The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleLamentations 2:13
What thing shall I take to witness for thee?
argument can be made use of? what proof or evidence can be given? what
witnesses can be called to convince thee, and make it a clear case to
time, that ever any people or nation was in such distress and calamity,
what with sword, famine, pestilence, and captivity, as thou art?
what thing shall I liken thee to, O daughter of Jerusalem?
or nation ever suffered the like? no example can be given, no instance
that comes up to it; not the Egyptians, when the ten plagues were
inflicted on them; not the Canaanites, when conquered and drove out by
Joshua; not the Philistines, Moabites, Edomites, and Syrians, when
subdued by David; or any other people:
what shall I equal to thee, that I may comfort thee, O virgin daughter
for this is one way that friends comfort the afflicted, by
telling them that such an one's case was as bad, and worse, than
theirs; and therefore bid them be of good heart; bear their affliction
patiently; before long it will be over; but nothing of this kind could
be said here; no, nor any hope given it would be otherwise; they could
not say their case was like others, or that it was not desperate:
for thy breach [is] great like the sea;
as large and as wide as that:
Zion's troubles were a sea of trouble; her afflictions as numerous and
as boisterous as the waves of the sea; and as salt, as disagreeable,
and as intolerable, as the waters of it: or her breach was great, like
the breach of the sea; when it overflows its banks, or breaks through
its bounds, there is no stopping it, but it grows wider and wider:
who can heal thee?
it was not in the power of man, in her own power, or
of her allies, to recover her out of the hands of the enemy; to restore
her civil or church state; her wound was incurable; none but God could
be her physician. The Targum is,
``for thy breach is great as the greatness of the breach of the
waves of the sea in the time of its tempest; and who is the
physician that can heal thee of thy infirmity?''