The Sorrows of Zion1How 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 districtsprovinces
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 ofunder affliction
▼ Or by reason ofunder ▼
▼ Lit greatharsh 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 placesdistress.
4The roads ▼
▼ Or toof 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 bitterlyis v bitter.
5Her adversaries have become ▼
▼ Lit headher masters,
Her enemies ▼
▼ Or are at easeprosper;
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 cessationruin.
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;
▼ Lit did not remember her latter enddid 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 soullives 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 ▼pain like my ▼pain
Which was severely dealt out to me,
Which the ba Lord inflicted on the day of His bb fierce anger.
13“From on high He sent fire into my bc bones,
And it ▼
▼ Or descended, overthrewprevailed over them.
He has spread a be net for my feet;
He has turned me back;
He has made me bf desolate,
▼ Or SickFaint 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 stumblefail.
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 feasttime against me
To crush my bn young men;
The Lord has bo trodden as in a wine press
The virgin daughter of Judah.
16“For these things I bp weep;
▼ Lit My eye, my eyeMy 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 mouthcommand;
Hear now, all peoples,
And by behold my ▼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 soultheir strength themselves.
20“See, O Lord, for I am in distress;
▼ 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 bereavesslays;
In the house it is like death.
21“They have heard that I cj groan;
There is no one to comfort me;
All my enemies have heard of my ▼
▼ Lit evilcalamity;
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.
22“Let 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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