Lamentations is clearly an eyewitness account as the author is very descriptive in his passages about Jerusalem’s destruction and the people’s agony. Credit is almost unanimously given to Jeremiah as the author of the book. 

The fall of Jerusalem to the Chaldeans meant more to the people than the loss of their capital. Jerusalem was in a very special sense, God’s city. His temple was located there; this is where He chose to dwell with His people. When Jerusalem was burned, the temple was destroyed and the people were exiled; they knew that God had given them up to their enemies – otherwise, these things couldn’t have happened. These laments express the author’s grief over his people’s suffering and humiliation. This grief intensified; for God had rejected His people because of their sin. 

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