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Hebrew: qinah, meaning: an elegy or dirge
The first example of this form of poetry is the lament of David over Saul and Jonathan (2 Sam. 1:17-27).
It was a frequent accompaniment of mourning (Amos 8:10).
In 2 Sam. 3:33-34 is recorded David's lament over Abner.
Prophecy sometimes took the form of a lament when it predicted calamity (Ezek. 27:2, 32; 28:12; 32:2, 16).