This promise removes an objection which might be made by dispersed ones: How can we return? I will gather you, saith God.
That are sorrowful for the solemn assembly; mourn in their distance from the solemn worship of God, as David, Psa 42; that are troubled more for want of God’s ordinances than for any thing; which three times every year in great solemnity they celebrated, but now for seventy years had wanted them.
Are of thee; these longing mourners are thy children indeed, Israelites in whom is no guile.
The reproach; the taunts of enemies and triumphs over God and religion, such as Psa_42:3,10.
A burden; heaviest burden, or a sword in their bowels.