Cry, howl, son of man
Not only sigh, but cry; and not cry only, but howl; signifying hereby that this would be the case of the Jews when these calamities should come upon them; and, in order to affect them with them before hand, the prophet is ordered to act such a part, as well as to express his sympathy with them: for it shall be upon my people;
that is, the sword, or the calamity signified by it; this should be not upon other nations, but upon the Lord's own people; such who professed themselves to be his people, and whom he had distinguished from all others; this is said, to affect the prophet the more, they being both the Lord's people, and his also: and it shall be upon all the princes of Israel;
who were slain in Riblah by the king of Babylon, ( Jeremiah 52:10 ) , the sword spared neither people nor princes. Terrors, by reason of the sword, shall be upon my people;
upon the rumour of the invasion, and when besieged in the city, and when attempting to make their escape by flight: or "my people are fallen by the sword" F21, as some: smite therefore upon thy thigh;
as one grieved in spirit, in great distress and anguish; see ( Jeremiah 31:19 ) .