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The Book of Lamentations Chapter 3 and 4

The Book of Lamentations Chapter 3 and 4

I.       Lamentations Chapter 3 Outline:

1.        The prophet proclaim sadly of the bitterness of God’s anger (3:1-20)

 a.      The rod of His wrath attacked me and made me encountered afflictions. (3:1-4)

 b.      He has besieged me and surrounded me with bitterness and woe. (3:5-7)

 c.      Even when I cry and shout, He shuts out my prayer. (3:8-9)

 d.      Torn me up as a bear or lion would, and His arrow pierced my loin. (3:10-14)

 e.      He has filled me with bitterness, and covered me with ashes. (3:15-17)

 f.       My strength and my hope have perished from the Lord. (3:18-20)

2.        God’s mercy gave hope (3:21-39)

 a.      Because God’s mercy and compassions fail not. (3:21-24)

 b.      God is good to those who wait and hope for Him. (3:25-30)

 c.      The Lord will not cast off forever, He will not cause affliction and grieve. (3:31-33)

 d.      The Lord does not approve of those who turn aside justice. (3:34-36)

 e.      Why should a living man complain, a man for the punishment of his sins? (3:37-39)

3.        Repent and return to God (3:40-47)

 a.      Search out and exam our ways, and turn back to the Lord sincerely. (3:40-41)

 b.      Our transgression you have not pardoned, and the prayer should not pass through. (3:42-44)

 c.      You have made us an offscouring in the midst of the peoples.  All our enemies have opened their mouths against us. (3:45-47)

4.        The sorrow and pain of the punishment of sin (3:48-54)

 a.      My eyes overflow with rivers of water for the destruction of the daughter of my people. (3:48-51)

 b.      My enemies without cause hunted me down. (3:52-53)

 c.      The waters flowed over my head; I said, "I am cut off!” (3:54)

5.        Cry for the Lord’s help and carry out revenge (3:55-66)

 a.      Cry for your salvation, and judge my case. (3:55-59)

 b.      See their vengeance and schemes against me. (3:60)

 c.      Hear their reproach against me. (3:61-63)

 d.      Repay them according to the work of their hand, and may your curse be upon them. (3:64-66)

II.    Lamentations Chapter 4 Outline:

1.        The glory of Jerusalem in the past, and the current situation (4:1-10)

 a.      The gold has become dim, and the precious sons of Zion are regarded as clay pots. (4:1-2)

 b.      The daughter is cruel; the young children ask for bread, but no one breaks it for them. (4:3-4)

 c.      Those who ate delicacies are desolate in the streets and embrace ash heaps. (4:5-6)

 d.      Her Nazarites were brighter than snow, now their appearance is blacker than soot. (4:7-8)

 e.      Those slain by the sword are better off than those who die of hunger. (4:9)

 f.       The hands of the compassionate women have cooked their own children. (4:10)

2.        The prophet and the priest should be responsible for the sin (4:11-16)

 a.      The LORD has poured out His fierce anger. He kindled a fire in Zion, and it has devoured its foundations. ()

 b.      The enemy entered the gates of Jerusalem. (4:12)

 c.      Because of the sins of her prophets and the iniquities of her priests, Who shed in her midst The blood of the just. (4:13-15)

 d.      The Lord scattered them and no longer regards them. (4:16)

3.        The failure of relying on man’s help (4:17-20)

 a.      In our watching, we watched for a nation that could not save us. ()

 b.      Our pursuers were swifter than the eagles of the heavens. (4:18-19)

 c.      The anointed of the Lord was caught. (4:20)

4.        The punishment of Edom (4:21-22)

 a.      The punishment of Zion’s iniquity is accomplished and will no longer be send into captivity. ()

 b.      Edom will be punished because of its iniquity. (4:22)