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“coral.” For more information on this coral, see commentary on Proverbs 31:10.

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“The breath of our nostrils, the anointed of Yahweh.” Here King Zedekiah is portrayed as the very life-breath of the people of Judah, which was much better than he actually was in real life, but he was the descendant of David reigning on the throne of David, and as such he was very much the hope of the people—but what a disappointing hope he was! Actually, once Zedekiah was taken to Babylon he was outlived by the former king, Jehoiachin, who thus became the last rightful king of Judah.

“their pits.” Here the word “pits” is used metaphorically. Pits were dug to catch wild animals, and so by using the word “pits” Zedekaih is portrayed as some kind of wild animal, and not the godly king and descendant of David that he actually was.

Lam 4:21

“Rejoice and be glad.” Edom, represents Edom itself and God’s enemies in general, who can rejoice at the calamities that come upon God’s people now, but there will be a day of reckoning later.

“the cup.” In the biblical culture, the “cup” often, but not always, represented disaster and wrath, especially the wrath of God (cp. Isa. 51:22; Jer. 25:15; Rev. 14:10; 16:19). Jesus prayed to let the “cup” pass from him, meaning this time of disaster and wrath (Matt. 26:39).

Lam 4:22

“Daughter Zion.” The Hebrew is idiomatic for Zion itself, i.e., Jerusalem (see commentary on Isa. 1:8). The same it true of the phrase “Daughter Edom.”


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