How Lonely Sits the City1 aHow lonely sits the city
that was full of people!
How like ba widow has she become,
she who was great among the nations!
She who was ca princess among the provinces
has become da slave.
2 eShe weeps bitterly in the night,
with tears on her cheeks;
famong all her lovers
she has gnone to comfort her;
hall her friends have dealt treacherously with her;
they have become her enemies.
3 iJudah has gone into exile because of affliction
and hard servitude;
jshe dwells now among the nations,
kbut finds no resting place;
her pursuers have all overtaken her
in the midst of her distress. ▼
▼Or in the narrow passes
4 The roads to Zion mourn,
for none come to mthe festival;
nall her gates are desolate;
her priests ogroan;
her virgins have been afflicted, ▼
▼Septuagint, Old Latin dragged away
and she herself suffers bitterly.
5 qHer foes have become the head;
her renemies prosper,
because sthe Lord has afflicted her
tfor the multitude of her transgressions;
uher children have gone away,
captives before the foe.
6 From the daughter of Zion
all her majesty has departed.
Her princes have become like deer
vthat find no pasture;
they fled without strength
before the pursuer.
7 Jerusalem remembers
in the days of her affliction and wandering
wall the precious things
that were hers from xdays of old.
When her people fell into the hand of the foe,
and there was none to help her,
her foes gloated over her;
they ymocked at her downfall.
8 zJerusalem sinned grievously;
therefore she became filthy;
all who honored her despise her,
aafor they have seen her nakedness;
she herself abgroans
and turns her face away.
9 Her uncleanness was acin her skirts;
adshe took no thought of her future; ▼
therefore her fall is terrible;
afshe has no comforter.
“O Lord, behold my affliction,
for the enemy has agtriumphed!”
10 The enemy has stretched out his hands
over all her ahprecious things;
for she has seen aithe nations
enter her sanctuary,
those whom you ajforbade
to enter your congregation.
11 All her people akgroan
as althey search for bread;
they trade their amtreasures for anfood
to revive their strength.
“Look, O Lord, and see,
for I am despised.”
12 “Is it nothing to you, all aoyou who pass by?
apLook and see
if there is any sorrow like my sorrow,
which was brought upon me,
which aqthe Lord inflicted
on arthe day of his fierce anger.
13 “From on high he assent fire;
into my bones ▼
▼Septuagint; Hebrew bones andhe made it descend;
auhe spread a net for my feet;
he turned me back;
avhe has left me stunned,
faint all the day long.
14 “My transgressions were bound ▼
▼The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertaininto axa yoke;
by his hand they were fastened together;
they were set upon my neck;
he caused my strength to fail;
the Lord gave me into the hands
of those whom I cannot withstand.
15 “The Lord rejected
all my mighty men in my midst;
he summoned an assembly against me
to crush my young men;
aythe Lord has trodden as in a winepress
the virgin daughter of Judah.
16 “For these things azI weep;
my eyes flow with tears;
for baa comforter is far from me,
one to bbrevive my spirit;
my children are desolate,
for the enemy has prevailed.”
17 bcZion stretches out her hands,
but bdthere is none to comfort her;
the Lord has commanded against Jacob
that his neighbors should be his foes;
Jerusalem has become
a filthy thing among them.
18 be“The Lord is in the right,
bffor I have rebelled against his word;
but hear, all you peoples,
and see my suffering;
bgmy young women and my young men
have gone into captivity.
19 “I called to bhmy lovers,
but they deceived me;
my priests and elders
perished in the city,
while bithey sought food
to revive their strength.
20 “Look, O Lord, for I am in distress;
bjmy stomach churns;
my heart is wrung within me,
because I have been very rebellious.
bkIn the street the sword bereaves;
in the house it is like death.
21 “They heard ▼
▼Septuagint, Syriac Hearbmmy groaning,
yet bnthere is no one to comfort me.
All my enemies have heard of my trouble;
bothey are glad that you have done it.
You have brought ▼
▼Syriac Bringthe day you announced;
bqnow let them be as I am.
22 br“Let all their evildoing come before you,
and deal with them
as bsyou have dealt with me
because of all my transgressions;
for btmy groans are many,
and bumy heart is faint.”
The Lord Has Destroyed Without Pity1 How the Lord in his anger
has set the daughter of Zion bvunder a cloud!
bwHe has cast down from heaven to earth
the splendor of Israel;
he has not remembered bxhis footstool
in the day of his anger.
2 The Lord byhas swallowed up bzwithout mercy
all the habitations of Jacob;
in his wrath cahe has broken down
the strongholds of the daughter of Judah;
he has brought cbdown to the ground ccin dishonor
the kingdom cdand its rulers.
3 He has cut down in cefierce anger
all cfthe might of Israel;
cghe has withdrawn from them his right hand
in the face of the enemy;
chhe has burned like a flaming fire in Jacob,
consuming all around.
4 ciHe has bent his bow like an enemy,
with his right hand set cjlike a foe;
and he has killed all who were delightful in our eyes
in the tent of the daughter of Zion;
he has poured out his fury like fire.
5 ckThe Lord has become like an enemy;
clhe has swallowed up Israel;
cmhe has swallowed up all its palaces;
he has laid in ruins its strongholds,
and he has multiplied in the daughter of Judah
cnmourning and lamentation.
6 He has laid waste his booth like a garden,
laid in ruins cohis meeting place;
cpthe Lord has made Zion forget
festival and cqSabbath,
and in his fierce indignation has spurned king and priest.
7 crThe Lord has scorned his altar,
csdisowned his sanctuary;
cthe has delivered into the hand of the enemy
the walls of her palaces;
cuthey raised a clamor in the house of the Lord
as on the day of festival.
8 cvThe Lord determined to lay in ruins
cwthe wall of the daughter of Zion;
cxhe stretched out the measuring line;
he did not restrain his hand from destroying;
cyhe caused rampart and wall to lament;
czthey languished together.
9 Her gates have sunk into the ground;
dahe has ruined dband broken her bars;
dcher king and princes are among the nations;
the law is no more,
and ddher prophets find
no vision from the Lord.
10 The elders of the daughter of Zion
desit on the ground dfin silence;
dgthey have thrown dust on their heads
and dhput on sackcloth;
the young women of Jerusalem
have bowed their heads to the ground.
11 diMy eyes are spent with weeping;
djmy stomach churns;
dkmy bile is poured out to the ground
dlbecause of the destruction of the daughter of my people,
dmbecause infants and babies dnfaint
in the streets of the city.
12 They cry to their mothers,
do“Where is bread and wine?”
dpas they faint like a wounded man
in the streets of the city,
as their life is poured out
on their mothers’ bosom.
13 What can I say for you, dqto what compare you,
O daughter of Jerusalem?
drWhat can I liken to you, that I may comfort you,
O virgin daughter of Zion?
dsFor your ruin is vast as the sea;
who can heal you?
14 dtYour prophets have seen for you
false and deceptive visions;
duthey have not exposed your iniquity
to dvrestore your fortunes,
dwbut have seen for you dxoracles
that are false and misleading.
15 All who pass along the way
clap their hands at you;
dythey hiss and wag their heads
at the daughter of Jerusalem:
“Is this the city that was called
dzthe perfection of beauty,
eathe joy of all the earth?”
16 ebAll your enemies
rail against you;
they hiss, they gnash their teeth,
they cry: “We echave swallowed her!
Ah, this is the day we longed for;
now we have it; edwe see it!”
17 The Lord has done what he purposed;
he has carried out eehis word,
which he commanded eflong ago;
eghe has thrown down ehwithout pity;
eihe has made the enemy rejoice over you
and exalted the ejmight of your foes.
18 Their heart cried to the Lord.
O ekwall of the daughter of Zion,
ellet tears stream down like a torrent
emday and night!
enGive yourself no rest,
eoyour eyes no respite!
19 “Arise, epcry out in the night,
at the beginning of the night watches!
eqPour out your heart like water
before the presence of the Lord!
erLift your hands to him
for the lives of your children,
eswho faint for hunger
at the head of every street.”
20 Look, O Lord, and see!
etWith whom have you dealt thus?
euShould women eat the fruit of their womb,
the children of evtheir tender care?
Should ewpriest and prophet be killed
in the sanctuary of the Lord?
21 In the dust of the streets
exlie the young and the old;
eymy young women and my young men
have fallen by the sword;
ezyou have killed them in the day of your anger,
slaughtering fawithout pity.
22 You summoned as if to fba festival day
fcmy terrors on every side,
fdand on the day of the anger of the Lord
no one escaped or survived;
fethose whom I held and raised
my enemy destroyed.
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