Lamentation 3

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 3

Overview.

Chapter three is a poem, written with an acrostic in three parts, with three verses to each letter of the Hebrew alphabet.

First part is personal distress for the destruction of Jerusalem. “I am the man who has seen affliction by the rod of his wrath.” (v1). The poet embodies national affliction to himself, bitterness and hardship, darkness. Yet poet expresses hope in God, God’s renewing compassion. “Great is thy faithfulness,” (v.23)

Second part is calling for wise counsels which is submission and repentance in the knowledge of God’s righteousness. The poet acknowledges that the affliction came from God, and accept it as the work of the sovereign God and result of the sin of the people, calling for repentance.

Third part is pleading God’s mercies and praying for vindication, and the requiting of the enemy, “put a veil over their hands, and may your curse be on them.” (v.65), and pleading for vengeance.

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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