Lamentations is a collection of five poems lamenting the destruction of Jerusalem in 586 bc, and its aftermath of ruin and exile. In spite of the mournful nature of most of the book, there is also the note of trust in God and hope for the future. These poems are used by the Jews in worship on the annual days of fasting and mourning which commemorate the national disaster of 586 bc.
Outline of Contents
The sorrows of Jerusalem 1.1–22
The punishment of Jerusalem 2.1–22
Punishment and hope 3.1–66
Jerusalem in ruins 4.1–22
A prayer for mercy 5.1–22