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  • PARALLEL BIBLE - Lamentations 4:1

    CHAPTERS: Lamentations 1, 2, 3, 4, 5     

    VERSES: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22




    King James Bible - Lamentations 4:1

    How is the gold become dim! how is the most fine gold changed! the stones of the sanctuary are poured out in the top of every street.

    World English Bible

    How is the gold become dim! [how] is the most pure gold changed! The stones of the sanctuary are poured out at the
    head of every street.

    Douay-Rheims - Lamentations 4:1

    Aleph. How is the gold become dim, the finest colour is changed, the stones of the sanctuary are scattered in the top of every

    Webster's Bible Translation

    How is the gold become dim! how is the most fine gold changed! the stones of the sanctuary are poured out at the
    head of every street.

    Original Hebrew

    349 יועם 6004 זהב 2091 ישׁנא 8132 הכתם 3800 הטוב 2896 תשׁתפכנה 8210 אבני 68 קדשׁ 6944 בראשׁ 7218 כל 3605 חוצות׃ 2351

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    VERSE (1) -
    2Ki 25:9,10 Isa 1:21; 14:12 Eze 7:19-22

    SEV Biblia, Chapter 4:1

    Alef : ¡Cmo se ha oscurecido el oro! ¡Cmo el buen oro se ha demudado! Las piedras del Santuario estn esparcidas por las encrucijadas de todas las calles.

    Clarke's Bible Commentary - Lamentations 4:1

    Verse 1. How is the
    gold become dim] The prophet contrasts, in various affecting instances, the wretched circumstances of the Jewish nation, with the flourishing state of their affairs in former times. Here they are compared to gold, bhz zahab, native gold from the mine, which, contrary to its nature, is become dim, is tarnished; and even the fine, the sterling gold, tk kethem, that which was stamped to make it current, is changed or adulterated, so as to be no longer passable. This might be applied to the temple, but particularly to the fallen priests and apostate prophets.

    The stones of the sanctuary] dq ynba abney kodesh, the holy stones; the Jewish godly men, who were even then the living stones of which God built his Church.

    John Gill's Bible Commentary

    Ver. 1. How is the gold become dim ! etc.] Or covered f98 ; or hid with rust, dust, or dirt; so that it can scarcely be discerned: [how] is the most fine gold changed ! this may be literally true of the gold of the temple; and so the Targum calls it the gold of the house of the sanctuary; with which that was overlaid, and many things in it, ( 1 Kings 6:21,22); and was sadly sullied and tarnished with the burning of the temple, and the rubbish of it: its brightness was lost, and its colour changed; but though there may be an allusion to that, it is to be figuratively understood of the people of God; for what is here expressed in parabolical phrases, as Aben Ezra observes, is in ( Lamentations 4:2) explained in proper and literal ones: godly and gracious men, there called the precious sons of Zion, are comparable to gold, even the most fine gold; partly because of their habit and dress; gold of Ophir; clothing of wrought gold; the rich robe of Christs righteousness; which, for its brightness and splendour, is like the finest gold; and is as lasting and durable as that; and in which the saints look like a mass of pure gold, ( Psalm 45:9,13); and partly because of the graces of the Spirit in them, which are like gold for their purity, especially when tried; for their value, and the enriching nature of them, and their duration; particularly the graces of faith, hope, love, humility, which are like rows of jewels, and chains of gold, and as ornamental as they; (see Song of Solomon 1:10,11 1 Peter 1:7 Revelation 3:18); as also because of the doctrines of grace received by them, which are more to be desired than gold, than fine gold; and are better than thousands of gold and silver, by reason of their intrinsic worth and value; for their purity and brightness, being tried and purified, and because of their duration, ( Psalm 19:10 119:72 1 Corinthians 3:12); as well as on account of the riches of grace and glory they are possessed of, and entitled to: now this, in either of the senses of it, cannot be lost as to substance, only become dim; may lose its brightness and glory, and like gold change its colour, but not its nature; and; this may be the case of good men, comparable to it; when there is a decline in them, with respect to the exercise of grace; faith in Christ and his righteousness is low, hope not lively, and love waxen cold; when there is a veil drawn over the Gospel, a great opposition to it, and a departure from it; or the doctrines of it are not so clearly and consistently preached; and when there is a failure in a holy walk, and conversation becoming it; all which is matter of lamentation: the stones of the sanctuary are poured out in the top of every street ; in the literal sense it may regard the costly stones of the temple, which, when that was destroyed, not only lay in heaps; but many of them, at least, were separated and scattered about, and carried into every corner of the city, and the streets of it, and there lay exposed, neglected, and trampled upon; (see 1 Kings 5:17 Mark 13:1,2); but, in the figurative sense, it designs the people of God; who, though they are taken out of the common quarry and pit of mankind, and are by nature as common stones; yet by the Spirit and grace of God are made living and lively ones, and are hewn and fitted for the spiritual building the church; where they are laid, and are as the stones of a crown, as jewels and precious stones; but when there are animosities, contentions, and divisions among them, so that they disunite, and are scattered from one another, their case is like these stones of the sanctuary; and which is to be lamented. It is by some Jewish writers f99 interpreted of great personages, as princes, and great men of the earth.
    Matthew Henry Commentary
    The deplorable
    state of the nation is contrasted with its ancien prosperity.

    Lam. 4:1-12 What a change is here! Sin tarnishes the beauty of the mos exalted powers and the most excellent gifts; but that gold, tried in the fire, which Christ bestows, never will be taken from us; it outward appearance may be dimmed, but its real value can never be changed. The horrors of the siege and destruction of Jerusalem ar again described. Beholding the sad consequences of sin in the church of old, let us seriously consider to what the same causes may justly brin down the church now. But, Lord, though we have gone from thee in rebellion, yet turn to us, and turn our hearts to thee, that we ma fear thy name. Come to us, bless us with awakening, converting renewing, confirming grace.

    Lam. 4:13-20 Nothing ripens a people more for ruin, nor fills the measure faster, than the sins of priests and prophets. The king himsel cannot escape, for Divine vengeance pursues him. Our anointed Kin alone is the life of our souls; we may safely live under his shadow and rejoice in Him in the midst of our enemies, for He is the true God and eternal life.

    Lam. 4:21,22 Here it is foretold that an end should be put to Zion' troubles. Not the fulness of punishment deserved, but of what God ha determined to inflict. An end shall be put to Edom's triumphs. All the troubles of the church and of the believer will soon be accomplished And the doom of their enemies approaches. The Lord will bring their sins to light, and they shall lie down in eternal sorrow. Edom her represents all the enemies of the church. And the corruption, and sin of Israel, which the prophet has proved to be universal, justifies the judgments of the Lord. It shows the need of that grace in Christ Jesus which the sin and corruption of all mankind make so necessary __________________________________________________________________

    Original Hebrew

    איכה 349 יועם 6004 זהב 2091 ישׁנא 8132 הכתם 3800 הטוב 2896 תשׁתפכנה 8210 אבני 68 קדשׁ 6944 בראשׁ 7218 כל 3605 חוצות׃ 2351

    CHAPTERS: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    VERSES: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22


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