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The Return To Lament In Lamentations 3

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Lamentations 3 is a passage akin to the psalms of lament which contain a tension between lament and praise. Like these psalms, the passage moves from despair to hope and returns to the element of lament. This chapter examines the overall structure and flow of the poem. The structural analysis is more extended because of the rather complex nature of the construction of Lamentations 3. The chapter focuses on the interaction between lament and praise in the detailed analysis of the text. What makes Lamentations 3 different from the Psalms is how the overall accent falls on lament not only in the third chapter but throughout the whole book. The movement from hope to lament is not confined to Lamentations 3. Close to the movement in Lamentations 3 we have in 4:22 a verse which expresses full assurance that Jerusalem?s punishment is over.

Keywords: Jerusalem; lament; Lamentations 3; praise; Psalms



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