The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleLuke 19:44
And shall lay thee even with the ground…
all the houses in it, the stately edifices, and even the temple
itself; (See Gill on 24:2)
and thy children within thee;
that is, the inhabitants of the
place should be slain with the sword of the enemy, and so fall to the
ground, and lie upon it;
and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon anther;
consummate, and entire desolation shall be made, as was foretold by
Daniel, (Daniel 9:27)
because thou knowest not the time of thy visitation;
in which the
dayspring from on high had visited them with his personal presence,
preaching among them, and working miracles; and yet they knew him
not, but despised and rejected him; yea, after that they had put him
to death, and he was risen again, he ordered his disciples to begin
their ministry, and preach the Gospel, at Jerusalem; and they
continued for some time only preaching to them, or at least rarely
elsewhere, till they put away the Gospel from them. The time of the
ministry of John the Baptist, of Christ, and his apostles in Judea,
was the time of Jerusalem's visitation in a way of mercy; which not
being taken notice of, and observed, brought another kind of
visitation upon them, even in a way of wrath and vengeance. The Jews
pretend to assign other causes of Jerusalem's destruction; but the
true cause was their rejection of Jesus, as the Messiah.
``Says Abai, Jerusalem was not destroyed, but because they
profaned the sabbath, as it is said, (Ezekiel 22:26) "and
have hid their eyes from my sabbaths"… Says R. Abhu,
Jerusalem was not destroyed, but because they ceased
reading the "Shema (hear, O Israel"…) morning and
evening, as it is said, (Isaiah 5:11-13) woe to them that
rise up early"… Says Rab. Hamenuna, Jerusalem was not
destroyed, but because there ceased in it the children of
the school of Rabban, (children were not put to school,)
as it is said (Jeremiah 6:11) "I will pour it out upon the
children"… Says Ula, Jerusalem was not destroyed, but
because there was no shame among them, as it is said,
(Jeremiah 6:15) "were they ashamed"… Says R. Isaac,
Jerusalem was not destroyed, but because small and
great were put upon a level, as it is said, (Isaiah 24:2,3)
"as with the people, so with the priest"… Says R.
Amram, the son of R. Simeon bar Aba, R. Chanina said,
Jerusalem was not destroyed, but because they did not
reprove one another, as it is said, (Lamentations 1:6) "her
princes are become like harts"… Says R. Judah,
Jerusalem was not destroyed, but because they despised
the disciples of the wise men, as it is said; (2 Chronicles 36:16)
but they mocked the messengers of God"… F21.''
Thus they shifted off the true cause of their ruin, and ascribed it
to other things.
F21 T. Bab. Sabbat, fol. 119. 2.
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Gill, John. "Commentary on Luke 19:44". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/geb/view.cgi?book=lu&chapter=019&verse=044>. 1999.