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inheritance is turned to strangers, our houses to aliens.
orphans and fatherless, our mothers are as widows.
necks are under persecution: we labour, and have no rest.
given the hand to the Egyptians, and to the Assyrians, to be satisfied with bread.
LORD, remainest for ever; thy throne from generation to generation.
New Defender's Study Bible Notes
5:1 our reproach. The concluding lamentation is not acrostic in its structure like the others, but it does have twenty-two verses like they do. It expressed both hopelessness and hope in the nature of God and His purpose.
5:16 The crown is fallen. As Jeremiah had prophesied, the crown would pass permanently from the line of King Jehoiachin (Jeconiah), and there would never again be a king in Judah until Messiah would be crowned as king (Jeremiah 22:30; Genesis 49:10; Jeremiah 23:5).
5:19 remainest for ever. God is “from everlasting to everlasting” (Psalm 90:2), and this is the ultimate answer to every question, and solution to every problem.