Matthew Henry’s commentary is gold. His understanding of Scripture and his eye on Christ come shining through in every section. In his comments on Lamentation 4:1-12 the Puritan pastor writes concerning “The deplorable state of the nation is contrasted with its ancient prosperity.” Here are both words of rebuke and encouragement for the church today. Henry writes:
What a change is here! Sin tarnishes the beauty of the most exalted powers and the most excellent gifts; but that gold, tried in the fire, which Christ bestows, never will be taken from us; its outward appearance may be dimmed, but its real value can never be changed. The horrors of the siege and destruction of Jerusalem are again described. Beholding the sad consequences of sin in the church of old, let us seriously consider to what the same causes may justly bring down the church now. But, Lord, though we have gone from thee in rebellion, yet turn to us, and turn our hearts to thee, that we may fear thy name. Come to us, bless us with awakening, converting, renewing, confirming grace.