Lamentations 1

The Sorrows of Zion

How 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!
She 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.
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.
The 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.
Her 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.
All 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.
In 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.
Jerusalem 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.
Her 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!”
10 The 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.
11 All 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.
13 From 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.
16 For 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.”
17 Zion 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.
20 See, 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.
21 They 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.
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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