The Lamentations of Jeremiah

Chapter 5

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

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

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

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

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

5 Our necks are under persecution. We labor and have no rest.

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

7 Our fathers have sinned and are no more, and we have borne their iniquities.

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

9 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 maids 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).