Questions about the Book of Lamentations

Lamentations is the twenty-fifth book of the bible. Lamentations in the Hebrew Bible is in a poetic form, and each of the first four chapters is an acrostic, the first verse beginning with the first letter of the alphabet, the second with the second letter, and so on. Jeremiah’s burden of sympathy for Jerusalem discloses the love and sorrow of the Lord for the very people whom he is chastening, a burden similar to that which the Lord Jesus Christ expressed in His lament over Jerusalem. The book of Lamentations can be divided by its chapters, each of which contains a different Lamentation. The author of this book is Jeremiah. Listed below are questions on the book of Lamentations. These questions can be used for Sunday school or bible study to help all young converts study the scriptures and may God bless you always.

Lamentations Chapter 1

1) How did the writer describe the city in verses one and two of this book? (Lamentations 1:1-2)

2) What happened to Judah in verse three? (Lamentations 1:3)

3) What did the empty roads to Zion depict in these verses of this book? (Lamentations 1:4-6)

4) What did Jerusalem recall in verse seven of this book? (Lamentations 1:7)

5) How had the city become ruined in these verses? (Lamentations 1:8-11)

6) Who punished Jerusalem in verse twelve of this book? (Lamentations 1:12)

7) How had the daughter of Judah suffered in these verses of this book? (Lamentations 1:13-16)

8) Why were Zion’s pleas for help ignored in these verses of this book? (Lamentations 1:17-19)

9) What price did Zion pay for her rebellion in these verses? (Lamentations 1:18-19)

10) How did devastated Jerusalem describe her condition in these verses of this book? (Lamentations 1:20-22)

11) What was Zion’s prayer for her enemies in these verses? (Lamentations 1:21-22)

Lamentations Chapter 2

1) What did the Lord do to the Daughter of Zion in these two verses? (Lamentations 2:1-2)

2) What happened to Judah’s strength and power in verse three of this book? (Lamentations 2:3)

3) What had the Lord become like to the Israelites in these verses of this book? (Lamentations 2:4-5)

4) What did the Lord allow to happen, in his anger, according to these verses? (Lamentations 2:6-7)

5) What became of the city, according to verses eight and nine of this book? (Lamentations 2:8-9)

6) How did the destruction of the city affect the elders and young women in verse ten? (Lamentations 2:10)

7) How did the author respond to the harrowing scenes of destruction in verse eleven? (Lamentations 2:11)

8) What happened to the children because of the consequences of war in these verses? (Lamentations 2:11-12)

9) How deep was the trouble that had overtaken God’s people, according to verse thirteen? (Lamentations 2:13)

10) How had the false prophets misled the people in verse fourteen? (Lamentations 2:14)

11) How did Israel’s enemies respond to her ruin in these verses of this book? (Lamentations 2:15-16)

12) What was the fearless message of the true prophets in verse seventeen? (Lamentations 2:17)

13) What was the suffering city told to do in these verses of this book? (Lamentations 2:18-22)

Lamentations Chapter 3

1) How did the writer identify with the sufferings of the people of Judah in these verses? (Lamentations 3:1-18)

2) Who were the sufferings of the people directly attributed to, according to these verses? (Lamentations 3:1-18)

3) What did the poet recall, according to these verses of this book? (Lamentations 3:19-21)

4) In the middle of lamenting the siege and destruction of Jerusalem, what profound assurance did the writer express in these verses? (Lamentations 3:22-24)

5) What virtues were affirmed by the author in these verses of this book? (Lamentations 3:25-27)

6) How was God’s mercy revealed in suffering, according to these verses? (Lamentations 3:28-33)

7) What was intolerable to the Lord in these three verses of this book? (Lamentations 3:34-36)

8) How did the writer describe the nature of God’s knowledge in these verses? (Lamentations 3:37-38)

9) What did the writer say about sin and suffering in verse thirty-nine? (Lamentations 3:39)

10) What did the poet urge them to do about, in identifying with God’s people in these verses? (Lamentations 3:40-42)

11) How did the writer describe the sorrows of sin in these verses? (Lamentations 3:43-54)

12) What was the prayer of the penitent sinner, according to these verses? (Lamentations 3:55-66)

13) How did the prayer include both comfort and cursing in these verses of this book? (Lamentations 3:55-66)

Lamentations Chapter 4

1) What was scattered throughout the streets in verse one of this book? (Lamentations 4:1)

2) What contrasts did the writer make between Jerusalem in her glory and Jerusalem in her shame in these verses? (Lamentations 4:1-12)

3) How did the children fare in the siege of Jerusalem in these verses? (Lamentations 4:2-4)

4) What happened to the wealthy in verse five of this book? (Lamentations 4:5)

5) How did Zion’s punishment compare with that of Sodom, according to verse six? (Lamentations 4:6)

6) How were the arrogant and self-confident people brought down in these verses of this book? (Lamentations 4:7-12)

7) What were the reasons for the siege, according to these verses? (Lamentations 4:13-20)

8) How were the prophets and priests punished in these verses of this book? (Lamentations 4:14-16)

9) Why were the people disappointed in their ally in verse seventeen? (Lamentations 4:17)

10) What was Judah powerless to avert in these verses of this book? (Lamentations 4:18-20)

11) What did the future hold for Edom in verse twenty-one of this book? (Lamentations 4:21)

12) What was Zion’s hope, according to verse twenty-two of this book? (Lamentations 4:22)

Lamentations Chapter 5

1) What did the people ask the Lord to do in verse one of this book? (Lamentations 5:1)

2) What was the predicament of God’s people in these verses of this book? (Lamentations 5:2-18)

3) What were the Jews compelled to do in these verses? (Lamentations 5:4-6)

4) What consequences were other generations forced to bear, according to these verses? (Lamentations 5:7-10)

5) How did the poet describe the shamefulness of sin in these verses? (Lamentations 5:11-18)

6) What was the attitude of God’s people in verse fifteen of this book? (Lamentations 5:15)

7) Why did the Jews face such awful retribution in verse sixteen? (Lamentations 5:16)

8) What had become of the Davidic dynasty, according to these verses? (Lamentations 5:17-18)

9) How did the writer describe God’s throne in verse nineteen of this book? (Lamentations 5:19)

10) What were the longings of God’s people in these verses of this book? (Lamentations 5:20-22)

Note: I pray that these questions have helped your study and understanding of Gods’ word in the Bible. Please feel free to pass them on to other people if they have helped you.

Your, Brother in Christ

Frank Rose