Lamentations Chapter 2

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Lamentations 2

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Lord hath purposed to destroy the wall of the daughter of Zion: he hath stretched out a line, he hath not withdrawn his hand from destroying: therefore he made the rampart and the wall to lament; they languished together.

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.

23 thoughts on “Lamentations Chapter 2

  1. 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.

    “Do you see what I see?”

    Jeremiah saw pain and destruction coming, but the People would not heed his warnings. If they had only caught the vision of the prophet and kept God’s law, there wouldn’t be such misery and lamenting! They could have repented, but now it is too late and they can find no vision from the Lord.

    Proverbs 29:18 KJV
    Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.

    Thank you, Bro Ward for a great message; I pray we all catch the vision and Impact our Future Together!

  2. 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.

    WHEN GOD GET’S ANGRY

    Remember Heaven is his throne and earth is his footstool. Verse one says, He cast down from heaven the beauty of Israel to the earth and did not remember his footstool, when he got angry.
    God’s anger is not easily provoked, but when he get’s angry, he does not care who is in his way. We can not do enough good to override our rebellion.
    God’s anger also had no pity, which would mean grace. The word teaches us God is angry everyday with the wicked. There is always some mercy and grace mixed with God’s anger, then there is the time when God no longer has mercy mixed with his anger and his people pay for their sins.
    I pray everyday for mercy and grace from God. Please let me see myself and not let myself get to the place that God is angry with me.
    When god get’s angry someone will pay!!!

  3. Time for Repentance
    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.

    It is time for Repentance, come on, break your pride and cry unto God. Zion has hit the lowest spot on their lives, they are laying in the gutters, yes, the apple of His eyes is laying in the gutters because of their sins. Because they did not listen to the visions of the true prophet Jeremiah; instead they chose to listen to the false prophets with their sweet tongues. A vision without a mission is just a dream. Be careful who you let speak unto your life and never lose the vision of the true man of God. Unite unto him and his vision, support, encourage, pray, and labor beside him until you see it come through.
    THANK YOU JESUS FOR A PASTOR THAT HAS ALWAYS HAD A CLEAR VISION WITH A MISSION.

  4. WHO ARE YOU LISTENING TO?

    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.

    The fruit of rebellion is acceptance. People that are disobedient and rebellious seek out their own “prophets” that will speak words to them that affirm their disobedient, rebellious actions. The process of asking enough people until you find someone that will agree with you and then call the will of GOD because if any 2 agree on anything it shall be done.

    This is misapplication of scripture. The real question is “What does YOUR man of GOD say?”

    Israel listened to the wrong voice and now they are embarrassed, humiliated, distressed, defeated, mocked. laughed at and desolate. Consider what they could have been if only they would have REPENTED.

    ***Just because someone tells you what you want to hear does not make them a PROPHET.

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  5. Unfailing Word

    Lamentations 2:17
    But it is the L ord who did just as he planned.
    He has fulfilled the promises of disaster
    he made long ago.
    He has destroyed Jerusalem without mercy.
    He has caused her enemies to gloat over her
    and has given them power over her.

    Isaiah 55:10-11
    For as the rain cometh down,
    and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither,
    but watereth the earth,
    and maketh it bring forth and bud,
    that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:
    So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth:
    it shall not return unto me void,
    but it shall accomplish that which I please,
    and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

    If God says it then nothing can stop it from happening. The same creative power-voice that boomed into the vast nothingness “let there be light” is the same voice that declares “ask, and ye shall receive, seek and ye shall find, knock, and it shall be opened unto you.”

    Today we give knowing what words God has spoken through the dynamic leadership of the Pentecostals of Fort Worth.

    We can be confident that God will not leave us or forsake us, but will be with us even until the end of the earth.

    Philippians 1:6
    Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

    The promises of God are yea, and amen! We can give confidently knowing “I have never seen the righteous forsaken or his seed begging bread!”

  6. 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.

    When leaders fail to listen to God.

    When you have a king who would not listen. Prophets who lost the vision of God. Elders who stopped following God. The young men and ladies all were hurt due to the lack of God. Just as Israel had to walk in the wilderness for 40 years due to leaders saying they could not take the land. We must pray for our leaders in this time of the pofw. New land equals new battles. But new land also equals new fruit and new souls, and new blessings. Keep the leadership in your prayers.

  7. When we are falling our leadership are ones that help! Leadership is stronger than most can see and go through much more than what we can see! Because of this we should pray for our leadership daily. With new journeys comes new battles and with that comes more prayer!!

  8. V 14

    Beware the feel good message.

    God is not a means to our happiness. We are a means to the ultimate day of Glory. We only take part in that by his Spirit and obedience to his word.

    Today we are flooded with a perverted message of grace that plagues my generation. Grace is not a get out of hell free pass. It is not a reason sin. Grace is God giving us a chance to be obedient even though he isn’t obligated. Nor do we deserve this gift.

    This passage holds true and has principles to apply in today’s worlld. Life will be from for the false prophets who proclaim fundamentalism grace and for those who blindly follow.

  9. 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.

    It is always time to repent. Had the people repented a long time ago they would not be desolate now. Stubbornness for doing things their way & refusal to hear the word of the Lord brought them their demise. Faith & obedience could have delivered them. This lesson must be lesrned by us all so history is not repeated.

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    4 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.

    Jeremiah could have said ” I told you so”, but his heart was in too much pain to gloat. To see the destruction of God’s people and God’s temple must have been quite overwhelming to Jeremiah.

  11. 14 The visions of your prophets
    were false and worthless;
    they did not expose your sin
    to ward off your captivity.
    The prophecies they gave you
    were false and misleading. NIV

    Be careful who you let speak into your life. Make sure you are listening to the right man of God. I’m so thankful for Pastor Watts and his wisdom and for guiding me and my family. If someone tells you ‘God said” have them prove it with the word. Gotta be careful what you let into your heart.

  12. 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.

    I thank the Lord for a man of God that will tell me where I’m wrong and failing God that I may turn away from a wrong path (sin) and make things right them.

  13. All thine enemies have opened their mouth

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    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 foun All thine enemies have opened their mouth

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    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.
    all their enemies were against them to the point where they look like they would be swallowed up… it reminds me of how the devil comes and goes to ch but nothing to not stop what God is doing truth!

  14. Warning after warning no one would listen. Now very one is paying for the oversight and the disobedience. Disobedience is like a bomb, when it goes off you never know who it’s going to take with it.

    – Jessie and Nicole

  15. God’s wrath isn’t anything you would want to experience. Thank God for the blood of Jesus….he still washes us today.

    “Be blessed”…………..

  16. 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?

    This is an example of the stigma of a once blessed people that chose to walk in their own ways and not follow the Lord, and now they are cast down, and destroyed, God’s wrath is being poured out upon them. They are being made fun of and mocked.

    When a person choose to be disobedient, caught up in pride and selfishness, they will encounter the same results from those that have watched their life and they have been an example to.

    Woe to us who lead people astray with our actions and attitudes.

  17. 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.

  18. Beauty

    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!

    Too often we are too blinded by earthly standards of beauty that we don’t see true beauty is heavenly.

    Psalms 29:2
    Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.

    Psalms 48:1-2
    1 Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness. 2 Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King.

    Ephesians 2:4-6
    4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, 5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) 6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:

    True beauty is about how we are situated: holy, separated unto God.

    Romans 12:1-2
    1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

    We must resist the world’s thinking about beauty—which calls for carnal perfection and defines our worth by our conformity to that image—and instead see it God’s way and show forth the beauty of holiness unto Him. Our worth is defined by His love, not this world. What a tragic thing it is to see the picture of idols of this world, outwardly beautiful yet so far from God. We are altogether ugly when all we have is earthly beauty but reject the love of Jesus, the One who is altogether lovely.

    Matthew 23:27-28
    27 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness. 28 Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.

  19. Some people pick up the Bible and just start reading from anywhere. If I did not read Jeremiah and see that time and time and time and time again God warned His people through the prophet to come out of sin, I would think why is God so mean? Why would He become the enemy to His own people?

    This also holds true today. Pastor, leaders, and parents sometimes have to play hardball out of love and a desire to see people make Heaven their home but bystanders and spectators that do not know what’s happening behind closed doors get critical not knowing that person was warned 100 times before.

    We must be very prayerful and careful when choosing sides because it’s easy to encourage satans plan when you don’t know the whole story.

  20. Uproot

    This isn’t the 1st time God has taken His presence away from His people. Once His covering has left, the people are subject to physical and spiritual destruction… every time.

    The 1st uproot took place in Shiloh, Jeremiah 7:12 “12”But go now to My place which was in Shiloh, where I made My name dwell at the first, and see what I did to it because of the wickedness of My people Israel.”

    2nd with 400 years of silence, which took place after the close of Malachi in the OT, where Israel goes back again in the land of Palestine after the Babylonian captivity, but they are under the domination of the great world power of that day, Persia and the Medio-Persian empire. In Jerusalem, the temple had been restored, although it was a much smaller building than the one that Solomon had built and decorated in such marvelous glory.

    3rd is yet to come where Jesus will come back for uproot, call/gather up aka rapture His people. Matt 24: “30And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.” The final judgment day of the Lord will determine if we will live in everlasting silence and destruction in His absence, or have everlasting life.

  21. A Measuring Line

    A measuring line is a cord of a specific length used for calculating the exact dimensions neccessary for building. In vs8 the “measuring line” is a metaphor for God’s exacting criteria used in implementing punishment on Jerusalem for disobeying Him. The Israelites sin against God then return to Him many times throughout Scripture. Eventually, however, they remain unrepentant, and God’s justice cannot allow their sin and rebellion to go unpunished. God is consistent about His “measuring line” of righteousness and justice. He gives the Israelites specific rules that protect them and help them know how to live. To live for Him. When they follow these guidelines, their relationship with God flourishes. But when they ignore His loving boundaries, they pay the consequences of His “stretched out.. measuring line.”

    This chapter marks the perimeter God’s going to destroy, but there are 2 ways God uses his measuring line. One to gauge judgment and another to establish, or measure the spledor of redemption. It gives God glory when we measure our growth as a church- praising God for the souls He has entrusted us with. That is- as long as we don’t use it to glorify ourselves as David’s census did in 1 Chr 21. The measure of redemption is also mentioned repeatedly in Scripture. God wants to tear down the bad in us to build us up with His Spirit.

    Zech 2:4 “And said unto him, Run, speak to this young man, saying, Jerusalem shall be inhabited as towns without walls for the multitude of men and cattle therein: 5For I, saith the LORD, will be unto her a wall of fire round about, and will be the glory in the midst of her.”

    Isaiah 28:17 uses the words “measuring line” to unveil the costly cornerstone, Jesus that He was going to set in Zion, “..Then hail will sweep away the refuge of lies And the waters will overflow the secret place.” He is going to forgive sins and give the us the Holy Ghost.

    The New Jerusalem, mentioned in Rev 2, has already been measured. God’s children have been repeatedly reduced physically and spiritually, this means we too have room to grow in God’s measure. God always left a remnant behind after judgments. God will punish His children in the desire for them to grow and learn from their mistakes.

  22. This chapter reminds me to be alert as to whom I let speak into my life. So many will go from place to place (church to church) until they get or hear what they want. Proverbs 27:5 MSG says “A spoken reprimand is better than approval that’s never expressed.” If you truly want to get closer to God, get closer to the man of God that He has placed in your life.

  23. 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.

    Cry OUT!!!

    We have a blessing , because we have an advocate with the Father all the time. All we have to do is cry out and repent. When we truly repent He will hear our cry, no matter how bleek things look. We must cry out.
    We must cry out for the city around us, people are hurting and dieing in sin. We must cry out. People are wanting to know God as we do. We must cry out.

    CRY OUT!!!

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