Scandinavian Journal for the Old Testament vol:16 pages:246-263
In this article, the author argues that the opening verses of the third song of Lamentations were conceived as a reversal of Ps 23. Firstly, it is shown that numerous lexical and thematic relations exist between the two texts. Secondly, it is demonstrated that also Lam 3,22-27, which forms the structural counterpart of the pericope under investigation, is marked by references to Ps 23. Thirdly, the probability of the reversal of Ps 23 by the authors of
Lamentations, and the possible motives for this reversal are examined. The proposed reading of the pericope finally sheds a light on two of the main exegetical problems related to the text, viz., the identity of the I-person speaking, and the apparent absence of direct allusions to the occurrences of 587 BCE.