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Introduction

\\INTRODUCTION TO LAMENTATIONS 4\\

The prophet begins this chapter with a complaint of the ill usage of
the dear children of God, and precious sons of Zion, \\#La 4:1,2\\;
relates the dreadful effects of the famine during the siege of
Jerusalem, \\#La 4:3-10\\; the taking and destruction of that city he
imputes to the wrath of God; and represents it as incredible to the
kings and inhabitants of the earth, \\#La 4:11,12\\; the causes of which
were the sins of the prophets, priests, and people, \\#La 4:13-16\\;
expresses the vain hopes they once had, but now were given up entirely,
their king being taken, \\#La 4:17-20\\; and the chapter is concluded with
a prophecy of the destruction of the Edomites, and of the return of the
Jews from captivity, \\#La 4:21,22\\.