The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleLamentations 5:22
But thou hast utterly rejected us…
That looks as if they
had no hope, and were in despair of having their petitions granted;
since God had entirely rejected them from being his people, and would
never more have mercy on them; but the words may be rendered, "though
thou hast in rejecting rejected us" F5; or else, "unless thou hast
utterly rejected us" F6; or rather by an interrogation, "for wilt thou
utterly reject", or "despise us?" F7 surely thou wilt not; such is thy
grace and goodness:
thou art very wroth against us;
thou hast been, and still continuest to
be: or, "wilt thou be exceeding wroth against us?" F8 or continue thy
wrath to extremity, and for ever? thou wait not; it is not consistent
with, thy mercy and grace, truth and faithfulness; and so it is an
argument of faith in prayer, and not an expression of despondency;
though the Jews, because they would not have the book end in what is
sorrowful and distressing, repeat the foregoing verse; and the like
method they take at the end of Ecclesiastes, and the prophecies of
Isaiah and Malachi, as Jarchi observes.
F5 (wntoam oam Ma yk) "quamvis detestatione detestatus es nos", Targ.
F6 "Nisi forte repudiando repudiasti nos", Calvin.
F7 "Nam an omnino sperneres nos?" Junius & Tremellius.
F8 (dam-de wnyle tpuq) "effervesceres contra nos admodum?" Junius &