I behaved myself as though he had been my friend or brother: I bowed down heavily, as one that mourns for his mother.
I. WHAT IS THERE IN THE DEATH OF A MOTHER THAT EXCITES PECULIAR SORROW?
1. The want of the expressions of a mother's affection makes the heart bow down heavily for her loss.
2. The loss of a mother's care, and of its ministrations, excites this regret.
3. The loss of a mother's sympathy and its soothing expressions excites this sorrow.
4. The heart mourns for the loss of the counsels of a mother's wisdom.
5. The affectionate heart mourns for the loss of the lessons of a mother's piety.
II. WHERE CONSOLATION IS TO BE SOUGHT AND OBTAINED UNDER SUCH A CALAMITY.
1. There is consolation in the thought that it comes to you by the appointment of God.
2. There is consolation in the thought that all the benefits which you derived from so dear a relative, are to be found in God. In Him every blessing which the creature can yield us is to be found in richer abundance, and in a nobler form.
3. Consolation will be obtained by you in the fulfilment of their wishes and purposes.
4. Consolation will be found in the imitation of their virtues.
5. There is comfort in the belief that a departed mother is happy, and in the hope of a reunion.
Parallel VersesKJV: I behaved myself as though he had been my friend or brother: I bowed down heavily, as one that mourneth for his mother.