About the Book of Lamentations
We call this book Lamentations because it is a sad book. It has five parts. All five parts are about the city of Jerusalem.
God wanted his people to take care of Jerusalem and the
In the first two parts of the book, Jeremiah writes sometimes as if he himself is speaking. Other times he writes as if the city of Jerusalem and its people are speaking. The city speaks as if it is a woman who is speaking. In the next two parts, only Jeremiah speaks. In the last part, he writes as if the city's people are praying to God.
The first part is about the lonely city. The second part says that God was like an angry enemy. In the next part, Jeremiah remembers how good God is. If people really love God, they can hope for better things always. After that, Jeremiah talks about the cruel enemies. He remembers what those enemies did to the people in the city. In the last part, the city's people know that they have done many wrong things. So they ask God to forget those bad things.
Lamentations shows us that God gets angry about