Wednesday, August 28: Lamentations 1 – 2
Thursday, August 29: Lamentations 3 – 5
We shift from Jeremiah to Lamentations, a short five chapter book of the Old Testament. While I say we shift from Jeremiah to Lamentations, that might not be the case. Even though Lamentations has no known author, many believe these may be the writings of Jeremiah. Either way, these five poems are five laments for the hardship that Jerusalem and the people of God face as the city is destroyed and the people are lead of to Exile.
Before I leave you to your readings, one interesting tidbit that is lost in our own translation is that each of these 22 verses. One for each letter of the Hebrew alphabet. I looked through a variety of translations to find an English equivalent, and couldn’t find one to share or recommend. However, keep that in mind as you read, the Poet who crafted these, did so with care and precision to retell their story in a methodical way to respect their tradition and the language of the people.
Lastly before we go, let’s check in with thebibleproject.com to hear their explaination of Lamentations. Then I’ll get back to you as we move into Ezekiel.
Readings for the next few days:
Friday, August 30: Ezekiel 1 – 4
Saturday, August 31: Ezekiel 5 – 8
Sunday, September 1: Ezekiel 9 -12
Monday, September 2: Ezekiel 13 – 15