How much does this custom among the Indian woman of repairing to the hilltops in the night, and pouring forth their wailings for the dead, call to mind the beautiful and affecting passage of Scripture, "In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children
, and would not be comforted, because they are not.
In Ramah there was a voice heard,--weeping, and lamentation, and great mourning; Rachel weeping for her children
, and would not be comforted.
She conceived again and died giving birth to another boy, Ben-Oni, whose name means, significantly, "son of my sorrow"--a boy renamed by his father, who called him Benjamin, which means "the son of my right hand:' Rachel was buried in a tomb on the way to Bethlehem (Genesis 35:18-19), and it is to this Rachel that the prophet Jeremiah later referred: "This is what the Lord says: 'A voice was heard in Ramah, mourning and great weeping; Rachel weeping for her children
and refusing to be comforted, because her children are no more'" (Jeremiah 31:15).
Rachel weeping for her children
, refuses to be consoled, "because they are no more [2:18].
A voice is heard in Ramah, lamenting and weeping bitterly; it is Rachel weeping for her children
, refusing to be comforted because they are dead.