The ways of Zion are mourning, Without any coming at the appointed time, All her gates are desolate, her priests sigh, Her virgins are afflicted -- and she hath bitterness.
Lamentations 1:4 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
The ways of Zion do mourn - A fine prosopopoeia. The ways in which the people trod coming to the sacred solemnities, being now no longer frequented, are represented as shedding tears; and the gates themselves partake of the general distress. All poets of eminence among the Greeks and Romans have recourse to this image. So Moschus, in his Epitaph on Bion, ver. 1-3: -
Αιλινα μοι στροναχειτε ναπαι, και Δωριον ὑδωρ
Και ποταμοι κλαιοιτε τον ἱμεροεντα Βιωνα.
Νυν φυτα μοι μυρεσθε, και αλσεα νυν γοαοισθε, κ. τ. λ.
"Ye winds, with grief your waving summits bow,
Ye Dorian fountains, murmur as ye flow;
From weeping urns your copious sorrows shed,
And bid the rivers mourn for Bion dead.
Ye shady groves, in robes of sable hue,
Bewail, ye plants, in pearly drops of dew;
Ye drooping flowers, diffuse a languid breath,
And die with sorrow, at sweet Bion's death."
So Virgil, Aen. vii., ver. 759: -
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
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Lamentations 5:13 They took the young men to grind, and the children fell under the wood.
Isaiah 24:4-6 The earth mourns and fades away, the world languishes and fades away, the haughty people of the earth do languish...
Jeremiah 14:2 Judah mourns, and the gates thereof languish; they are black to the ground; and the cry of Jerusalem is gone up.
Micah 3:12 Therefore shall Zion for your sake be plowed as a field, and Jerusalem shall become heaps...
all her gates
Lamentations 2:9 Her gates are sunk into the ground; he has destroyed and broken her bars: her king and her princes are among the Gentiles...
Jeremiah 9:11 And I will make Jerusalem heaps, and a den of dragons; and I will make the cities of Judah desolate, without an inhabitant.
Jeremiah 10:22 Behold, the noise of the bruit is come, and a great commotion out of the north country, to make the cities of Judah desolate...
Jeremiah 33:10-12 Thus said the LORD; Again there shall be heard in this place, which you say shall be desolate without man and without beast...
Lamentations 1:11,12,18-20 All her people sigh, they seek bread; they have given their pleasant things for meat to relieve the soul: see, O LORD, and consider...
Lamentations 2:10,11,19-21 The elders of the daughter of Zion sit on the ground, and keep silence: they have cast up dust on their heads...
Isaiah 32:9-14 Rise up, you women that are at ease; hear my voice, you careless daughters; give ear to my speech...
Joel 1:8-13 Lament like a virgin girded with sackcloth for the husband of her youth...
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