The Lamentations of Jeremiah

Chapter 5

A pitiful complaint of Zion in prayer to God, 1-22.

Remember, O LORD, what has come upon us./
Consider and behold our reproach.

Our inheritance is turned to strangers,/
our houses to foreigners.

We are orphans and fatherless./
Our mothers are as widows.

We have drank our water for money./
Our wood is sold to us.

Our necks are under persecution./
We labor 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 no more,/
and we have borne their iniquities.

Servants have ruled over us./
There is no one who delivers us out of their hand.

We procured 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 virgins in the cities of Judah.

12 Princes were hanged by their hand./
The faces of elders were not honored.

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 music.

15 The joy of our heart has ceased./
Our dance is turned into mourning.

16 The crown has fallen from our head./
Woe to 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 You, O LORD, remain forever./
Your throne is from generation to generation.

20 Why do you forget us forever/
and forsake us for such a long time?

21 Turn us to you, O LORD, and we shall be turned./
Renew our days as of old.

22 But you have utterly rejected us./
You are very angry against us.


Matthew Henry Commentary - Lamentations, Chapter 5[➚]


John Gill's Chapter Summary:

In this chapter are reckoned up the various calamities and distresses of the Jews in Babylon, which the Lord is desired to remember and consider (Lamentations 5:1-16); their great concern for the desolation of the temple in particular is expressed (Lamentations 5:17-18); and the chapter is concluded with a prayer that God would show favor to them, turn them to him, and renew their prosperity as of old, though he had rejected them and been angry with them (Lamentations 5:19-22).