And there followed him a great company of people, and of women, which also bewailed and lamented him.…
When Christ was bearing His cross, He saw some women with their children in their arms, and He said to them, "Weep not for Me, weep for yourselves." Am I wrong in saying He is looking down at this congregation now and saying, "Weep for yourselves"? Yes, we will and must compassionate ourselves. The further from the heart religion is for some of you the better; and I don't wonder at it. I can apologize for you, for I know something of the disenchantment, humiliation, and bewildering experience which comes to a man when he is sent to pity himself. Let our prayer, believing brothers and sisters, be the prayer of St. Agustine: "Lord Jesus give me the grace of tears." Those are the tears God will one day wipe away from our eyes — £1,000 for one of them!
Parallel VersesKJV: And there followed him a great company of people, and of women, which also bewailed and lamented him.