Women in the Book of Lamentations

What does the Book of Lamentations say about women? Here are all the verses we found that mention a woman.

 


 

Lamentations 1:4. The roads to Zion mourn, because no one comes to the solemn assembly. All her gates are desolate. Her priests sigh. Her virgins are afflicted, and she herself is in bitterness.

Lamentations 1:18. “The LORD is righteous; for I have rebelled against his commandment. Please hear all you peoples, and see my sorrow. My virgins and my young men have gone into captivity.

Lamentations 2:10. The elders of the daughter of Zion sit on the ground. They keep silence. They have cast up dust on their heads. They have clothed themselves with sackcloth. The virgins of Jerusalem hang down their heads to the ground.

Lamentations 2:12. They ask their mothers, “Where is grain and wine?” when they swoon as the wounded in the streets of the city, when their soul is poured out into their mothers’ bosom.

Lamentations 2:20. “Look, LORD, and see to whom you have done thus! Should the women eat their offspring, the children that they held and bounced on their knees? Should the priest and the prophet be killed in the sanctuary of the Lord?

Lamentations 2:21. “The youth and the old man lie on the ground in the streets. My virgins and my young men have fallen by the sword. You have killed them in the day of your anger. You have slaughtered, and not pitied.

Lamentations 4:10. The hands of the pitiful women have boiled their own children. They were their food in the destruction of the daughter of my people.

Lamentations 5:3. We are orphans and fatherless. Our mothers are as widows.

Lamentations 5:11. They ravished the women in Zion, the virgins in the cities of Judah.

 

RESOURCES

Female Prophets in the Old Testament

Female Prophets in the New Testament

 

NOTES

1. The Bible sometimes refers to locations or people-groups by using female terminology. We ignored all such instances. Examples: Ariel, Egypt, Israel, Jerusalem, Samaria, Tyre, vineyards, virgin daughter of Zion.

2. The Bible sometimes mentions things a woman might possess. We ignored all such instances. Examples: anklet, ankle chain, beauty, bracelet, cape, charm, cloak, earrings, garment, hair, headband, headdress, linen, mirror, necklace, nose ring, perfume, purse, ring, robe, sash, shawl, tiara, veil.

3. The Bible sometimes mentions the names (or functions) of female body parts without referring to an actual woman. Example: breasts, give birth, womb.

4. The Bible often uses words that are culturally associated with female behavior, but without applying them to an actual woman. Examples: compassion, tender, delicate, conceive.

5. The Bible sometimes uses titles of female “occupations,” but without applying them to an actual woman. The words are usually used as a pejorative. Examples: adulterer, prostitute, sorceress.

6. The Bible sometimes mentions a god from another nation. Some of those were female. We ignored all such instances. Example: Ishtar.

 


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Unless otherwise noted, all Bible quotations on this page are from the World English Bible and the World Messianic Edition. These translations have no copyright restrictions. They are in the Public Domain.


 

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