed, the enemy had not come to the city, and the stones of the Temple were not then east forth into the streets and the public roads. There are also other things which we shall see, which did not then happen. It follows then that here is described the terrible vengeance of God, which we have had already to consider.
He begins by expressing his astonishment, How
He then speaks without a figure, and says, that the
1 Here, as in the two first chapters, the verses only begin alphabetically, but instead of having three or six lines, they have only two or four. -- Ed.
2 . This chapter, like the two first chapters, begins with the word
How is this! tarnished is gold,
Changed is fine gold, the best:
Cast forth are the sacred stones
At the head of every street. -- Ed.
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