Verses 1-9 deal particularly with the devastation of building in Judah and Jerusalem, and the rest of the chapter with the suffering of various classes of the inhabitations.
- Try to imagine the desolation portrayed here and the intensity of the people’s sorrow. Cf. 1:12.
What is said of God’s ‘right hand’ in verses 3, 4?
Contrast with such passages as Exod. 15:6, 12; Ps. 63:8; 139:10.
- What evidence in this chapter suggests that already the disaster of the judgment is having one of its intent effects?
Cf. 2 Chro. 7:13, 14. Are we, as God’s children, as sensitive as we ought to be to his disciplinary dealings?
- Verse 2. ‘Dwellings’: i.e., country dwellings as opposed to ‘strongholds’.
- Verse 4. ‘Tent’ here denotes the city.
- Verse 6a refers to the temple. ‘He has broken down h is tabernacle like a garden hut’.
- Verse 22a. Instead of summoning worshippers to a festival, God has called together ‘terrors on every side’, so that none of his people escaped. Cf. Is. 28:21.