“The use of the alphabet symbolizes that the completeness—‘the A to Z’—of grief is being expressed.” (H.L. Like a queen stripped of her royal robes, she sighs and turns away. Lamentations 1:14 Most Hebrew manuscripts; many Hebrew manuscripts and Septuagint He kept watch over my sins. Our website uses cookies to store user preferences. Outside the sword bereaves, These are but various expressions to set out the misery into which God had brought this people for their sins.” (Poole). “The story of her desolation is mingled with confessions of her sin. 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 … a. Judah has gone into captivity: After the poetic images of the first few verses, Jeremiah simply reported the fact. “The image of pastureless deer contrasts sharply with the situation depicted in Psalm 23.” (Harrison). b. He made my strength fail; Jerusalem has sinned gravely, therefore she has become vile, : As Jeremiah described the tragedy of Jerusalem’s fall, one would rightly ask. They deceived Jerusalem and were of no help as the city starved to death. That was full of people! All her friends have dealt treacherously with her; Her enemies prosper; b. These cookies are strictly necessary to provide you with services available through our website and to use some of its features. b. i. Lamentations 1:1 This chapter is an acrostic poem, the verses of which begin with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet. (13-15) What the LORD did to Jerusalem. 2 She weeps bitterly in the night, with tears on her cheeks; among all her lovers she has none to comfort her; all her friends have dealt treacherously with her; they have become her enemies. It was because of the multitude of her transgressions. And it overpowered them; : After the poetic images of the first few verses, Jeremiah simply reported the fact. Because the comforter, who should restore my life, a. There is a sense in which this is true, but it is true for everyone who endures a deep season of suffering. The roads to Zion mourn No one comes to the set feasts: “The routes to Jerusalem, once thronged with pilgrims going up to the Temple to participate in festal rites, are now completely deserted.” (Harrison). 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. c. Zion spreads out her hands, but no one comforts her: Jerusalem felt no comfort from God, and received none from man. The virgin daughter of Judah. Sparta also, that other eye of Greece, is now a small burrow called Misithra, having nothing to boast of but the fame and thoughts of its former greatness.” (Trapp), : With poetic skill Jeremiah though of Jerusalem as the widow princess brought low, weeping uncontrollably with. With no one to help her, that he used of his own prophetic call in Jeremiah 20:9. i. Jerusalem remembers all her pleasant things “The yoke of my transgressions was bound; “The Lord has trampled underfoot all my mighty, From above He has sent fire into my bones, was the judgment God sent upon Jerusalem. (Read Lamentations 1:12-22) Jerusalem, sitting dejected on the ground, calls on those that passed by, to consider whether her example did not concern them. i. : The once dignified city was humiliated and exposed. “The last two verses are a tentative prayer that God will vindicate His righteousness among the other nations. “In this brief Book of Lamentation the spirit of the man is strikingly revealed. Ellison), “As oft as I read the Lamentations of Jeremiah, saith Gregory Nazianzen, my voice faileth me, and I am overwhelmed with tears. how is she become as a widow! She asks boldly if any sorrow could be compared to her sorrow, and then confesses that not one pang or stroke had been in excess of her sin.” (Meyer). Those one-time friends became her enemies. Once she was, : “The coin struck by Vespasian on the capture of Jerusalem, on the obverse of which there is a, “So was Athens, once the glory of Greece, for both arts and arms, now a dog hole in comparison. Her children have gone into captivity before the enemy. All her gates are desolate; The judgment came from heaven (, ). A fine representation of the miseries of a penitent soul, which feels that nothing but the pitifulness of God’s mercy can loose it.” (Clarke). Which has been brought on me, They have given their valuables for food to restore life. You always can block or delete cookies by changing your browser settings and force blocking all cookies on this website. With no comforter to help when the enemy exalted himself, all Jerusalem could do was cry out to the God she had rejected. Cross references: Lamentations 1:1 : S Lev 26:43. The Lord delivered me into the hands of those whom I am not able to withstand.