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Lamentations-Detailed Outline
A. The Suffering, Ruined City of Zion
Lamentations 1:1-1:11 the Wretched Condition of a Devastated Jerusalem
Lamentations 1:1-6 A description of the sorry plight of the city is given, which is virtually deserted.
Lamentations 1:7-11 The reason for such distress.Jerusalem has sinned greatly and has become unclean. The enemy has taken all its treasure while the people scrounge for bread.
Lamentations 1:12-1:22 The Lament of the Daughter of Jerusalem
Lamentations 1:12-17 The city laments itself, weeps and hopes to move God to pity. She stretches out her hand, but there is no one to comfort her.
Lamentations 1:18-22 The city confesses its rebellion. "The Lord is righteous, yet I rebelled against his command".
B. The Suffering, Ruined Holy Place of Zion
Lamentations 2:1-10 God's Judgments on the Ramparts and on His Sanctuary
The Lord has cast off his people. God has withdrawn his right hand; he has not remembered his footstool.
Lamentations 2:11-19 Lament of the Eyewitness of This Judgment
Description of the agony of the people. From young to old, they sit in mourning; in silence
Heads are bowed to the ground. The enemy has scoffed at them.the "Lord has done what he planned".
Lamentations 2:20-2:22 Terrors of This Day of God's Anger
A call to prayer. Despair drives people to God. A desperate account of unspeakable woe is seen.
C. The Suffering Representative of a Smitten Zion
Lamentations 3:1-3:18 the Sorrows God Sent His Servant
His personal suffering. There are strong expressions of abandonment and separation from the Lord. Every possible affliction is recounted in graphic detail.
Lamentations 3:19-3:42 The Servant's Prayer of Reassurance
And yet.. There is reason to hope. "Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed". "His compassion will not fail; his mercies are new every morning". This is not intended to deny the sufferings, but they are transformed by turning to God. Because God is omnipotent, one has no choice but to turn to Him.
Lamentations 3:43-3:66 The Servant's Prayer for Vindication
Lamentations 3:43-51 A call for repentance
Lamentations 3:43-47 People must examine their ways. They have been so bad that "no prayer can get through".
Lamentations 3:48-51 Tears are added to the prayer "until the Lord will look down and see".
Lamentations 3:52-57 Hope can grow. Image of a hunted bird. He thought he would be cut off, but then "you heard my plea". "You came near when I called you, and you said, 'Do not fear'".
Lamentations 3:58-66 A call for vengeance. Memory of God's help in the past brings confidence of help in the future. "Pay them back what they deserve".
D. The Suffering People of Zion
Lamentations 4:1-22 - The City - Past and Present
Lamentations 4:1-11 Horrors of the Siege, and the Fate of Zion's Nobility
Hunger drove the people to inhuman acts. Death was preferable to life.
Lamentations 4:12-4:20 Causes and Climax of Zion's Catastrophe
Lamentations 4:12-16 The sins of the priests and the prophets. The fundamental concepts of priestly cleanness have been violated. "The priests are shown no honor; the elders no favor".
Lamentations 4:17-20 They had hoped in allies, but it was in vain. They watched "for a nation that could not save".
Lamentations 4:21-22 A Prophecy Against Haughty and Gloating Edom
Hope is gone; reality remains. To their enemies: rejoice now, but your judgment awaits. To themselves: their punishment is complete and will soon end.
E. Supplications of Penitent Zion
Lamentations 5:1-22 - An Appeal to the Lord
Lamentations 5:1-18 Zion's Plea to God to regard her Affliction and Disgrace
Calling on the Lord to act. "Remember, O Lord.and see our disgrace". They have become like the orphans and widows who have no protector. Grim descriptions of brutality.
Lamentations 5:19-22 A Final Address to God
Acknowledgement of the Lord's power. Plea to not forget and forsake his people. "Restore us.that we may return". "Unless you.are angry beyond measure.

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