Outline of Lamentations

analytical Essay
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1766 words

Outline of Lamentations1
A. Complaint made to God and request for his mercy 1:1-11
B. Complaint made to friends 1:12-17
C. Appeal to God 1:18-22

A. Anger of God as the cause 2:1-9
B. Sorrow of Zion’s children 2: 10-19
C. Complaint is made to God 2: 20-22

A. God’s displeasure and the fruits of it 3:1-20
B. Words of comfort to God’s people 3:21-36
C. Duty prescribed in this afflicted state 3:37-41
D. The complaint renewed 3:42-54
E. Hope in God and to wait for his salvation 3:55-66

A. Injuries and indignities done to those who used to be respected 4:1, 2
B. Effects of the famine by the siege 4:3-10
C. Sacking of Jerusalem 4:11, 12
D. Acknowledges the sins 4:13-16
E. Gives up all as doomed to utter ruin 4:17-20
F. Foretells the destruction of Edomites 4:21, 22

A. Representation of the present calamitous state of God’s people in their captivity 5:1-16
B. Protestation of their concern for God’s sanctuary 5:17, 18
C. Supplication to God and expostulation with him for return of mercy 5:19-22.

Lamentations, written by the prophet Jeremiah, is a poem mourning the passing of Judah by the Babylonians in 586 B.C.E. (Bailey, 82) through siege and battle. Prior to the destruction, Jeremiah had warned or rather prophesized that Judah must change its ways or suffer the consequence of the Lords wrath. Before the Babylonians destroy the city of Jerusalem, Jeremiah warns the people to live by the laws of Babylon and even wrote the warning down to be presented to the people and even to the King. The King, who was placed on the throne by Egypt, in anger, burns the paper and has Jeremiah thrown in jail. While in Jail, Jeremiah conti...

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...usalem that they sought prophets who would tell them that they were doing good, and to ignore the wrongs that they were committing. He tells them in a blunt manner as one who had the authority to, which leaves one to believe that this man was not above lecturing and berating his people when they did wrong. Instead he let them have it sort of like a father who doesn’t just punish but teaches by pointing out the mistakes made. In this verse I saw Jeremiah as a stern father figure as well as a prophet.

Bailey Lloyd. Jeremiah, The New Book of Knowledge, Grolier Incorporated, 1998.
Beza, Theodore. Commentary on Lamentations, The 1599 Geneva Study Bible.

Henry, Matthew. Matthew Henry, A Commentary on The Whole Bible Volume 4 Isaiah to Malachi, Old Tappan New Jersey, Flemming H. Revell Publishers 1981.

Scofield, C.I. The New Scofield Study Bible, New York, Oxford University Press, 1967

Mears, Henretta C. What the Bible is All About, Minneapolis, MN, World Wide Publications

Carol L. Meyers, "Lamentations," World Book Online Americas Edition,, January 1, 2002.

In this essay, the author

  • Describes the lamentations 1 and 2.
  • Explains god's displeasure and the fruits of it 3:1-20. words of comfort to god’s people 3:21-36.
  • Analyzes the effects of the famine by the siege 4:3-10 and the sacking of jerusalem.
  • Analyzes how jeremiah's poem mourns the passing of judah by the babylonians in 586 b.c.e.
  • Describes how the babylonians lay siege to jerusalem and the survivors are either exiled or go into hiding and leave the area into egypt where they continue to think about what they have lost.
  • Explains that the book of lamentations is written in five chapters in an acrostic style poem based off of the hebrew alphabet.
  • Analyzes how uses colorful speech and analogies to impart upon the reader the full scope of damage done to the city.
  • Analyzes how the language used in these poems is hebrew; much is lost in translation, thus no way to capture the essence of the words and thoughts behind them. the chapters mentioned above come across as a beautiful and yet mournful poem.
  • Analyzes jeremiah's verse 20: "should the women eat their fruit, and children of a span long? shall the priest and the prophet be slain in the sanctuary of the lord?"
  • Analyzes how jeremiah states that priests and elders have given up the ghost in search of food in the city, but if read another way, it could go more like this.
  • Explains that jeremiah's people are warned to stay away from idolatry, and based on the rest of the bible that when things get hard, they want to make something tangible that they can worship.
  • Analyzes how chapter three describes what happened during the siege and afterwards, mostly lamenting the total destruction of what was once grandiose.
  • Analyzes how jeremiah brings up the rest of the chapter talking about how the people had imprisoned him and then cast stones upon him.
  • Describes the verses that sum up the theme and flavor of the book: lamentations 2:13, 14: what shall i liken to thee, o daughter of jerusalem?
  • Analyzes how jeremiah sums up the destruction of jerusalem in verse 2:13, comparing the damage to the size of the sea, and blaming the people for their turning to false prophets.
  • Cites bailey lloyd, jeremiah, beza, theodore, and henry on the whole bible volume 4 isaiah to malachi, flemming h. revell publishers 1981.
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