Lamentations 1:1-10

1 How
The stanzas in Lm 1-4 form an acrostic
. she sits alone, b
the city c once crowded with people!
She who was great among the nations
has become like a widow. d
The princess among the provinces
has been put to forced labor.

‏ב‎ Bet

2 She weeps aloud during the night, e
with tears on her cheeks.
There is no one to offer her comfort,
not one from all her lovers.
= Jerusalem’s political allies
All her friends have betrayed her;
they have become her enemies.

‏ג‎ Gimel

3 Judah has gone into exile
Or because of
affliction and harsh slavery;
she lives among the nations
but finds no place to rest. i
All her pursuers have overtaken her
in narrow places.

‏ד‎ Dalet

4 The roads to
Zion: Originally a term for the fortified section of Jerusalem and then, by extension, used for the temple and the city of Jerusalem both in the present time and in the future
Zion k mourn,
for no one comes to the appointed festivals. l
All her gates are deserted;
her priests groan,
her young women grieve,
and she herself is bitter.

‏ה‎ He

5 Her adversaries have become her masters; m
her enemies are at ease, n
for the Lord has made her suffer
because of her many transgressions.
Her children have gone away
as captives before the adversary.

‏ו‎ Vav

6 All her splendor o has vanished
from Daughter Zion. p
Her leaders are like stags
that find no pasture;
they walk away exhausted
before the hunter. q

‏ז‎ Zayin

7 During the days of her affliction and homelessness r
Jerusalem remembers all her precious belongings
that were hers in days of old.
When her people fell into the adversary’s hand,
she had no one to help.
The adversaries looked at her,
laughing over her downfall.

‏ח‎ Khet

8 Jerusalem has sinned grievously;
therefore, she has become an object of scorn.
Or become impure

All who honored her now despise her,
for they have seen her nakedness.
She herself groans and turns away.

‏ט‎ Tet

9 Her uncleanness stains her skirts. t
She never considered her end.
Her downfall was astonishing; u
there was no one to comfort her.
Lord, look on my affliction,
for the enemy triumphs!

‏י‎ Yod

10 The adversary has seized
all her precious belongings.
She has even seen the nations
enter her sanctuary
those You had forbidden
to enter Your assembly. v
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