The Book:

This book describes the funeral of a city.  It is a tear stained portrait of the once proud Jerusalem, now reduced to rubble by the invasion of Babylon under the rule of Nebuchadnezzar.

The prophet Jeremiah writes his lament in what is called acrostic or alphabetical fashion.  Beginning each chapter with the first letter (Aleph), he progresses verse by verse through the Hebrew alphabet, literally weeping from A to Z.

The Author:

The universal consensus of early Jewish and Christian tradition attributes this book to Jeremiah.


The weeping prophet, Jeremiah, is a figure of Christ, the prophet who wept over the same city six centuries later.  Matt. 23:37-38:




We also can see a picture of Christ's life of sorrow and grief.

The Key:

Lamentation - TO CRY ALOUD


Destruction of Jerusalem

Anger of Jehovah

Prayer for mercy

Siege of Jerusalem

Prayer for Restoration

When the destruction finally came, a lesser man would have said "I told you so", instead Jeremiah composes five beautiful and emotional lament poems.

Lamentation 2:5-6                                                                                           





1.         Jeremiah is know as:


2.         Why was Jeremiah lamenting?


3.         Was there a ray of hope?



FOR NEXT TIME: Read the Book of Ezekiel