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Matthew Henry's Commentary

Lamentations Chapter 5

he Jewish nation supplicating the Divine favour.

Verses 1-16: Is any afflicted? Let him pray; and let him in prayer pour out his complaint to God. The people of God do so here; they complain not of evils feared, but of evils felt. If penitent and patient under what we suffer for the sins of our fathers, we may expect that He who punishes, will return in mercy to us. They acknowledge, Woe unto us that we have sinned! All our woes are owing to our own sin and folly. Though our sins and God's just displeasure cause our sufferings, we may hope in his pardoning mercy, his sanctifying grace, and his kind providence. But the sins of a man's whole life will be punished with vengeance at last, unless he obtains an interest in Him who bare our sins in his own body on the tree.

Verses 17-22: The people of God express deep concern for the ruins of the temple, more than for any other of their calamities. But whatever changes there are on earth, God is still the same, and remains for ever wise and holy, just and good; with Him there is no variableness nor shadow of turning. They earnestly pray to God for mercy and grace; Turn us to thee, O Lord. God never leaves any till they first leave him; if he turns them to him in a way of duty, no doubt he will quickly return to them in a way of mercy. If God by his grace renew our hearts, he will by his favour renew our days. Troubles may cause our hearts to be faint, and our eyes to be dim, but the way to the mercy-seat of our reconciled God is open. Let us, in all our trials, put our whole trust and confidence in his mercy; let us confess our sins, and pour out our hearts before him. Let us watch against repinings and despondency; for we surely know, that it shall be well in the end with all that trust in, fear, love, and serve the Lord. Are not the Lord's judgments in the earth the same as in Jeremiah's days? Let Zion then be remembered by us in our prayers, and her welfare be sought above every earthly joy. Spare, Lord, spare thy people, and give not thine heritage to reproach, for the heathen to rule over them.

 


David Burnette's Life Application


Prayer can Move Mountains

 

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue in the Book of Lamentations Chapter 5. In our text today we see Jeremiah pleads for restoration for God's people through prayer. In making application we see the power of prayer as God did answer Jeremiah's prayer even when no one would listen to him. Today many of us face huge obstacles in our life that seem impossible but we can pray. Prayer can move the mountains in your life. How about you? Do you Pray? Let us learn from our text today and the example of Jeremiah to remember that Prayer can do the impossible towards the obstacles we face that are beyond our control. 

 

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Lamentations 5

Lamentations 5

 1Remember, O LORD, what is come upon us: consider, and behold our reproach.

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

 3We are orphans and fatherless, our mothers are as widows.

 4We have drunken our water for money; our wood is sold unto us.

 5Our necks are under persecution: we labour, and have no rest.

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

 7Our fathers have sinned, and are not; and we have borne their iniquities.

 8Servants have ruled over us: there is none that doth deliver us out of their hand.

 9We gat our bread with the peril of our lives because of the sword of the wilderness.

 10Our skin was black like an oven because of the terrible famine.

 11They ravished the women in Zion, and the maids in the cities of Judah.

 12Princes are hanged up by their hand: the faces of elders were not honoured.

 13They took the young men to grind, and the children fell under the wood.

 14The elders have ceased from the gate, the young men from their musick.

 15The joy of our heart is ceased; our dance is turned into mourning.

 16The crown is fallen from our head: woe unto us, that we have sinned!

 17For this our heart is faint; for these things our eyes are dim.

 18Because of the mountain of Zion, which is desolate, the foxes walk upon it.

 19Thou, O LORD, remainest for ever; thy throne from generation to generation.

 20Wherefore dost thou forget us for ever, and forsake us so long time?

 21Turn thou us unto thee, O LORD, and we shall be turned; renew our days as of old.

 22But thou hast utterly rejected us; thou art very wroth against us.