LAMENTATIONS TOTAL CHAPTERS: 5
LAMENTATIONS TOTAL VERSES: 154
TOTAL WORDS: 3,415
DATE WRITTEN: 590-585 BC
Suffering and God’s Goodness. Jeremiah’s sorrow upon the capture of Jerusalem and the destruction of the temple.
God and Jeremiah
BOOK OF LAMENTATIONS KEY VERSES:
2:17: The LORD has done what he planned; he has fulfilled his word, which he decreed long ago. He has overthrown you without pity, he has let the enemy gloat over you, he has exalted the horn of your foes.
3:22-23: Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
5:19-22: You, O LORD, reign forever; your throne endures from generation to generation. Why do you always forget us? Why do you forsake us so long? Restore us to yourself, O LORD, that we may return; renew our days as of old unless you have utterly rejected us and are angry with us beyond measure.
Book of Lamentation known to be written by prophet Jeremiah and is placed immediately after Book of Jeremiah in OT. It is composed of five chapters or poems lamenting on the siege and destruction and fall of Jerusalem and the captivity of the nation at the hands of Nebuchadnezzar’s army. The Prophet understands that the Babylonians were God’s tool for bringing judgment on Jerusalem and simultaneously offers a genuine confession of sins on behalf of the people and leaders and gives complete submission to the will of God. The book of Lamentations also reminds us that it is impossible for God’s people to sink so far into sin that they should lose hope in His mercy and forgiveness. Despite its primary character of Lament and Woe, there is a quiet hope in God’s forgiveness and mercy that underlies the entire work.
CHAPTER WISE SUMMARY:
Chapter#1: The Departure of Judah. Zion’s great sins. Judah has gone into exile. Zion rejected by God. O God, I am despised. Is any sorrow like mine? There is no one to comfort me.
Chapter#2: The Devastation of Jehovah. Jehovah’s anger against Jerusalem. The God has not pitied Jacob. The Prophet Describes Jerusalem’s Destruction. The Lord has left his sanctuary. Young and old both got slaughtered in the streets. Zion Speaks Out: The Lord Destroyed Me.
Chapter#3: Jeremiah expresses his feelings and hope. The Discernment of Jeremiah. He has driven me into darkness. But the steadfast love of the God never ceases. Let us return to the God! You will repay my enemies. The Prophet, A Man Of Hope.
Chapter#4: Zion Is Punished. The Discipline of Jehovah. The holy stones lie scattered. The children beg for food. Women boil their own children. The God has poured out his fierce anger. O Zion, your punishment will end.
Chapter#5: The Deterrent for Judah. Look, O God, and see our disgrace! People’s prayer for restoration. A Request For Mercy. We have become orphans. Slaves rule over us. But you, O God, reign forever. Restore us as of old!