The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleLamentations 4:22
The punishment of thine iniquity is accomplished, O daughter
In part in the seventy years' captivity in Babylon, and
more fully in their present captivity; for, as has been observed, there
are some things in the preceding account, which had a further
accomplishment in the destruction of Jerusalem, and the distress of the
Jews by the Romans. The Targum is,
``and after thine iniquity is fulfilled, O congregation of
Zion, and thou shalt be delivered by the hands of the
Messiah, and of Elias the high priest;''
he will no more carry thee away into captivity;
he, the enemy; or the
Lord, as the Targum: that is, thou shall no more be carried captive:
this seems to confirm the above observation, that this chapter is a
prophecy of what would be, as well as a narrative of what had been; and
includes the destruction both of the first and second temple, and of
the Jews both by the Chaldeans and Romans; for it is certain, that,
after their deliverance from the captivity of Babylon, they have been
carried captive, and are now in captivity;
he will visit thine iniquity, O daughter of Edom;
punish the Edomites
for their sins, as is elsewhere threatened, (Jeremiah 49:7-22) (Ezekiel 25:12)
(Amos 1:11) ; which was fulfilled by Nebuchadnezzar as an instrument; and
may have some respect to the destruction of the Romans, when the Jews
shall be converted, and return to their own land. The Targum, in the
king of Spain's Bible, is,
``and at that time I will visit thine iniquity, O wicked Rome,
which art built in Italy, and full of multitudes of the
children of Edom; and the Persians shall come and oppress
thee, and make thee desolate;''
and so the copy used by Munster:
he will discover thy sins;
by the punishment of them; as, when God
pardons sins, he is said to cover them; so, when he punishes for them,
he discovers them; see (Jeremiah 49:10) .
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Gill, John. "Commentary on Lamentations 4:22". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/geb/view.cgi?book=la&chapter=004&verse=022>. 1999.