L A M E N T A T I O N S.
This chapter, though it has the same number of
verses with the 1st, 2nd, and 4th, is not alphabetical, as they
were, but the scope of it is the same with that of all the
foregoing elegies. We have in it, I. A representation of the
present calamitous state of God's people in their captivity,
ver. 1-16. II. A
protestation of their concern for God's sanctuary, as that which
lay nearer their heart than any secular interest of their own,
ver. 17, 18. III. A
humble supplication to God and expostulation with him, for the
returns of mercy (ver.
19-22); for those that lament and do not pray sin in
their lamentations. Some ancient versions call this chapter, "The
Prayer of Jeremiah."