Chapter 2

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1 How hath the Lord covered the daughter of Zion with a cloud in his anger, and cast down from heaven unto the earth the beauty of Israel, and remembered not his footstool in the day of his anger!

2 The Lord hath swallowed up all the habitations of Jacob, and hath not pitied: he hath thrown down in his wrath the strong holds of the daughter of Judah; he hath brought them down to the ground: he hath polluted the kingdom and the princes thereof.

3 He hath cut off in his fierce anger all the horn of Israel: he hath drawn back his right hand from before the enemy, and he burned against Jacob like a flaming fire, which devoureth round about.

4 He hath bent his bow like an enemy: he stood with his right hand as an adversary, and slew all that were pleasant to the eye in the tabernacle of the daughter of Zion: he poured out his fury like fire.

5 The Lord was as an enemy: he hath swallowed up Israel, he hath swallowed up all her palaces: he hath destroyed his strong holds, and hath increased in the daughter of Judah mourning and lamentation.

6 And he hath violently taken away his tabernacle, as if it were of a garden: he hath destroyed his places of the assembly: the LORD hath caused the solemn feasts and sabbaths to be forgotten in Zion, and hath despised in the indignation of his anger the king and the priest.

7 The Lord hath cast off his altar, he hath abhorred his sanctuary, he hath given up into the hand of the enemy the walls of her palaces; they have made a noise in the house of the LORD, as in the day of a solemn feast.

8 The LORD hath purposed to destroy the wall of the daughter of Zion: he hath stretched out a line, he hath not withdrawn his hand from destroying: therefore he made the rampart and the wall to lament; they languished together.

9 Her gates are sunk into the ground; he hath destroyed and broken her bars: her king and her princes are among the Gentiles: the law is no more; her prophets also find no vision from the LORD.

10 The elders of the daughter of Zion sit upon the ground, and keep silence: they have cast up dust upon their heads; they have girded themselves with sackcloth: the virgins of Jerusalem hang down their heads to the ground.

11 Mine eyes do fail with tears, my bowels are troubled, my liver is poured upon the earth, for the destruction of the daughter of my people; because the children and the sucklings swoon in the streets of the city.

12 They say to their mothers, Where is corn and wine? when they swooned as the wounded in the streets of the city, when their soul was poured out into their mothers' bosom.

13 What thing shall I take to witness for thee? what thing shall I liken to thee, O daughter of Jerusalem? what shall I equal to thee, that I may comfort thee, O virgin daughter of Zion? for thy breach is great like the sea: who can heal thee?

14 Thy prophets have seen vain and foolish things for thee: and they have not discovered thine iniquity, to turn away thy captivity; but have seen for thee false burdens and causes of banishment.

15 All that pass by clap their hands at thee; they hiss and wag their head at the daughter of Jerusalem, saying, Is this the city that men call The perfection of beauty, The joy of the whole earth?

16 All thine enemies have opened their mouth against thee: they hiss and gnash the teeth: they say, We have swallowed her up: certainly this is the day that we looked for; we have found, we have seen it.

17 The LORD hath done that which he had devised; he hath fulfilled his word that he had commanded in the days of old: he hath thrown down, and hath not pitied: and he hath caused thine enemy to rejoice over thee, he hath set up the horn of thine adversaries.

18 Their heart cried unto the Lord, O wall of the daughter of Zion, let tears run down like a river day and night: give thyself no rest; let not the apple of thine eye cease.

19 Arise, cry out in the night: in the beginning of the watches pour out thine heart like water before the face of the Lord: lift up thy hands toward him for the life of thy young children, that faint for hunger in the top of every street.

20 Behold, O LORD, and consider to whom thou hast done this. Shall the women eat their fruit, and children of a span long? shall the priest and the prophet be slain in the sanctuary of the Lord?

21 The young and the old lie on the ground in the streets: my virgins and my young men are fallen by the sword; thou hast slain them in the day of thine anger; thou hast killed, and not pitied.

22 Thou hast called as in a solemn day my terrors round about, so that in the day of the LORD'S anger none escaped nor remained: those that I have swaddled and brought up hath mine enemy consumed.

Commentary for Lamentations 2

Lamentation for the misery of Jerusalem.1-9 A sad representation is here made of the state of God's church, of Jacob and Israel; but the notice seems mostly to refer to the hand of the Lord in their calamities. Yet God is not an enemy to his people, when he is angry with them and corrects them. And gates and bars stand in no stead when God withdraws his protection. It is just with God to cast down those by judgments, who debase themselves by sin; and to deprive those of the benefit and comfort of sabbaths and ordinances, who have not duly valued nor observed them. What should they do with Bibles, who make no improvement of them? Those who misuse God's prophets, justly lose them. It becomes necessary, though painful, to turn the thoughts of the afflicted to the hand of God lifted up against them, and to their sins as the source of their miseries.

10-22 Causes for lamentation are described. Multitudes perished by famine. Even little children were slain by their mother's hands, and eaten, according to the threatening, #De 28:53|. Multitudes fell by the sword. Their false prophets deceived them. And their neighbours laughed at them. It is a great sin to jest at others' miseries, and adds much affliction to the afflicted. Their enemies triumphed over them. The enemies of the church are apt to take its shocks for its ruins; but they will find themselves deceived. Calls to lamentation are given; and comforts for the cure of these lamentations are sought. Prayer is a salve for every sore, even the sorest; a remedy for every malady, even the most grievous. Our business in prayer is to refer our case to the Lord, and leave it with him. His will be done. Let us fear God, and walk humbly before him, and take heed lest we fall.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Lamentations 2

  • Sharon on Lamentations 2
    How much should God tolerate? How much can we tolerate in sin. If earthly parents can punish their children, why should God not punish us. God changes not from the begiing to end, Men are always changing and no rules of man can overide God word. God gave us His best. Jesus paid the price for our sins, but it seem as if many people desire desire change back for the price Jesus paid for our sins.
  • Edith on Lamentations 2
    What is -Solemn Feasts ,and the difference between sabbaths and the Holy Sabbath Day ?
  • Louis - in Reply on Lamentations 2
    Solemn Feasts were the made up, concocted feasts devised to falsely give honor praise to false gods like The Queen of Heaven discussed in Jeremiah. The Holy Sabbath was God's Day for Man to Rest focus on HIM ALONE. Not some wooden, stone or grove site that man decided was his god. What God is saying here in verse 6 is ALL OF THEM HAVE BEEN POLLUTED BY SIN HE HAS TAKEN ALL AWAY.
  • Vanessa on Lamentations 2
    Follow God's word not the word of man
  • America has been know as the country of freedom, love, and opportunity. What do we see now? Our city's being destroyed by hurricanes, earthquakes, and yet we continue to disobey God's word. God sent Jesus to die for sins so we can have eternal life. We are living in a sinful world. Revelation tells us what will happen when Jesus returns. Repent before it is too late. We are living the Bible
  • JO - in Reply on Lamentations 2
    I think America has become Babylon
  • A disciple on Lamentations 2
    You can tell by which Chapters are filled with comments and discussion and which ones are notably avoided what people gravitate to and what they are uncomfortable with. In nearly every single movie or play that has a Preacher warning of wrath and hell fire, they are portrayed as ugly and cruel, and the whole subject is then made a mockery. But Jesus, the Author of love, very much taught about it!
  • Michael C. on Lamentations 2
    It is a great mystery to many, how that the Lord Jesus should be delivered into the hands of sinners; and that we in turn, follow in His steps, as sheep for slaughter. Perhaps it is because, we simply have not the capacity to grasp the magnitude of Israel's sin, in having forfeited the throne of David, and so, their kingdom; and that the world dominion is given to the heathen till Christ returns.
  • Stephen F. Zielski on Lamentations 2
  • Abby on Lamentations 2
    According to my KJV study bible vs. 20, they were starving in the streets and even subjected to cannibalism. It was a horrible time in the history and now we as a nation are doing the same that they did. It shows what happens when we as a nation turn from God.


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