On "Who will spare you, Jerusalem?" as far as, "I was bereaved of children."
WE WANT TO understand the words said to Jerusalem with much foreboding, expressed thus: "Who will spare you, Jerusalem? Or who will feel sad for you? Or who will return to plead for your peace? You have turned away from me," says the Lord, "you will go back. And I will stretch out my hand on you and destroy you, and no longer will I forbear you.1. And I will scatter them in a dispersion,"then,2.I was bereaved of children.3.
(2) A difficulty has occupied me. I take as an example a certain proven enemy of a ruler of the earth. To such a person it is not possible to impart mercy lest someone offend the king who condemned him. And since 4. it is not possible to be merciful to such a person, some who feel sad for him do not rally around him lest by feeling sad they seem displeased with the king's judgment. If you have understood this, observe with me the one condemned by God for his many sins, even though angels who are assigned to help with the nature of humanity look on, consider this man as one who has received mercy from no one. For each of the angels, when they see that it is God who has condemned, that the Creator is the one who has turned away, that the nature of the sins are____________________