Lamentations (Bible #25) by AnonymousThe two Falls of Jerusalem are not just historical facts; they stand out as two of the most violent, horrific, devastating sieges and conquests in human history. This authors conclusion is that God Himself brought about tragedies in response to His peoples brazen unfaithfulness and wickedness.
Why should a living man weep? He should weep not for the tragedies that have overtaken him, but for his sin, that caused the tragedies in the first place. The spiritual reality of his sin is far more horrible than his present physical suffering.
But even through the worst of it, he says, The mercies of YHVH never failed.
He ends the book with this: You, oh YHVH, will endure forever. Turn us towards You, and we will turn; renew our days as in the beginning.
In the Hebrew Bible , Lamentations stands with Ruth, the Song of Solomon , Ecclesiastes , and Esther and with them makes up the Megillot , five scrolls that are read on various festivals of the Jewish religious year. In the Jewish liturgical calendar, Lamentations is the festal scroll of the Ninth of Av , a day commemorating the destruction of the First and Second Temples of Jerusalem. Most of the Christian English translations of the Bible , following the lead of the later Greek versions and the Latin versions, call the book The Lamentations of Jeremiah , though its title in the Talmud and the Septuagint is simply Lamentations. Each of the first four chapters consists of an acrostic poem. Although the 5th chapter consists of 22 verses, it is not, strictly speaking, an alphabetic acrostic.
Lamentations consists of five distinct poems, corresponding to its five chapters. The first four are written as acrostics — chapters 1, 2, and 4 each have 22 verses, corresponding to the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet, the first lines beginning with the first letter of the alphabet, the second with the second letter, and so on. Chapter 3 has 66 verses, so that each letter begins three lines, and the fifth poem is not acrostic but still has 22 lines. Unlike standard alphabetical order, in the middle chapters of Lamentations, the letter Pe the 17th letter comes before Ayin the 16th. The first chapter uses standard alphabetical order. The book consists of five separate poems.
THE BOOK OF LAMENTATIONS
The Book of Lamentations may not be the most popular book in the Bible, but it is an essential ingredient for helping humans to understand an important aspect of their relationship with God — the expression of grief and distress. This special book is a collection of five lament poems recounting the tragic fall of Jerusalem to Babylon. This catastrophic event was the direct result of Israel's constant rebellion against God's Covenant despite His persistent warnings through prophets to Jerusalem's royal lineage. Now surrounded by war, grief and suffering, the people of Israel acknowledge their sin and cry out to God for restoration and repentance in the lament poems, which are a way to process emotion and confusion at the disorder and chaos and to express themselves to God. Reading Lamentations helps us today to understand that communicating our distress to God about what's wrong in our lives is an appropriate response to the evil in the world, rather than keeping it bottled up inside. Wisdom Poetry. A collection of five funeral poems offered on behalf of Jerusalem after its destruction by Babylon.