John Wesley's Explanatory Notes
on the Whole Bible
- An humble prayer, presenting to the Lord their great misery, verse 1-15.
- Confessing their sins, verse 16-18.
- Imploring deliverance, verse 19-22.
We - We are all of us without a king, (our common father) we are deprived of thy fatherly protection, and many young children among us are left without an earthly parent.
V.4. Sold - Whereas at other times there was abundance of wood and water throughout Judea.
We - The ten tribes were all carried captives into Assyria, and many of the kingdom of Judah fled into Egypt. Giving the hand may signify labouring for them: or, yielding up themselves to their power.
Their iniquities - The punishment of them.
The sword - The enemies lay encamped in all the plains, so that they could stir out no way but the sword of the Chaldeans was upon them.
Fell - Not being able to stand under the burdens laid upon them.
The crown - All our honour, splendor and dignity.
Thy throne - Altho' for our sins thou sufferest our throne to be cast down, yet thou art the same, thy power is not diminished, nor thy goodness abated.
Renew - Restore us to our former estate.