Thy holy cities are a wilderness, Zion is a wilderness, Jerusalem a desolation. Our holy and our beautiful house, where our fathers praised thee, is burned up with fire: and all our pleasant things are laid waste. Wilt thou refrain thyself for these things, O LORD? wilt thou hold thy peace, and afflict us very sore?
The Israelites used the devastated condition of the country, and particularly of Jerusalem and the temple, as strong reasons why God should release His anger and act decisively in behalf of His afflicted people.