The book of Lamentations records Jeremiah's sorrow for Jerusalem after
it was destroyed, and he invites everyone to share in his
sorrow. He recalls that the reason for its destruction was the disobedience of
the people in turning from the true God to pagan Gods.
Jeremiah recalls God's anger against Israel, and the
consequences. Jerusalem had been transformed from a city of
prosperity into a place of poverty. As the people mourn for
their losses, their enemies taunt them. However, Jeremiah notes
that the destruction of Jerusalem was not a total destruction, but this was
due only to the mercy and faithfulness of god. Finally,
Jeremiah pleads with God to remember the nation of Israel.