The Prophet Speaks: א (Alef)1 Alas! The city once full of peoplenow sits all alone!The prominent lady among the nationshas become a widow!The princess who once ruled the provinceshas become a forced labourer!ב (Bet)2 She weeps bitterly at night;tears stream down her cheeks.She has no one to comfort heramong all her lovers.All her friends have […]
It is evident that Jeremiah was the author of the Lamentations which bear his name. The book was not written till after the destruction of Jerusalem by the Chaldeans. May we be led to consider sin as the cause of all our calamities, and under trials exercise submission, repentance, faith, and prayer, with the hope of promised deliverance through God’s mercy.
The Prophet Speaks: א (Alef)1 Alas! The Lord has coveredDaughter Zion with his anger.He has thrown down the splendour of Israelfrom heaven to earth;he did not protect his templewhen he displayed his anger.ב (Bet)2 The Lord destroyed mercilesslyall the homes of Jacob’s descendants.In his anger he tore downthe fortified cities of Daughter Judah.He knocked to […]
The Prophet Speaks: א (Alef)1 I am the man who has experienced afflictionfrom the rod of his wrath.2 He drove me into captivity and made me walkin darkness and not light.3 He repeatedly attacks me,he turns his hand against me all day long.ב (Bet)4 He has made my mortal skin waste away;he has broken my […]
The Prophet Speaks: א (Alef)1 Alas! Gold has lost its lustre;pure gold loses value.Jewels are scatteredon every street corner.ב (Bet)2 The precious sons of Zionwere worth their weight in gold –Alas! – but now they are treated like broken clay pots,made by a potter.ג (Gimel)3 Even the jackals nurse their youngat their breast,but my people […]
The People of Jerusalem Pray: 1 O Lord, reflect on what has happened to us;consider and look at our disgrace.2 Our inheritance is turned over to strangers;foreigners now occupy our homes.3 We have become fatherless orphans;our mothers have become widows.4 We must pay money for our own water;we must buy our own wood at a […]