Lamentations Chapter 5

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Lamentations 5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

31 thoughts on “Lamentations Chapter 5

  1. In this scripture, it is apparently evident they’re in a current state of correction by the Lord. They felt rejected, and that God was roth with them. We have all have had the feeling of rejection. But, be greatful for grace & mercy with the New Covenant with better promises.

    “Be blessed”……………

  2. iLove to eat the Word

    “True Intercession”

    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.

    This is a picture of true intercession. Jeremiah actually puts himself into the place of the people. Jeremiah had warned the people that judgement was coming, he could have said, “You guys need to repent…” Instead, he says “We have sinned.”

    It is true intersession when we put ourselves into the place of the offender and truly pray.

  3. The joy of our heart is ceased; our dance is turned into mourning. The crown is fallen from our head: woe unto us, that we have sinned! Turn thou us unto thee, O Lord, and we shall be turned; renew our days as of old. (Lamentations 5:15, 16, 21 KJV)
    Repentance of the heart can only bring you back to a loving God! God searches the heart of man, he knows if your repentance is sincere. It’s only by His mercy that will Restore, and turn your mourning into dancing. Thank you Jesus for the blood that washes white as snow.

  4. 8 Servants have ruled over us: there is none that doth deliver us out of their hand.

    Their pride has been humbled since what they had control over is now in control. Be careful – that which you think you can control may soon control you!

  5. The Throne

    Lamentations 5:19
    Thou, O Lord, remainest for ever;
    thy throne from generation to generation.

    The throne is the seat of the king. It is the seat of power, and authority. For those who come before the throne it will spell joy or sorrow.

    The king can pardon, or he can judge. He has within him the ability to extend his scepter and grant favor to the one approaching as in the story of Esther, or hold it to himself sentencing the subject to death.

    Our King is God, and God is love. Yet love is not only seen in compassion, but also in correction.

    I believe the point of Lamentations is found in this one verse: thy throne from generation to generation.

    In Genesis the King described his rule, and reign to Cain moments before Abel’s life was jolted away from him.

    Genesis 4:6-7
    And the Lord said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen? If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.

    When the people of God lived right their was prosperity, provision, and protection. When they do wrong there is poverty, captivity, and want.

    The King makes no exceptions, and cuts no corners for he rules the universe with consistency, holiness, and reigns in righteousness.

    Oh but what great power we possess when we please The King! He has granted us the ability to ask anything in his name and he will do it.

    We can pray and bind the enemy while loosing the Angelic! When we are subject to the King, and live to carry out his will and further his Kingdom the resources are limitless because he gets behind us!

    Psalms 47:5-9
    God is gone up with a shout,
    the Lord with the sound of a trumpet.
    Sing praises to God, sing praises:
    sing praises unto our King, sing praises.
    For God is the King of all the earth:
    sing ye praises with understanding.
    God reigneth over the heathen:
    God sitteth upon the throne of his holiness.
    The princes of the people are gathered together,
    even the people of the God of Abraham:for the shields of the earth belong unto God:he is greatly exalted.

  6. Jesus is the answer

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

    Only Jesus can turn things around. Jeremiah is praying with his whole heart, interceding for God’s people, and praying with a repented heart.
    There is one thing we know, one place we can always run to, One God JESUS is His Name.

    Psalm 30: 11 Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness;

    John 16:20 Verily, verily, I say unto you, That ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy.

    NOTHING HAS CHANGED HE STILL REIGNS

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

    Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.

  7. HALELUJAH!!! HALELUJAH!!! HALELUJAH!!!
    19 Thou, O Lord, remainest for ever; thy throne from generation to generation.

    MY GOD IS THE GREAT I AM, WHO WAS AND IS AND IS TO COME!!! JESUS!!! I LOVE YOU DADDY!!! THERE IS NO ONE LIKE YOU MY JESUS!!! FAITHFUL Y 3 VECES SANTO!!! HALELUJAH !!! THANK YOU DADDY!!!

  8. 19 Thou, O Lord, remainest for ever; thy throne from generation to generation.

    Even in the middle of such peril Jeremiah remembers who God is. There are seasons in our lives that just seem to completely swallow us up with no mercy but God still remains. He is my still strong tower! He is my beacon of light in the darkest of night. He walks beside me in my wilderness always there to show me the way out. Sometimes we loose sight of who he is be he always knows where we are at.

  9. 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?

    Why is it that too quickly we jump to the conclusion that the Lord has forgotten about us? We go through hard times and ask why Lord why are you puting me through this instead of asking, Lord, what are you trying to show me through these trials? We shouldn’t jump to the conclusion that God has forgotten us, even if we make him mad, he still loves us, he is still merciful. He created us and wants to see us prosper. God is good all the time and through trials where it seems like everything that could go wrong does and it feels like God isn’t there or doesn’t care, we must remember.. The teacher is always quiet during the test.

  10. The joy of our heart is ceased; our dance is turned into mourning. The crown is fallen from our head: woe unto us, that we have sinned! Turn thou us unto thee, O Lord, and we shall be turned; renew our days as of old. (Lamentations 5:15, 16, 21 KJV)
    – ‘ I LOVE YOU JESUS’

  11. 1 Remember, O Lord, what is come upon us: consider, and behold our reproach.

    Don’t let your past refine your future. Sometimes we pray not of fears feared but evils felt. You can’t live in the past sin and when you have gotten repentance over the sins it is under the blood, yes the sly ole fox will bring it up to you but don’t give in to temptation put the devil under your feet where he belongs. If Jesus went thru trails why do we think we are exempt from trails. We as humans when something goes wrong for us we think it shouldn’t happen to us I am a christian and why me?? Well it rains on the just and the unjust alike. Time to hold our heads up high and do what God has called us to do and walk the walk and talk the talk.

  12. THE PRICE OF JOY

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

    What a disheartening life it would be to wake up one day realize that the temporary pleasure of sin had cost you and your descendants the JOY of the LORD. Too often it is occurring today; people who once sang the praises of the LORD to the LORD and even danced before the LORD in exceeding JOY are now statues in cemetery synagogs, no life, no movement, no noise, no change, no real GOD excitement.

    WHY?

    The HOLY days are gone, holiness is no longer important and now JOY or the strength of the LORD is gone and there is no power to prevail in victory and no joy of prevailing victory.

    Nehemiah 8:10 Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the LORD is your strength.

    This principal is confirmed for the New Testament church.

    Romans 14:17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.

    Romans 15:13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.

    The Kingdom of GOD is an ETERNAL Celebration of VICTORY over sin and obviously if we are living in sin we cannot be partakers in the party.

    No HOLY GHOST, No JOY
    Know HOLY GHOST, Know JOY

    iRepent
    iPraise
    iPray
    iWork
    iGive
    iReap

  13. 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!

    The hindrance to praise is sin. When we find that we cannot lift our hands, we cannot praise His name, then we need to take inventory of our lives to see what has us bound. Repentance is the only cure. Saying you’re sorry won’t cut it, it’s a heart issue. We have to turn away from it. The cost of sin is not worth what we gain. We trade praise, joy, strength, peace, etc., for bondage and death hidden behind a guise of temporary fun. Don’t sell your valuables for death.

  14. 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.

    A cry of desperation is heard in this chapter from people that are bearing the burden of sin from ancestors. I am truly thankful for my Godly, truth filled inheritance. It is worth more to me than money, houses, lands and I must take care to not squander or misuse the truth I have been entrusted. Sometimes that is not always popular with mankind and family. But the legacy and inheritance spiritually I am passing on to my family is more important than the feelings and opinions of man. Eternity is forever. When I stand before the Lord, I must stand there with a pure heart knowing I did all I could do to protect the inheritance of truth I have been given. I don’t want the generations that follow after me, should the Lord tarry His coming to pay for the sins of disobedience of my life.

  15. 15 The joy of our heart is ceased; our dance is turned into mourning.
    21 Turn thou us unto thee, O Lord, and we shall be turned; renew our days as of old.

    A heartfelt prayer interceding for the people. As I read this prayer another came to mind…

    Psalm 51: 12 Restore to me the joy of Your salvation,
    And uphold me by Your generous Spirit.

    How quickly are we to forget where the Lord has brought us from… They were instructed to tell the people and their children of how the Lord brought them out of bondage. There’s something about remembering that salvation that creates great joy. That in itself should be a reason to celebrate and tell others everyday. I get to thinking. The chosen people of the Lord, look at them now. Where did they go wrong where did their hearts turned away from the Lord? The only thing I can think about is when they stopped celebrating that salvation, when they stopped talking about the Lord. Time and time again the Lord delivers us out of all our troubles. That is a great reason to have joy and tell someone about the Lord. The greatest salvation is salvation from eternal punishment; salvation from sin, and eternity with Him. Oh what joy should that create in our hearts! When we are filled with joy we just want to share and talk about it. Ask a new mom, or newly weds, or some one who just got their dream job, or a brand new car…you call all your friends and tell them, hey look at this !! :).
    Well what great salvation have we!!! What great things the Lord has done for me!! I have found the messiah, and He delivered me out of all my troubles!!! Let’s not forget to share the joy of His salvation

  16. 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!

    True repentance begins with a change in attitude, humility, and admittance of sinning…..

  17. 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.

    What does it feel like to be left from God? We can only imagine as to what this feels like. God is with us right now. But there is coming a day when God will turn his heart back to His children.

  18. 19 But Lord, you remain the same forever! Your throne continues from generation to generation.
    20 Why do you continue to forget us? Why have you abandoned us for so long?
    21 Restore us, O Lord, and bring us back to you again! Give us back the joys we once had!
    22 Or have you utterly rejected us? Are you angry with us still? (NLT)

    The Lord is the same yesterday, today, and forever and we must not forget that. We will go through times that we question God and wonder if He even cares anymore, but remember He stays the same. God isn’t the one moving away, we are. We shouldn’t just assume oh God why have you left me? Because more likely than not we are the ones who have began turning and walking away from Him – evaluate yourself and your life before blaming God.

  19. KJV
    VS.7, “Our fathers have sinned, and are not; we have borne their iniquities.”
    Vs. 20, “Wherefore dost thou forget us for ever, and forsake us so long time?”
    Vs.21, “Turn thou us unto thee, O LORD, and we shall be turned; renew our days as of old.”

    MSG
    VS.7, “Our parents sinned and are no more, and now we’re paying for the wrongs they did.”
    Vs.20, “So why do you keep forgetting us? Why dump us and leave us like this?”
    Vs.21, “Bring us back to you, God – we’re ready to come back. Give us a fresh start.”

    This made me think of Second Chances. The people realized their parents had sinned and now they were paying the price for those sins. They are pleading with God to give them another chance, a fresh start. We too have been in this same position and have needed another chance to start over. I’m glad God gives us a second chance.

    1 John 2:1-2 says, “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for our’s only, but also for the sins of the whole world.”

  20. Lamentations close on an uncertain note.It expresses the captives appeal to God restoration. Ther is a possibilty that God is so angry with his people sinning that he has rejected them. God did not utterly reject his O.T. people. in time he brought a remnant back to the jewish homeland. He pruned and did not purge. God always remains committed to his own.

  21. That last ray of sunshine.

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

    Repentance is the key. Here the affliction was so great, that it broke the stubbornness of rebellion. God calls. Here is a great example of how much we need God’s grace. His grace calls us to repentance, and it is his grace that gives us the ability to repent. Had God destroyed the people, they would have no time to repent. However, his grace allowed them to suffer affliction and bring them to a place of repentance.

  22. Gods grace and mercy is better than anything that people can give me, it is in Gods grace and mercy when i have everything that is needed. I thank God for giving 2nd and sometimes more chances because if He had not, i would still be wondering in mess and darkness. Thank you Jesus for showing your love by shedding your blood

  23. 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.

    The land given to them from their beginning-from Abraham, was given as a blessing. It was God’s promise to them. Now their blessings belong to their enemies & they are without even the basic needs of life. They’ve lost even their dignity. They must buy their own water to drink.

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

    Turning to God here goes both ways. IF God will turn to them & IF they turn back to God. True Repentance can work miracles.

  24. 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.

    Now you want to repent..

    Sermon after sermon, prohpet after prophet spoke the word of God to these people but they didnt want to listen. Now they are begging God to hear them and not to forsake them!! In verse 22 they finally come to the revelation that God has rejected them. Not by chance but because of their disobedience… Lord please help me to obey you I dont want you to ever reject me.

  25. Lord all trust goes to you in times of my storm. All praise goes to you when life is all it’s cracked up to be! God I can’t thank you enough or live long enough to give or show you the praise for everything you have done!!

  26. Hope

    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.

    1 John 3:20-21
    20 For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. 21 Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.

    1 Timothy 1:15-16
    15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. 16 Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.

    Job 14:7-9
    7 For there is hope of a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that the tender branch thereof will not cease. 8 Though the root thereof wax old in the earth, and the stock thereof die in the ground; 9 Yet through the scent of water it will bud, and bring forth boughs like a plant.

    Joel 2:23
    Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the Lord your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month.

    Failure and setbacks can be discouraging, but we must remember the example shown in Paul. He, chief of sinners, received mercy and it stands a testimony of hope to us. No matter how bad it looks, no matter how dry a situation, at the scent of rain… at the first scent of the Rain of God’s Spirit, at the first haze on the horizon, at the first sprinkling drops… Revival doesn’t have to take forever, the process begins with repentance.

    Our hearts may condemn us but God gives us revival, hope, to walk in renewed victory. Lamentations is a dark book, but there is hope in remembering that was not the end of Israel. God’s mercies are made new every morning, and Israel is not utterly consumed.

    Lamentations 3:21-26
    21 This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. 22 It is of the Lord ‘s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. 23 They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. 24 The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him. 25 The Lord is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him. 26 It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord.

  27. The crown has fallen from our head; woe to us, for we have sinned! For this our heart has become sick, for these things our eyes have grown dim, (Lamentations 5:16, 17 ESV)

  28. Verse 15 AMP says “Ceased is the joy of our hearts; our dancing has turned into mourning.” If this is where you find yourself, then consider where you are and how you got there. Now make that complete turn around (repent), be baptized in Jesus name and receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. In doing so, the Lord will turn your mourning into dancing and your sorrow into joy.

  29. Point of No Return?

    The last verses of Lamentations seem to suggest a hopeless scenario. The poet totters on the brink of despair as he begs God to respond to his cry: Have you utterly rejected us? Is your anger with us beyond redemption?

    However, the writer knows God, which is evident by his preceding plea: “Lord, restore us to experienced your presence anew” He believes God is in the buisness of giving second chances. Indeed, the Lord gives the Israelites many opportunities to change their rebellious ways and return to His protective care ( Jer 44:4-6). Is there a point of no return? As long as someone refuses God’s invitation of love, there is no hope for them. But the moment that person reaches out to the Almighty God in faith, hope comes alive. Once they stop focusing on dead worldly things, lay them down and repent, they are now open vessels for the Lord to fill with His Spirit. God proves repeatedly through Biblical Scripture that no matter how far His children get away from Him, that if they turn back to Him they can be saved by His grace. Today He offers all people of all nations this same hope through Jesus, and His Spirit. You need simply Return.

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