Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,
says Yahweh of Hosts. Zechariah 4:6
Lift up your heads, O gates, and be lifted up, O ancient doors,
That the King of Glory may come in! Who is this King of Glory?
Yahweh of Hosts: He is the King of Glory. Psalm 24:9-10
Introductory Note: The book of Lamentations was written by the prophet Jeremiah, and each of the five chapters is a separate lamentation. The literary genre is Hebrew poetry. In fact, chapters 1, 2, and 4 are acrostic poems with each verse beginning with the successive letters of the 22-letter Hebrew alphabet. Chapter 3 is also an acrostic poem in which the verses of each stanza begin with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet, and the verses within each stanza begin with the same letter.
The word "lamentation" is from the verb "to lament," meaning "to sorrow." What was Jeremiah lamenting?
What was the result of the destruction?
What is the taunt that gloating nations made over Jerusalem's fall?
In destroying Jerusalem, Yahweh "has thrown down and has not pitied." By this action, what has Yahweh done?
A great hymn of the faith is based on 3:22-24. Do you know what it is?
Why does Jeremiah in witnessing the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple say that God's faithfulness is great?
In view of the destruction of Jerusalem, Jeremiah gives three wise pieces of advice to the survivors of Israel. One is that nothing happens unless God decrees it. Can you give one of the remaining two?
Before the destruction, the princes (some versions have Nazirites) were described as brighter than snow. How is their appearance described now?
Jeremiah mentions two specific sins that brought this great calamity on Jerusalem, What were they?
One nation greatly rejoiced at Israel's judgment, but Jeremiah assures them that their time will also come. What nation was this?
In the midst of terrible change, with what should we comfort ourselves?
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