Verse 3. "Their blood have they shed like water round about Jerusalem." The invaders slew men as if their blood was of no more value than so much water; they poured it forth as lavishly as when the floods deluge the plains. The city of holy peace became a field of blood.
"And there was none to bury them." The few who survived were afraid to engage in the task. This was a serious trial and grievous horror to the Jews, who evinced much care concerning their burials. Has it come to this, that there are none to bury the dead of thy family, O Lord? Can none be found to grant a shovelful of earth with which to cover up the poor bodies of thy murdered saints? What woe is here! How glad should we be that we live in so quiet an age, when the blast of the trumpet is no more heard in our streets.
EXPLANATORY NOTES AND QUAINT SAYINGS
Whole Psalm. See Psalms on "Psalms 79:1" for further information.
Verse 1-4. See Psalms on "Psalms 79:1" for further information.
Verse 2-3. See Psalms on "Psalms 79:2" for further information.
HINTS FOR PASTORS AND LAYPERSONS