The sinking feeling of endless sorrow

Lamentations Bible Background

11.11.2014 Old Testament: Lam 3.19–21

To read the Bible in a year, read Lamentations 3–5 on November 11, In the year of our Lord 2014

By Don Ruhl

As Jeremiah remembered the former beauty of Jerusalem with the magnificent temple of Solomon all demolished, the prophet mourned greatly. He wailed,

Remember my affliction and roaming,
The wormwood and the gall.
My soul still remembers
And sinks within me.
This I recall to my mind,
Therefore I have hope.
(Lamentations 3.19–21) 

What was it like to remember the horrible sieges of the Babylonians, as they fought on the walls, and eventually brought those walls down, entered the city, and began killing and doing the awful things that you can imagine they must have done? It made Jeremiah’s soul sink.

Yet, he had hope, and you will find out why in the verses that follow, because he could see that Jerusalem had not been completely wasted, but the Lord left a remnant, which He would build up in the years to come.

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