Lamentation 2

Before Reading.

  • Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.

Reading.

  • Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
  • Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
  • Take a note if you have question, inspiration.   

Read Lamentation 2

Overview.

The poem in the chapter two describes the misery of the destructed Jerusalem as the result of God’s punishment.  “The Lord determined to tear down the wall around the Daughter of Zion.” (v.8).

This description is based on the invasion of Babylonia, and her seizing the wall of Jerusalem twice for two year periods, 589-587 BC. The poem describes the people’s agony and terrible situation within the wall during this time, and their cry to God for mercy.

“The hearts of the people cry out to the Lord,” (v.18), “Look, O Lord, and consider whom have you ever treated like this?” (v.20)

The poet reminded the people of Israel that one thing only they could do in this terrible situation amidst agony was to repent their disobedience and to ask God’s mercy.  

Reflection.

 1. What does this passage tell you about God?

 2. What does this passage tell you about people.?

3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?  

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