Lamentations Chapter 1

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Lamentations 1

1 How doth the city sit solitary, that was full of people! how is she become as a widow! she that was great among the nations, and princess among the provinces, how is she become tributary!

She weepeth sore in the night, and her tears are on her cheeks: among all her lovers she hath none to comfort her: all her friends have dealt treacherously with her, they are become her enemies.

Judah is gone into captivity because of affliction, and because of great servitude: she dwelleth among the heathen, she findeth no rest: all her persecutors overtook her between the straits.

The ways of Zion do mourn, because none come to the solemn feasts: all her gates are desolate: her priests sigh, her virgins are afflicted, and she is in bitterness.

Her adversaries are the chief, her enemies prosper; for the Lord hath afflicted her for the multitude of her transgressions: her children are gone into captivity before the enemy.

And from the daughter of Zion all her beauty is departed: her princes are become like harts that find no pasture, and they are gone without strength before the pursuer.

Jerusalem remembered in the days of her affliction and of her miseries all her pleasant things that she had in the days of old, when her people fell into the hand of the enemy, and none did help her: the adversaries saw her, and did mock at her sabbaths.

Jerusalem hath grievously sinned; therefore she is removed: all that honoured her despise her, because they have seen her nakedness: yea, she sigheth, and turneth backward.

Her filthiness is in her skirts; she remembereth not her last end; therefore she came down wonderfully: she had no comforter. O Lord, behold my affliction: for the enemy hath magnified himself.

10 The adversary hath spread out his hand upon all her pleasant things: for she hath seen that the heathen entered into her sanctuary, whom thou didst command that they should not enter into thy congregation.

11 All her people sigh, they seek bread; they have given their pleasant things for meat to relieve the soul: see, OLord, and consider; for I am become vile.

12 Is it nothing to you, all ye that pass by? behold, and see if there be any sorrow like unto my sorrow, which is done unto me, wherewith the Lord hath afflicted me in the day of his fierce anger.

13 From above hath he sent fire into my bones, and it prevaileth against them: he hath spread a net for my feet, he hath turned me back: he hath made me desolate and faint all the day.

14 The yoke of my transgressions is bound by his hand: they are wreathed, and come up upon my neck: he hath made my strength to fall, the Lord hath delivered me into their hands, from whom I am not able to rise up.

15 The Lord hath trodden under foot all my mighty men in the midst of me: he hath called an assembly against me to crush my young men: the Lord hath trodden the virgin, the daughter of Judah, as in a winepress.

16 For these things I weep; mine eye, mine eye runneth down with water, because the comforter that should relieve my soul is far from me: my children are desolate, because the enemy prevailed.

17 Zion spreadeth forth her hands, and there is none to comfort her: the Lord hath commanded concerning Jacob, that his adversaries should be round about him: Jerusalem is as a menstruous woman among them.

18 The Lord is righteous; for I have rebelled against his commandment: hear, I pray you, all people, and behold my sorrow: my virgins and my young men are gone into captivity.

19 I called for my lovers, but they deceived me: my priests and mine elders gave up the ghost in the city, while they sought their meat to relieve their souls.

20 Behold, O Lord; for I am in distress: my bowels are troubled; mine heart is turned within me; for I have grievously rebelled: abroad the sword bereaveth, at home there is as death.

21 They have heard that I sigh: there is none to comfort me: all mine enemies have heard of my trouble; they are glad that thou hast done it: thou wilt bring the day that thou hast called, and they shall be like unto me.

22 Let all their wickedness come before thee; and do unto them, as thou hast done unto me for all my transgressions: for my sighs are many, and my heart is faint.

26 thoughts on “Lamentations Chapter 1

  1. 20 Behold, O Lord; for I am in distress: my bowels are troubled; mine heart is turned within me; for I have grievously rebelled: abroad the sword bereaveth, at home there is as death.

    21 They have heard that I sigh: there is none to comfort me: all mine enemies have heard of my trouble; they are glad that thou hast done it: thou wilt bring the day that thou hast called, and they shall be like unto me.

    22 Let all their wickedness come before thee; and do unto them, as thou hast done unto me for all my transgressions: for my sighs are many, and my heart is faint.

    MY HEART IS FAINT

    9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

    I see the is people and know their heart is faint because they failed to obey God!! Their heart should be faint in them and if we refuse to listen to God our heart should be faint in us.

    Look at the definition of faint.

    faint

    1.
    lacking brightness, vividness, clearness, loudness, strength, etc.: a faint light; a faint color; a faint sound.
    2.
    feeble or slight: faint resistance; faint praise; a faint resemblance.
    3.
    feeling weak, dizzy, or exhausted; about to lose consciousness: faint with hunger.
    4.
    lacking courage; cowardly; timorous: Faint heart never won fair maid.
    5.
    Law. unfounded: a faint action.

    Any of these show how important it is not to be faint.
    When we no longer have a clear vision, lose resistance, feel weak, and cowardly.

    I have found it impossible to live for God if you are faint. We should not be weary in well doing.
    God help me not to be FAINT!!!

  2. Bound by my own hands

    14 The yoke of my transgressions is bound by his hand: they are wreathed, and come up upon my neck: he hath made my strength to fall, the Lord hath delivered me into their hands, from whom I am not able to rise up.

    Wake up call, sometimes we need to look close in the mirror and realize that maybe the yoke has been bounded by your own hands. That noose upon our neck was constructed by our own sinful ways. When I was young I made a lot of mistakes; knowing that when the consequences of those mistake afflict my body, it is ignorant to try to blame God. I will use my father as an example; my dad smoke from the age of 12 so by the time he was 80 the emphysema was so bad there was no helping him. It would of been ignorant to get angry at God for my fathers illness that eventually took him to the grave. In the same way, we need to take a very close look at our lives and identify those yokes that maybe were put there by our own hands, then repent, cry unto the Lord with humility and contrition, and let the Lord of lord, King of kings, our Redeemer set you free and destroy all yokes in your life. Thank you Jesus for your Grace is everlasting and your Mercy endureth for ever.!!!!!!!!!!!!! Today is the day of SALVATION!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. 14 The yoke of my transgressions is bound by his hand: they are wreathed, and come up upon my neck: he hath made my strength to fall, the Lord hath delivered me into their hands, from whom I am not able to rise up.

    wow this is trying to tell us something important..
    i use to my blame god for not making me like my sisters and as beautiful like them but I now relize that beutiy wont get me anywere and god made me as perfect as can be I love you lord and thank you for making me just the way I am te amo con todod mi Corazon ❤

  4. 18 The Lord is righteous; for I have rebelled against his commandment: hear, I pray you, all people, and behold my sorrow: my virgins and my young men are gone into captivity.
    19 I called for my lovers, but they deceived me: my priests and mine elders gave up the ghost in the city, while they sought their meat to relieve their souls.

    What happens when we disobey God? As we read in this passage, we see just a little what happens. Not only does the person who did the sin hurt ,but those around them do to. This is why we need to pray for our leaders. In our churches, jobs, schools, homes,and ect. When we follow someone pray for them ,for they are human. Flesh that will sin. We are a creation that have the will to do whatever we please. The fact of the matter is that sin is fun. If it wasn’t fun no one would be doing it. We need to pray for the generation of today and tomorrow that God will help us to what is right.

  5. REGRET CITY

    7 Jerusalem remembered in the days of her affliction and of her miseries all her pleasant things that she had in the days of old, when her people fell into the hand of the enemy, and none did help her: the adversaries saw her, and did mock at her sabbaths.

    8 Jerusalem hath grievously sinned; therefore she is removed: all that honoured her despise her, because they have seen her nakedness: yea, she sigheth, and turneth backward.

    I had not really planned to take a trip this year, yet I found myself packing anyway, and off I went, dreading it. I was on another guilt trip.
    I booked my reservation on Wish-I-Had Airlines. I didn’t check my bags. Everyone carries their own on this airline, and I had to drag mine for what seemed like miles through Regret City Airport. People from everywhere were there, struggling under the weight of bags they had packed themselves.
    I caught a cab to Last Resort Hotel, and found the ballroom where my event would be held – The Annual Pity Party. As I checked in, I saw all my old friends on the guest list; the Done family – Woulda, Coulda, and Shoulda. The Opportunities – Missed and Lost. The Yesterdays – too many to count, but they’d all have sad stories to share. Shattered Dreams and Broken Promises would be there, along with Don’t Blame Me, and I Can’t Help It. And of course hours of entertainment would be provided by that renowned storyteller – It’s All Their Fault.
    As I prepared to settle in for a really long night, I realised that only one person had the power to send all these people back home and break up the party – me! All I had to do was return to the present and welcome the new day!
    The only power the past has over you is the power you give it. The only place it can live is in your memory. That’s why God is saying to you today, “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing!”

    Warning after warning, ultimately ignored until judgement arrives. Rebellion always births regret.

    Listen, obey and enjoy LIFE.

    Words to be inspired to live by.

    Paul in his parting words to Timothy
    2Timothy 4:7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:

    iBelieve
    iObey
    iPraise
    iPray
    iWork
    iGive
    iReap

  6. This chapter speaks about Jerusalems misery for her sin, and her afflictions and towards the end of the chapter she confesses her sin. 

    This chapter brings to mind that the fun of sin is truly just for a season. The world shows off it’s pretty and glamorous rookie players on ads to cause the people to fall by the lust of the eye, lust of the flesh or pride of life. They say drink this and you’ll be happy and have fun…..  Smoke this and you’ll look like this…… Some of those rookie players have made it “big” driving fancy cars and having big houses all while they have more than one partner, on drugs and dressing inappropriately….   
    But let’s see there veterans with liver disease & obesity from that happy and fun drinking,  those with lung cancer and addicted to smoking, or those with those nice houses and fancy cars having so many friends yet feeling empty and alone and used. Or those who are homeless and lost there family money and everything they worked so hard for. A life full of regrets. Sin never pays off !!! 

    Now let’s see a veteran child of God filled with the Holy Ghost and standing on the true Word of God…. They have joy unspeakable, love and a sound mind from day one until forever. They have the greatest physician, no addictions, and will walk on streets of gold, and have gates of pearl and jasper. A life without regrets.

    “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” (Matthew 11:28-30 MSG)

  7. 1 How doth the city sit solitary, that was full of people! how is she become as a widow! she that was great among the nations, and princess among the provinces, how is she become tributary!

    2 She weepeth sore in the night, and her tears are on her cheeks: among all her lovers she hath none to comfort her: all her friends have dealt treacherously with her, they are become her enemies.

    3 Judah is gone into captivity because of affliction, and because of great servitude: she dwelleth among the heathen, she findeth no rest: all her persecutors overtook her between the straits.

    When our “praise” is lost because of captivity of carnality and servitude to the things of this world, our city and those that are depending on us to show them the way of truth will she lost! Wake up Oh Church of the living God, shake yourself Your calling and purpose is great. Others are depending on you.

  8. The blessing of space to repent

    20 Behold, O Lord; for I am in distress: my bowels are troubled; mine heart is turned within me; for I have grievously rebelled: abroad the sword bereaveth, at home there is as death.

    To the outsider Israel cries may sound innocent. Perhaps people hearing may think this is unfair. Unfortunately their words are proclaimed after the warning.

    They had a chance to repent, to listen, and to change, but they refused.

    The Lord regretfully rained judgement upon them.

    The word says he is not slack as some men count slackness but is long suffering to usward not willing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.

    I am thankful to serve a God who gives every chance in the world for us to make it right.

  9. 2 She weepeth sore in the night, and her tears are on her cheeks: among all her lovers she hath none to comfort her: all her friends have dealt treacherously with her, they are become her enemies.

    The world will leave you desolate. Broken. There is no comfort in it. The world is governed by selfish desires that will use and abuse. True comfort is found in the loving arms of Christ. True fulfillment is found in the work of God. Sin may be fun for a season but the end of it is death. Life is in Christ!

  10. This chapter illustrates sorrow. There was great sorrow for what they had allowed. One can either be sorrowful or joyful over what one allows to happen, God’s (Jesus) way is the only true way to joy and happiness. What a mighty God we serve! May the good Lord Bless you all in Jesus name, Amen

  11. iLove to Eat the Word

    Captivity is a Step Away from Disobedience

    18 The Lord is righteous; for I have rebelled against his commandment: hear, I pray you, all people, and behold my sorrow: my virgins and my young men are gone into captivity.

  12. 8 Jerusalem hath grievously sinned; therefore she is removed: all that honoured her despise her, because they have seen her nakedness: yea, she sigheth, and turneth backward.

    Separation

    From the beginning, sin has separated man from God. God is the opposite of sin, therefore when we allow sin in our lives we diminish his role in our lives. Sin is the absence of God or the absence of his character. Jesus was humble and submissive. God on Earth submitted to fallen man in order to be crucified. Who are we to puff up and not submit to people over us? True submission is only shown when you submit to something in which you disagree.

  13. 3 Judah is gone into captivity because of affliction, and because of great servitude: she dwelleth among the heathen, she findeth no rest: all her persecutors overtook her between the straits.

    Don’t let depression and trouble take your. Serve The Lord with gladness.

    Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing. -Psalms 100:2

  14. So many troubles and not enough tears to cover them. We find ourselves lamenting to God after we have made a mess of things. We cannot pray in retrospect to a problem, we have to do some preventative praying.
    Pray before you make a decision and ask God to birth the idea and direction instead of asking God to fix your mess.

  15. 6 And from the daughter of Zion all her beauty is departed: her princes are become like harts that find no pasture, and they are gone without strength before the pursuer.

    When we don’t eat, we have no strength to elude our pursuers. When we hear from the Man of God and eat the Word of God, our spirit is fed and we can elude the traps of the enemy. The more spiritual food we eat, the more strength we have.

    More of You, More of You
    I’ve had all but what I need
    Is just more of You
    Of things I’ve had my fill
    And yet I hunger still
    Empty and bare, Lord here my prayer
    For more of You

  16. Mourning Jerusalem

    9 Her filthiness is in her skirts; she remembereth not her last end; therefore she came down wonderfully: she had no comforter. O Lord, behold my affliction: for the enemy hath magnified himself.

    In the first of 5 sorrowful poems (laments), the writer of Lamentations (probably Jeremiah) mourns the destruction of Jerusalem. After an 18-month siege, Jerusalem falls to king Neb. of Babylon in 586 B.C. in which Neb. wrecked the temple, desecrated the Most Holy Place, murders young and old and drags the survivors to Babylon. Jerusalem, once the capitol of a strong nation known for its ability to capture and conquer surrounding nations “Saul has killed his thousands, and David his ten thousands!” (1 Sa 18:7) and gain respect (2 Chr 9:1-9). She does not think beyond the moment’s sinful pleasure to what her rebellious behavior will mean to her sons and daughters. She plunges from the mountaintop of power and respect into the gutter of despair and humiliation, finding no one to console her there. However, she realizes that her humiliating dilemma results from her own bad choices, and she cries, “O, Lord, see me here.” vs14 shows how sin binds, and saps strength. fIn Nehemiah we learned that “the joy of the LORD is your strength.” and if we don’t turn away from Him and indulge in sinful rebellion, then we can find everlasting life. Mourn and call on Jesus for forgiveness, but we have to travail in the Spirit and break the cycle of sin in our lives. Our comfort and strength can always be found in the Lord.

  17. The Lord is righteous; for I have rebelled

    18

    against his commandment: hear, I pray you, all people, and behold my sorrow: my virgins and my young men are gone into captivity.

    I called for my lovers, but they deceived me:

    19

    my priests and mine elders gave up the ghost in the city, while them to relieve their souls.

    Behold, O Lord; for I am in distress: my bowels

    20

    are troubled; mine heart is turned within me; for I have grievously rebelled: abroad the sword bereaveth, at home there is as death
    here we see some of judgement being handed out because of disobedience and rebellion God’s people should have just took the safe and obey God

  18. Who will cry for our city?

    Jeremiah is lamenting I these scriptures.
    Lamentations
    intransitive verb
    : to mourn aloud : wail
    transitive verb
    1 : to express sorrow, mourning, or regret for often demonstratively : mourn 2 : to regret strongly
    synonyms See Synonym Discussion at deplore

    Jeremiah was crying for the people. Why would they not listen. There are people I pray for and I cry out to God. I only wish that I have as much passion and zeal for the people of Fort Worth as Jeremiah had for the people of Jerusalem.

  19. Home

    20 Behold, O Lord; for I am in distress: my bowels are troubled; mine heart is turned within me; for I have grievously rebelled: abroad the sword bereaveth, at home there is as death.

    Home is supposed to be a place of rest, but for many, “home” is merely a “house.” Broken homes, torn homes, wrecked homes, etc; it’s anything but “home.” Instead of a place of life it becomes a place of death.

    For the origin of “home,” I believe we need look no further than the garden of Eden. God placed the first family in a perfect environment of life, nourishment, protection, enjoyment, communion, and love, both with one another and God. Home was a place of God’s blessing and the setting of “paradise on earth.” It was in many ways meant to be an earthly reflection of heaven, yet it feels very much the opposite for many.

    Flash forward to present times. The church is the vehicle we abide in as we run the race to get to our true home in heaven. It is not uncommon to hear of those with difficult home situations finding church to be the most “at home” place they have. Truly, the church now gives a picture of heaven expanded on earth through God’s kingdom.

    Even so, we still find our personal home life to provide a substantial influence to church life. And rightly so, as God desires us to first find “home” with Him at our own personal altars. Regaining “home” is rooted in us individually regaining “home” with God. It produces a godly atmosphere in our houses and overflows into our churches.

    V20 is very open and honest as confession is made: “…for I have grievously rebelled: abroad the sword bereaveth, at home there is as death.”

    Sin destroys “home.” Heaven is the ultimate home, and it is sinless. Sin destroyed the first “home” and continues to rip apart homes today. Most importantly, sin ravages our relationship with God and severs the root of home regained. Restoring “home” starts at the altar of repentance.

    Haggai 1:7-9 NLT
    7 “This is what the LORD of Heaven’s Armies says: Look at what’s happening to you! 8 Now go up into the hills, bring down timber, and rebuild my house. Then I will take pleasure in it and be honored, says the LORD. 9 You hoped for rich harvests, but they were poor. And when you brought your harvest home, I blew it away. Why? Because my house lies in ruins, says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies, while all of you are busy building your own fine houses.

    Luke 18:28-30
    28 Then Peter said, Lo, we have left all, and followed thee. 29 And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or parents, or brethren, or wife, or children, for the kingdom of God’s sake, 30 Who shall not receive manifold more in this present time, and in the world to come life everlasting.

    Mark 8:34-37
    34 And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. 35 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it. 36 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? 37 Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

  20. The beauty of sin will wear off and when it does all you are faced with is the consequences of what you’ve done.
    But God won’t abandon His children because He loves us! He will never forsake His children and when we come to God He is there for us! Longer than any man, woman or friend ever will be!

    Thank you Jesus!

  21. 3 Judah is gone into captivity because of affliction, and because of great servitude: she dwelleth among the heathen, she findeth no rest: all her persecutors overtook her between the straits.

    4 The ways of Zion do mourn, because none come to the solemn feasts: all her gates are desolate: her priests sigh, her virgins are afflicted, and she is in bitterness.

    5 Her adversaries are the chief, her enemies prosper; for the Lord hath afflicted her for the multitude of her transgressions: her children are gone into captivity before the enemy.

    Our actions today affect the future of our next generations. The people rebelled and their praise was bound and they no longer experience the freedom and blessing that their praise brought them. Disobedience was the cause for its distruction.

  22. 8 Jerusalem hath grievously sinned; therefore she is removed: all that honoured her despise her, because they have seen her nakedness: yea, she sigheth, and turneth backward.

    16 For these things I weep; mine eye, mine eye runneth down with water, because the comforter that should relieve my soul is far from me: my children are desolate, because the enemy prevailed.

    Jerusalem failed to take dominion over sin so it took dominion over them.

  23. The chapter spoke to me about losing your place, your stand or your foundation. We have to be planted in God’s word and will for our lives; otherwise, we will end up losing our footing.

  24. 8 Jerusalem hath grievously sinned; therefore she is removed: all that honoured her despise her, because they have seen her nakedness: yea, she sigheth, and turneth backward.

    In the church, when a leader falls into temptation and back slides, even the guests can tell when they show up.

    I have fallen before, most of the times by self induced stumbeling blocks. I have watched as a made my way back to the alter to repent, and as I started the long climb back to try to get back up to where I had previously been. Everyone sees. Some use that oppertunity to take advantage, and others continue to watch, glad that it is not them that has fallen to temptation, but still unwilling yto sacrifice their will, to help you get back up, so that you can get d be a part of what He is doing.

    We must stand strong, and when we see our brother or sister hurting, encourage them, that they dont continue to fall backwads….

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