is a collection of 5 poems that mourn the fall of Jerusalem
in 587 BC. The poems lament the desolation
of the city, express anger at the horrors of the siege, and question
whether God has forgotten his people. In the middle of the book,
however, the poet confesses that God's steadfast love never ceases
(3:22-24). Most of the poems have 22 lines, one for each letter
of the Hebrew alphabet. The first line begins with "a,"
the second line with "b," etc. Chapter 3 has 66 lines,
three for each letter of the alphabet.
1:1-3 - Sorrow
3:22-24 - Hope
Lamentations mourns the destruction