The Weeping Prophet

The book of Lamentations is a follow-up to the book of Jeremiah, documenting Jeremiah’s cries after Judah has been taken captive to Babylon.  In the Greek Septuagint (250 B.C.), the book is preceded by these words – “And it came to pass after Israel was led into captivity that Jeremiah sat weeping and lamenting and lamented this lamentation over Jerusalem.”

Just picture the weeping prophet, and the pain he must have felt as he wrote these words:

“My sins have been bound into a yoke; by his hands they were woven together.  They have come upon my neck and the Lord has sapped my strength.  He has handed me over to those I cannot withstand.” Lamentations 1:14

Can we at all relate to this hopeless feeling?  It is the crushing defeat of sin, when there is no hope yet for a cure.


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