November 17, 2013

Scripture and Commentary, Monday after the Twenty-fifth Sunday after Trinity

Morning – Psalm 99, 100, Lamentations 1:1-14, 1 Peter 3:13
Evening – Psalm 103, 1 Thessalonians 5:12

Commentary, Lamentations 1:1-14

Lamentations is appropriately named, for it is a lament over Israel’s devastating conquest by the Babylonians in 586 B.C.  Jerusalem has been completely sacked.  The city’s protective wall have been destroyed, along with that great symbol of God’s presence and blessing, the Temple.  Thousands of the city’s residents have been killed in the battle; thousands more were mercilessly executed after the city fell.  Great numbers of those left alive were taken on a death march to live in captivity in Babylon.

The first chapter expresses the grief of the people over their plight.  Jerusalem, and, sometimes Judah, are referred to in the literary form of personification: “She weepeth” (vs 2), “her adversaries” (vs. 5).

The reason for he devastation is given in verse 8, and this may well be the single most important verse in the book.  “Jerusalem hath grievously sinned; therefore she is removed,” meaning taken to Babylon.

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