08/25/2018 — Lamentations Chapters 1-2
Posted on: August 25, 2018 /
Most commentators concur that the book of Lamentations was penned by the prophet Jeremiah as he experienced the destruction of Jerusalem — thus the name, “Lamentations,” denoting the passionate expression of grief or sorrow. This is another in the reasons why Jeremiah is referred to as the “weeping prophet.”
Coffman adds insight into the construction of the book. I was not aware of these details & they make me reflect on the inspired talent of the author.
The Lamentations are written in poetry. The five chapters form five stanzas of one elegy over Zion’s fall. – The two first stanzas (chapters) are composed of 22 verses each and the initial letter of each verse follows the alphabetical order.
– The third stanza (chapter) is constructed identically with the difference that each verse of the succeeding set of three begins with the same Hebrew letter. This is why chapter 3 contains 66 verses.
– The fourth stanza (chapter) is constructed as stanzas 1 and 2 with the difference that each verse contains of two instead of three lines.
– The fifth stanza (chapter) contains of 22 single lines, which however are not in alphabetical order.
And in my reading of the first two chapters I could hear the prophecies of Jeremiah clearly. First the remembrance of the Object Lesson of the yoke Jeremiah wore:
“My sins have been bound into a yoke;
by his hands they were woven together.
They have been hung on my neck,
and the Lord has sapped my strength.
He has given me into the hands
of those I cannot withstand.
Secondly, the fulfillment of one of his most stressed prophecies that the “prophets of the people” were false and misleading but that the Lord will reign:
Lamentations 2:14 and 2:17
14 The visions of your prophets
were false and worthless;
they did not expose your sin
to ward off your captivity.
The prophecies they gave you
were false and misleading.
17 The Lord has done what he planned;
he has fulfilled his word,
which he decreed long ago.
He has overthrown you without pity,
he has let the enemy gloat over you,
he has exalted the horn of your foes.