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Book of Lamentations


Authorship and Origin:

No author is named in these poems, but Jewish tradition states that Jeremiah was the author. The subject and emotions of the poems indicate that this is probably true. These words were probably written when Jeremiah had fled with a small remnant into Egypt after the fall of Jerusalem probably around 587 B.C..

Overview and Significant sections

The book is composed of five poems. It is interesting to note that each line of segment of a poem begans with a different, consecutive letter of the twenty-two letter Hebrew alphabet. Reading these poems, we can sense the impact of the national disaster of the destruction of Jerusalem. They reflect the need to face the reality of sin, and turn to God wherever we are. God intends to bring us good even in the face of suffering and pain. Suffering is often the pathway to healing.

Significant sections:

For more detailed study:
Read Chapter 1. (the entire book is available starting here.)
The Concise Matthew Henry Commentary on this book. introduction of this book.
the World Wide Study Bible has Dictionary, Commentary, Scripture and sermons available on this book.