And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it,…
I. INQUIRE WHAT THERE WAS IN THE STATE OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE, WHICH SO MOVED THE COMPASSION OF OUR LORD. The privileges of the Jewish people were above all lands. They were blessed with a divine theocracy; and to them belonged, amongst other most important privileges, the oracles of God. What could God have done which He had not done for them? The compassion of our Lord was moved, therefore — By their inflexible obstinacy. Theirs was the sin of men who hate the light, lest by it their deeds should be reproved!
2. Inveterate hostility. That greatness and power, when abused, should be hated, would not excite our surprise; but that goodness and mercy, when exercised, should be hated, might well excite our surprise, were it not abundantly proved in their history.
3. By their impending judgments.
II. CONSIDER WHAT THE PRESENT STATE OF THAT PEOPLE CALLS FOR FROM OUR HANDS.
(W. Marsh, M. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it,