The Lamentations of Jeremiah
How solitary and lonely sits the city [Jerusalem] that was full of people! How like a widow she has become! She who was great among nations and princess among the provinces has become a tributary – in bond service! – Amplified Bible
One may read the writings of the prophets only as valuable contributions to Old Testament history.
And he may become enriched by familiarity with their forecasts of events which have been startlingly fulfilled, thus proclaiming the divine inspiration of the books and the wisdom and power of the God Who prompted their writings.
But to stop there is by no means to grasp their full and outstanding purpose for today.
Through the prophets God is speaking definitely to every individual and nation on earth, right now DEMANDING THAT WE SEE OURSELVES AS HE SEES US, a world of nations and individuals tobogganing toward disaster; and He declares there is no alternative unless we repent and come to terms with Him.
– Amplified Bible: page 914