The worst has happened. Jerusalem is in ruins. God’s chosen people, the Jews, have lost their city and their land. Now they may also lose their nation and their faith.
The Lamentations are funeral songs for the way of life and the people that have been lost. The songs accept that this disaster is God’s punishment, and they look to him as their only help and hope.
The Lamentations give a vivid picture of a desperate situation. All the people of Jerusalem and surrounding Judea have been killed, captured or ruined. Solomon’s temple has been torn down. The city’s great buildings and fine houses have been reduced to rubble.
The poems admit that this destruction is well-deserved and long overdue. God has punished his people for their sins, by letting their enemies conquer them. But God is also merciful. His people dare to hope and pray that he will accept their repentance and restore them.
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