Lamentations 3

Chapter three is three times as long as the other chapters, giving three verses for each letter of the Hebrew alphabet. Jeremiah shifted the focus again, this time to his own misery and suffering (Lamentations 3:1-19). He, too, had experienced God’s wrath, even though he was not one of the rebellious Jews. Rather, he was […]

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Lamentations 2

Chapter two shifts the focus slightly from the enemies who attacked Judah to God himself. In a series of bold statements, God’s wrath against Judah made him act almost like an enemy rather than her protector. It was Jehovah who threw “down the splendor of Israel…destroyed mercilessly all the homes…tore down the fortified cities…destroyed the

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Lamentations 1

IntroductionAlthough Jeremiah’s name is nowhere attached to the book in Hebrew, the Septuagint titled it “The Lamentations of Jeremiah,” and the Jews and early Church were all but unanimous in attributing it to him. In Hebrew, the name of the book is “How?” or “Alas!”, based on the first word of Lamentations 1:1, 2:1, and

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