Lamentation 4

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 4

Overview.

Chapter 4 is a poem of lamentation for the destruction of Jerusalem. The poet contrasts the glory of the past and the misery and horrors of the present to find the cause of their destruction. 

It is the punishment of God, the poet acknowledges (V.11), then confess that the destruction of Jerusalem and Judah was caused by their sins, which were the corruption of the leaders, false prophets, misleading priests, injustice among them. (v13). Also, the poet points to political leaders including King Zedekiah who misled the nation by seeking help from Egypt when Jerusalem was seized by Babylonia (vs17-21). The poet puts oracle against Edom, a nation that was treachery to Judah.

The poet concludes with a prophet of restoration for the exiled, and all the people of Judah who experienced political and spiritual banishment. This prophecy rings for Isaiah’s prophetic restoration, Isiah 40: 1-2, “Comfort, comfort my people, say your God…. that her hard service has been completed, that her sin has been paid for, that she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins.”

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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