|I separate out this
passage to place the emphasis not on the kings or rich but on the
worker. We have a tendency to see the
poor as righteous. Logic compels one
to point out that being the victim of oppression does not necessarily make
one righteous; in fact, but for the
strength of the Lord to endure, it often has the opposite effect. Rebellions have been made of such.
|Rome is not a
seaport, by the way (Ostia was the ancient seaport of Rome, and it now is
silted up). The emphasis is not on the
sea (symbol of all peoples) but rather on the workers.
|And who are the
workers lamenting for? Not for
Rome/Babylon; for themselves. In all three laments we see the same thing: they are astonished at how quickly Babylon
is fallen; they lament for their own
|Which brings us to
the point. Not many of us are
rich; but many of us identify with the
rich not because we so much long to become rich but rather because we see in
the rich (or the company) the continuing source of our security. We are warned; in whom should we trust?