Introductory Note: To the best of my knowledge, most of the exegetical writings of Theodoret have never been translated into English. His expositional works are available in the original Greek, however, and I have recently employed them in my study of the fourth of Jeremiah’s Lamentations. I took the liberty to translate his interpretation of this lamentation, in order to make it available to the English-speaking reader. Please take a moment to glance through this brief, straightforward, and delightful exposition, and if nothing else, pay attention to Theodoret’s explanation of the twentieth verse!
If this portion of his works has indeed been previously translated, contrary to my current knowledge, I would love to know about it — so please let me know if I am wrong.
The Interpretation of the Lamentations of Jeremiah, by the blessed Theodoret, Bishop of Cyrus
How the gold has become dimmed, the good silver has been changed! Have the holy stones been scattered out from the top of all the streets?
He likens the godliness of the forebears to these materials, and mourns the change which has come about in the descendants; for this he makes evident in the following things. Continue Reading