Excerpt from a blogpost I shared nearly one year ago today…
Their heart cried unto the Lord, O wall of the daughter of Zion, let tears run down like a river day and night: give thyself no rest; let not the apple of thine eye cease. 19 Arise, cry out in the night: in the beginning of the watches pour out thine heart like water before the face of the Lord: lift up thy hands toward him for the life of thy young children, that faint for hunger in the top of every street (Lam 2:18-19 KJV).
While it is true that Judah and Jerusalem are under the judging Hand of God, still, the Holy Spirit through the Prophet Jeremiah continues to implore the people to come before the LORD with a broken heart, and Mercy will be given according to Jehovah’s Plan. Despite the anger of the LORD against Judah and Jerusalem, still, the LORD was their only hope, as He had always been their only hope. So, they are exhorted to “cry out in the night” to Him. Even though Judah and Jerusalem could not be spared, as is now obvious, still, the LORD tells these hapless survivors that He can help, and He will help if they will only seek Him.
Behold, O Lord, and consider to whom thou hast done this. Shall the women eat their fruit, and children of a span long? shall the priest and the prophet be slain in the sanctuary of the Lord? 21 The young and the old lie on the ground in the streets: my virgins and my young men are fallen by the sword; thou hast slain them in the day of thine anger; thou hast killed, and not pitied. 22 Thou hast called as in a solemn day my terrors round about, so that in the day of the Lord’s anger none escaped nor remained: those that I have swaddled and brought up hath mine enemy consumed (Lam 2:20-22 KJV).
The Prophet pleads to the LORD that great judgment has already been carried out on the people, with many killed and others in a state of acute starvation, so now surely the LORD will show Mercy. And here, Jeremiah appears to reference relatives being killed in the carnage. We know that Jeremiah had family members which had sought his life because they did not like the Message he proclaimed.
Source: Jeremiah’s Lowly Estate