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Lamentations, book of the Bible, placed immediately after Jeremiah, to whose author it has been ascribed since ancient times. It was probably composed by several authors. It is a series of five poems mourning the destruction of Jerusalem by Babylon. Each of the the first four poems is an alphabetical acrostic, the third having three verses to the letter, instead of one. The book begins with dirges, followed by a psalm of lament with expressions of trust. The psalm is followed by another dirge expressing grief and longing for divine intervention. It concludes with a lament and a prayer for the restoration of the fortunes of Jerusalem.

See study by D. R. Hillers (rev. ed. 1992). See also bibliography under Old Testament.

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Lamentations Old Testament book bewailing the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple in 587 or 586 bc; it is commonly attributed to the author of the Book of Jeremiah. All five chapters of Lamentations are written in Hebrew verse.

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Lamentations. Lamentations of the prophet Jeremiah sung to plainchant melodies (or other settings such as the great ones by Tallis) in RC churches in the week before Easter. Gr. word Threni sometimes used.

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Lamentations a book of the Bible (in full the Lamentations of Jeremiah) telling of the desolation of Judah after the fall of Jerusalem in 586 bc.

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