Lamentations 1

The Sorrows of Zion

1How a  lonely sits the city
That was b  full of people!
She has become like a c  widow
Who was once d  great among the nations!
She who was a princess among the
Or districts
provinces
Has become a f  forced laborer!
2She g  weeps bitterly in the night
And her tears are on her cheeks;
She has none to comfort her
Among all her h  lovers.
All her friends have i  dealt treacherously with her;
They have become her enemies.
3 j  Judah has gone into exile
Or by reason of
under affliction
And
Or by reason of
under
Lit great
harsh servitude;
She dwells n  among the nations,
But she has found no rest;
All o  her pursuers have overtaken her
In the midst of
Or narrow places
distress.
4The roads
Or to
of Zion are in mourning
Because r  no one comes to the appointed feasts.
All her gates are s  desolate;
Her priests are groaning,
Her t  virgins are afflicted,
And she herself
Or suffers bitterly
is v  bitter.
5Her adversaries have become
Lit head
her masters,
Her enemies
Or are at ease
prosper;
For the  Lord has y  caused her grief
Because of the multitude of her transgressions;
Her little ones have gone away
As captives before the adversary.
6All her z  majesty
Has departed from the daughter of Zion;
Her princes have become like deer
That have found no pasture;
And they have
Lit gone
,
ab  fled without strength
Before the pursuer.
7In the days of her affliction and homelessness
ac  Jerusalem remembers all her precious things
That were from the days of old,
When her people fell into the hand of the adversary
And ad  no one helped her.
The adversaries saw her,
They ae  mocked at her
Lit cessation
ruin.
8Jerusalem sinned ag  greatly,
Therefore ah  she has become an unclean thing.
All who honored her despise her
Because they have seen her nakedness;
Even ai  she herself groans and turns away.
9Her aj  uncleanness was in her skirts;
She
Lit did not remember her latter end
did not consider her al  future.
Therefore she has
Lit come down
,
an  fallen astonishingly;
ao  She has no comforter.
ap  See, O  Lord, my affliction,
For the enemy has aq  magnified himself!”
10The adversary has stretched out his hand
Over all her precious things,
For she has seen the ar  nations enter her sanctuary,
The ones whom You commanded
That they should as  not enter into Your congregation.
11All her people groan at  seeking bread;
They have given their precious things for food
To au  restore their
Lit soul
lives themselves.
See, O  Lord, and look,
For I am aw  despised.”
12“Is ax  it nothing to all you who pass this way?
Look and see if there is any
Or sorrow
pain like my
Or sorrow
pain
Which was severely dealt out to me,
Which the ba   Lord inflicted on the day of His bb  fierce anger.
13From on high He sent fire into my bc  bones,
And it
Or descended, overthrew
prevailed over them.
He has spread a be  net for my feet;
He has turned me back;
He has made me bf  desolate,
Or Sick
Faint all day long.
14“The bh  yoke of my transgressions is bound;
By His hand they are knit together.
They have bi  come upon my neck;
He has made my strength
Lit stumble
fail.
The Lord bk  has given me into the hands
Of those against whom I am not able to stand.
15“The bl  Lord has rejected all my strong men
In my midst;
He has called an appointed
Or feast
time against me
To crush my bn  young men;
The Lord has bo  trodden as in a wine press
The virgin daughter of Judah.
16For these things I bp  weep;
Lit My eye, my eye
My eyes run down with water;
Because far from me is a br  comforter,
One who restores my soul.
My children are desolate
Because the enemy has prevailed.”
17Zion bs  stretches out her hands;
There is no one to comfort her;
The  Lord has bt  commanded concerning Jacob
That the ones round about him should be his adversaries;
bu  Jerusalem has become an unclean thing among them.
18“The  Lord is bv  righteous;
For I have bw  rebelled against His
Lit mouth
command;
Hear now, all peoples,
And by  behold my
Or sorrow
pain;
ca  My virgins and my young men
Have gone into captivity.
19“I cb  called to my lovers, but they deceived me;
My cc  priests and my elders perished in the city
While they sought food to cd  restore
Lit their soul
their strength themselves.
20See, O  Lord, for I am in distress;
My
Lit inward parts are in ferment
,
cg  spirit is greatly troubled;
My heart is overturned within me,
For I have been very ch  rebellious.
In the street the sword
Lit bereaves
slays;
In the house it is like death.
21They have heard that I cj  groan;
There is no one to comfort me;
All my enemies have heard of my
Lit evil
calamity;
They are cl  glad that You have done it.
Oh, that You would bring the day which You have proclaimed,
That they may become cm  like me.
22Let all their wickedness come before You;
And cn  deal with them as You have dealt with me
For all my transgressions;
For my groans are many and my heart is faint.”

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