She who was queen among the provinces has now become a slave. And from the daughter of Zion She weeps bitterly in the night, Her virgins are afflicted, Major Prophets From above He has sent fire into my bones: In the context, this fire was the judgment God sent upon Jerusalem. Luke-Acts How like a widow is she, d. O Lord, behold my affliction: A prayer, as if from the lips of the afflicted city, breaks into the description of misery. All her people groan as they search for bread; they barter their treasures for food to keep themselves alive. The virgin daughter of Judah. Blue Letter Bible study tools make reading, searching and studying the Bible easy and rewarding. Her uncleanness is in her skirts; Major Prophets Her adversaries have become the master, Her foes have become her masters; her enemies are at ease. GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, Select an Ending Point John 3:16, Jesus faith love), The Whole Bible She could rely on God for her safety against external aggression, or she could turn to allies great and small.” (Ellison). Like a widow broken with grief, she sits alone in her mourning. All who honored her despise her Her princes have become like deer Jerusalem has sinned greatly and so has become unclean. i. She was full of her own people who replenished her, and full of the people of other nations who resorted to her, with whom she had profitable commerce, but now her own people are carried into captivity, and she lies deserted. Lamentations was not written with a dry eye, but with overflowing eyes. “The Lord has trampled underfoot all my mighty men in my midst; The New Testament a. Jerusalem has sinned gravely, therefore she has become vile: As Jeremiah described the tragedy of Jerusalem’s fall, one would rightly ask why? “They have heard that I sigh, GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, Select an Ending Point There is a sense in which this is true, but it is true for everyone who endures a deep season of suffering. Jerusalem personified wondered at the lack of sympathy. a. Over all her pleasant things; To crush my young men; a. -------------------- All her friends have betrayed her; they have become her enemies. Wisdom Literature Historical Books This is often a hard admission to make. The context makes it clear that this is Jerusalem personified speaking, yet Jeremiah used the same image of fire into my bones that he used of his own prophetic call in Jeremiah 20:9. i. The LORD has brought her grief because of her many sins. The Whole Bible GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, The Whole Bible Do to them as You have done to me: “We may lawfully pray for such evils to the implacable enemies of the church and people of God, as may restrain and weaken their hands, and put them out of a capacity of wasting the Lord’s heritage: we are only obliged by it to wish well to their souls, and to desire no evil against them out of private revenge or malice, but only out of love to God, and zeal for his glory.” (Poole), iii. The New Testament Luke-Acts The Lord has commanded concerning Jacob The princess among the provinces She had no comforter at all (Lamentations 1:9). conservative Christian faith, which includes a firm belief in the inerrancy Although frequently neglected by some students, this narrative truly contains some rich deposits of truth which will abundantly reward those who examine its contents. My priests and my elders perished in the city while they searched for food to keep themselves alive. Her filthiness clung to her skirts; she did not consider her future. range of evangelical traditions, all of the ideas and principles conveyed The Old Testament All rights reserved worldwide. 4. For these things I weep: Sometimes Jeremiah is described as the weeping prophet, and he would agree with the description. Blue Letter Bible is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. “Is it nothing to you, all you who pass by? (McGee, J. Vernon. Her fall was astounding; there was none to comfort her. The LORD has decreed for Jacob that his neighbors become his foes; Jerusalem has become an unclean thing among them. That find no pasture, Usernames should only contain letters, numbers, dots, dashes, or underscores. Who was great among the nations: “So was Athens, once the glory of Greece, for both arts and arms, now a dog hole in comparison. “See, O Lord, that I am in distress; Pentateuch Hear now, all peoples, She had no comforter. The New Testament b. e. See, O Lord, and consider, for I am scorned: Another prayer rises from Jerusalem, crying out for help from the starving city (they seek bread). The twenty-two letters of the Hebrew alphabet are used in succession to begin the lines and sections of those songs. Major Prophets Prophets -------------------- Lamentations 1 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary, by the leading authority in the Church of Christ, presents a verse level look at the Bible. The key verse in the Book of Lamentations explains the reason Jerusalem lay in ruin: “The LORD is righteous; for I have rebelled against his commandment: hear, I pray you, all people, and behold my sorrow: my virgins and my young men are gone into captivity” (Lam. Behold and see The Blue Letter Bible ministry and the BLB Institute hold to the historical, All the splendor has departed from Daughter Zion. For I have been very rebellious. Yes, she sighs and turns away. If Judah has needed to experience judgement to lead her to repentance, then others need the experience of judgement also.” (Wright). He has made me desolate and faint all the day: Jerusalem was like a trapped, blocked, empty, and exhausted foe. “Not Jerusalem’s enemies, but God himself had entrapped the city, bringing it to an inescapable and ignominious end.” (Ellison). Johannine Writings d. The Lord trampled as in a winepress the virgin daughter of Judah: Jeremiah set forth image after image to describe the ruin of Jerusalem and Judah, but each image understood it to come from the hand of God. All rights reserved. The adversaries saw her i. Lamentations 1 How deserted lies the city, once so full of people! Under affliction and hard servitude; My priests and my elders That those around him become his adversaries;