Chapter 5

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1 Remember, O LORD, what is come upon us: consider, and behold our reproach.

2 Our inheritance is turned to strangers, our houses to aliens.

3 We are orphans and fatherless, our mothers are as widows.

4 We have drunken our water for money; our wood is sold unto us.

5 Our necks are under persecution: we labour, and have no rest.

6 We have given the hand to the Egyptians, and to the Assyrians, to be satisfied with bread.

7 Our fathers have sinned, and are not; and we have borne their iniquities.

8 Servants have ruled over us: there is none that doth deliver us out of their hand.

9 We gat our bread with the peril of our lives because of the sword of the wilderness.

10 Our skin was black like an oven because of the terrible famine.

11 They ravished the women in Zion, and the maids in the cities of Judah.

12 Princes are hanged up by their hand: the faces of elders were not honoured.

13 They took the young men to grind, and the children fell under the wood.

14 The elders have ceased from the gate, the young men from their musick.

15 The joy of our heart is ceased; our dance is turned into mourning.

16 The crown is fallen from our head: woe unto us, that we have sinned!

17 For this our heart is faint; for these things our eyes are dim.

18 Because of the mountain of Zion, which is desolate, the foxes walk upon it.

19 Thou, O LORD, remainest for ever; thy throne from generation to generation.

20 Wherefore dost thou forget us for ever, and forsake us so long time?

21 Turn thou us unto thee, O LORD, and we shall be turned; renew our days as of old.

22 But thou hast utterly rejected us; thou art very wroth against us.

Commentary for Lamentations 5

The Jewish nation supplicating the Divine favour.1-16 Is any afflicted? Let him pray; and let him in prayer pour out his complaint to God. The people of God do so here; they complain not of evils feared, but of evils felt. If penitent and patient under what we suffer for the sins of our fathers, we may expect that He who punishes, will return in mercy to us. They acknowledge, Woe unto us that we have sinned! All our woes are owing to our own sin and folly. Though our sins and God's just displeasure cause our sufferings, we may hope in his pardoning mercy, his sanctifying grace, and his kind providence. But the sins of a man's whole life will be punished with vengeance at last, unless he obtains an interest in Him who bare our sins in his own body on the tree.

17-22 The people of God express deep concern for the ruins of the temple, more than for any other of their calamities. But whatever changes there are on earth, God is still the same, and remains for ever wise and holy, just and good; with Him there is no variableness nor shadow of turning. They earnestly pray to God for mercy and grace; Turn us to thee, O Lord. God never leaves any till they first leave him; if he turns them to him in a way of duty, no doubt he will quickly return to them in a way of mercy. If God by his grace renew our hearts, he will by his favour renew our days. Troubles may cause our hearts to be faint, and our eyes to be dim, but the way to the mercy-seat of our reconciled God is open. Let us, in all our trials, put our whole trust and confidence in his mercy; let us confess our sins, and pour out our hearts before him. Let us watch against repinings and despondency; for we surely know, that it shall be well in the end with all that trust in, fear, love, and serve the Lord. Are not the Lord's judgments in the earth the same as in Jeremiah's days? Let Zion then be remembered by us in our prayers, and her welfare be sought above every earthly joy. Spare, Lord, spare thy people, and give not thine heritage to reproach, for the heathen to rule over them.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Lamentations 5

  • Sharon on Lamentations 5
    Sin darkens and balcken the people heart. God cannot enter into a black heart. Men see the color of skin and hate. God sees the color of our heart and punish us, for our sins of the heart God does not judge by skin color, because the Son of God was never black, white, or brown. Jesus is the color of love, and what color is love it is the color of light and eternal life, which only comes from God.
  • Marlo on Lamentations 5
    Reading this passage of scripture put our history in perspective, and gives us, people of color, a sense of kinship with the people represented in the Bible. I feel a depth of love and gratitude when reading lametations from the perspective of a descendant of a 19th century slave in America. I am thankful to the LORD God for passages of scriptures such as these they are a balm to a weary soul.
  • Fred - in Reply on Lamentations 5
    Being conceived and born into sin, we are without the knowledge of God.Without the priests, or prophets their could be no way to hear! The consequences , being here lamented. America, you have the freedom to search the scriptures, you have the opportunity to be free from the slavery of sin! Jesus has freed us, no matter what color we are,we are subject only too Him! Glory to God!
  • Marlo on Lamentations 5
    For the prophet to describe the state of the skin of the children is significant. To associate the skin with 'as blas as an oven' shows a physical presentation of something that was common knowledge thousands of years ago. No it has nothing to do race, but yet everything to do with race. Why, when a person of color looks at the history of America, we can't help but to cry of this injustice.
  • Obbie Beal on Lamentations 5
    GOD's wrath is shown in the above; now 2018 and the 'whole world' is receiving the wrath of GOD (to some degree) because of sins, and we (saved and unsaved) can see the wrath of GOD everyday (except those that is blinded). ...Through MERCY we have received numerous extensions of days that the last one become Saved / SALVATION. WOW! WOW! WOW!
  • A disciple on Lamentations 5
    We read these very dreadful words, and can't help but think of the doom of our own Country because of apostasy and sin, and so much innocent blood! Jeremiah 25 speaks about these things. What is most tragic, is how that most are too hardened and indifferent to the things of God, and so, to their own eternal welfare; that they will never benefit from the Spirit's words through the Prophets.
  • Diesel on Lamentations 5
  • Kiya on Lamentations 5
    It is talking about turning from your old ways ,it also mentioned God turning us because we can't do it by ourselves, turn ask for help.
  • Cinderella on Lamentations 5
    Well let's not forget not to judge person for what they eat, drink or how they keep their Sabbath days. Prayer is most powerful and speak everything in love we all get deceived but God will guide Xavier. He did it for Paul and us.
  • Michael C. on Lamentations 5
    We should not look at these verses as anything but what they are; A Lamentation. It says in Moses how that after ages and generations of sinning and defiance; if one finally come to himself and repent, and accept the punishment of his sins, and the sins of his ancestors; that God would then accept him: (Lev. 26). We too have to accept God's judgment against our whole history, in the things coming.


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