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The captivity of king Zedekiah, and the city, ver. 1 - 7.
The princes and people by solemn covenant, according to the law,
dismiss their bond servants, but the Babylonians leaving the
siege, they reassume them, ver. 8 - 11.
For this God threatens a return of the enemy, and the destruction of
Jerusalem, ver. 12 - 22.
5: Ah Lord - The Jews in their chronology, give us the form
of the lamentation thus. Alas! Zedekiah is dead, who drank the
dregs of all ages: that is, who was punished for the sins of all
17: Behold - You shall perish by the sword, famine and pestilence,
and those of you who escape them, shall be slaves, in many nations.
18: Cut the calf - It seems these Jews in their making of the
solemn covenant with God about releasing their servants used this
rite; they caused a calf, or heifer to be cut in pieces, and the
parts to be laid in the temple, right over - against one another;
then they recited this covenant, and passed between the parts of
the heifer so cut; silently agreeing that God should cut them in
pieces like that beast if they did not make their words good.
22: Behold - I will put into their hearts to return.