The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleLamentations 3:51
Mine eye affecteth mine heart…
Seeing the desolation of
his country; the ruins of the city and temple of Jerusalem; and the
multitudes of those that were slain, and carried captive; and the
distresses the rest were in; this affected his heart, and filled it
with grief; as his heart also affected his eyes, and caused them to run
down in rivers of water, as before expressed; or, as the Targum,
``the weeping of mine eyes is the occasion of hurt to my soul
his excessive weeping endangered his life:
because of all the daughters of my city;
not Anathoth, his native
place, but Jerusalem; so the Targum,
``of Jerusalem my city.''
The meaning is, that his heart was affected at seeing the ruin of the
inhabitants of Jerusalem; or of the towns and cities round about it,
which that was the metropolis of. Some, as Jarchi, render it, "more
than all the daughters of my city" F16; his heart was more affected
with those calamities than those of the most tender sex, even than any
or all of them.
F16 (yrye twnb lkm) "supra cunctas filias civitatis meae"; so some in
Vatablus; and Jarchi.