Verses 1-11 despite the covenant people in the guise of widow. The second half of the chapter is the lament by the desolate widow herself.
- What ingredients make up Jerusalem’s cup of sorrow e.g., loneliness, bereavement, reversal of fortune, etc.? Make a list of them.
How and why had Jerusalem come to such a pass? See especially verses 5, 8, 9, 12, 14, 17, 18, 20; cf. Heb. 10:29-31; Lev. 26:27-33.
- Do you find any note of resentment in this complaint? ‘The sense of tragedy is heightened by the recognition that it was avoidable’.
What is commendable in the attitude of this chapter? Note verse 18, and cf. 51:3,4; Dan. 9:6-8; Rom. 3:4-6.
- Verse 2. ‘Lover… friend’s: i.e., neighboring peoples with whom she had sought alliance. Cf. Jer. 30:14.
- Verse 6. ‘her princes…’:cf. Jer. 39:4, 5.