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An humble prayer, presenting to the Lord their great misery, ver. 1 - 15.
Confessing their sins, ver. 16 - 18.
Imploring deliverance, ver. 19 - 22.
3: 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.
4: Sold - Whereas at other times there was abundance of wood and water
6: 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.
7: Their iniquities - The punishment of them.
9: 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.
13: Fell - Not being able to stand under the burdens laid upon them.
16: The crown - All our honour, splendor and dignity.
19: 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.
21: Renew - Restore us to our former estate.