Lamentations 1:1-2 (JDV)
Lamentations 1:1 How isolated she sits, the city which was crowded with people! She who was prominent among the nations has become like a widow. The princess among the provinces has become a compulsory laborer.
Lamentations 1:2 She cries bitterly during the night, with tears on her cheeks. There is no one to offer her comfort, not one from all her lovers. All her friends have betrayed her; they have become her enemies.
The Lamentations are prophetic words delivered in poetic fashion, like the Lament Psalms. Here an unknown author (I will call him the Lamenter) describes Jerusalem in exile as a princess who has been betrayed and abandoned by her former lovers — the kings of the nations. The once crowded city is now isolated, rejected, lonely. The city that was intended to draw the nations to God now mourns at night with no one to comfort her.
Lord God, our lives do not reflect your plan for us. We feel abandoned. Restore us to your favor and your intended destiny.