Verse 1 – Remember, O Lord, what has come upon us; look, and behold our reproach!
Verse 2 – Our inheritance has been turned over to aliens, and our houses to foreigners.
Verse 3 – We have become orphans and waifs, our mothers are like widows.
Verse 4 – We pay for the water we drink, and our wood comes at a price.
Verse 5 – They pursue at our heels; we labor and have no rest.
Verse 6 – We have given our hand to the Egyptians and the Assyrians, to be satisfied with bread.
The inheritance, the gift from God, no longer belonged to God’s people. They had to pay for the water and the wood they used. They had made alliances with the Assyrians and the Egyptians instead of God. How foolish and futile to rely on anything or anybody but God.
Verse 7 – Our fathers sinned and are no more, but we bear their inequities.
Verse 8 – Servants rule over us; there is none to deliver us from their hand.
Verse 9 – We get our bread at the risk of our lives, because of the sword in the wilderness.
Verse 10 – Our skin is hot as an oven, because of the fever of famine.
Verse 11 – They ravished the women in Zion, the maidens in the cities of Judah.
Verse 12 – Princes were hung up by their hands, and elders were not respected.
Verse 13 – Young men ground at the millstones; boys stagger under loads of wood.
Verse 14 – The elders have ceased gathering at the gate, and the young men from their music.
Hardly anyone was left in Jerusalem. The elders who used to sit at the city gates, were no longer their; princes were hung by their hands; and the young boys labored under enormous loads.
Verse 15 – The joy of our heart has ceased; our dance has turned into mourning.
Verse 16 – The crown has fallen from our head. Woe to us, for we have sinned!
Verse 17 – Because of this our heart is faint; because of these things our eyes grow dim;
Verse 18 – Because of Mount Zion which is desolate, with foxes walking about on it.
the fallen crown symbolized Israel’s loss of honor and glory.
Verse 19 – You, O Lord, remain forever; Your throne from generation to generation.
Verse 20 – Why do You forget us forever, and forsake us for so long a time?
Verse 21 – Turn us back to You, O Lord, and we will be restored; renew our days of old,
Verse 22 – Unless You have utterly rejected us, and are very angry with us!
A high calling flouted by low living results in deep suffering. Lamentations shows us that Judah’s sin caught up with them and God turned His back on them. How sad! Every material goal that they lived for had collapsed. Although God turned His back on them for a time, He did not abandon them. Our grief should turn us toward Him, not away.