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.”
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