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"Jerusalem hath grievously sinned ... they have seen her nakedness: yea, she sigheth, and turneth backward. Her filthiness is in her skirts." -- Lamentations 1:8-9

Lamentations for Skeptics

"Out of the mouth of the Most High proceedeth not good and evil?" -- Lamentations 3:38

Well, I can find nothing good in Lamentations but there's plenty of evil.

For example:

  • Jerusalem is compared to a naked woman who sighs and turns backward. "Her filthiness is in her skirts." 1:8-9

  • The adversary puts his hand upon "all her pleasant things." 1:10

  • "The LORD hath trodden the virgin ... as in a winepress." 1:15

  • "Jerusalem is as a menstrous woman." (To God this is an insult.) 1:17

  • ""He hath bent his bow like an enemy ... and slew all that were pleasant to the eye ... he poured out his fury like fire." 2:4

  • God mercilessly kills everyone, young and old. He even causes women to eat their children. 2:20-22

  • He is like a bear or a lion who secretly pursues you and then tears you apart. 3:10-11

  • He shoots people with his bow and breaks their teeth with stones. 3:13-16

  • "Out of the mouth of the most High proceedeth not evil and good?"
    (Mostly evil, I'd say -- at least if you believe the Bible.) 3:38

  • "Thou hast slain, thou hast not pitied." 3:43

  • "Thou hast covered thyself with a cloud, that our prayer should not pass through." 3:44

  • He "accomplishes his fury" on the Israelites by starving children to death and forcing their mothers to eat them. 4:4-11

  • Rejoice and be glad, O daughter of Edom ... Thou shalt be drunken, and shalt make thyself naked." (When God gets angry at you he calls you a drunken whore.) 4:21