Another acrostic poem – basically just a continuation of the mourning and misery. More of the same vivid descriptions of suffering under Yahweh’s brutality. V 9-10 are particularly heart-wrenching.
V is the second instance in the bible of misinformation about the parenting practices of ostriches (the first was Job 39:13). That’s an F in biology for these authors!
The wrap-up. Note that the author recognizes, in v 5, that people are being punished for the sins of their ancestors. The imagery is pretty graphic, and yet the ‘blame the victim’ mentality is still evident in v 16 (“weep for us because we have sinned”). What kind of sin merits this sort of punishment? And the book ends with anger at god – “Why have you abandoned us for so long?… Or have you utterly rejected us? Are you angry with us still?” – good questions, but no answers are forthcoming.