Lamentations 1-5 New King James Version (NKJV)
Jerusalem in Affliction
1 How lonely sits the city
2 She weeps bitterly in the night,
3 Judah has gone into captivity,
4 The roads to Zion mourn
5 Her adversaries have become [d]the master,
6 And from the daughter of Zion
7 In the days of her affliction and roaming,
8 Jerusalem has sinned gravely,
9 Her uncleanness is in her skirts;
12 “Is it nothing to you, all you who [l]pass by?
13 “From above He has sent fire into my bones,
14 “The yoke of my transgressions was [m]bound;
15 “The Lord has trampled underfoot all my mighty men in my midst;
16 “For these things I weep;
17 Zion [n]spreads out her hands,
18 “The Lord is righteous,
19 “I called for my lovers,
20 “See, O Lord, that I am in distress;
21 “They have heard that I sigh,
22 “Let all their wickedness come before You,
God’s Anger with Jerusalem
2 How the Lord has covered the daughter of Zion
2 The Lord has swallowed up and has not pitied
3 He has cut off in fierce anger
4 Standing like an enemy, He has bent His bow;
5 The Lord was like an enemy.
6 He has done violence to His [s]tabernacle,
7 The Lord has spurned His altar,
8 The Lord has [u]purposed to destroy
10 The elders of the daughter of Zion
11 My eyes fail with tears,
12 They say to their mothers,
13 How shall I console[aa] you?
14 Your prophets have seen for you
15 All who [ab]pass by clap their hands at you;
16 All your enemies have opened their mouth against you;
17 The Lord has done what He purposed;
18 Their heart cried out to the Lord,
19 “Arise, cry out in the night,
20 “See, O Lord, and consider!
21 “Young and old lie
22 “You have invited as to a feast day
The Prophet’s Anguish and Hope
3 I am the man who has seen affliction by the rod of His wrath.
4 He has aged my flesh and my skin,
7 He has hedged me in so that I cannot get out;
10 He has been to me a bear lying in wait,
13 He has caused the [ah]arrows of His quiver
16 He has also broken my teeth with gravel,
22 Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed,
25 The Lord is good to those who wait for Him,
28 Let him sit alone and keep silent,
31 For the Lord will not cast off forever.
34 To crush under one’s feet
37 Who is he who speaks and it comes to pass,
40 Let us search out and examine our ways,
43 You have covered Yourself with anger
46 All our enemies
49 My eyes flow and do not cease,
55 I called on Your name, O Lord,
58 O Lord, You have pleaded the case for my soul;
61 You have heard their reproach, O Lord,
64 Repay them, O Lord,
The Degradation of Zion
4 How the gold has become dim!
3 Even the jackals present their breasts
4 The tongue of the infant clings
5 Those who ate delicacies
6 The punishment of the iniquity of the daughter of my people
8 Now their appearance is blacker than soot;
9 Those slain by the sword are better off
10 The hands of the compassionate women
11 The Lord has fulfilled His fury,
12 The kings of the earth,
13 Because of the sins of her prophets
14 They wandered blind in the streets;
15 They cried out to them,
16 The [ba]face of the Lord scattered them;
17 Still our eyes failed us,
18 They [bb]tracked our steps
19 Our pursuers were swifter
20 The breath of our nostrils, the anointed of the Lord,
21 Rejoice and be glad, O daughter of Edom,
22 The punishment of your iniquity [bc]is accomplished,
Prayer for Restoration
5 Remember, O Lord, what has come upon us;
4 We pay for the water we drink,
7 Our fathers sinned and are no more,
10 Our skin is hot as an oven,
15 The joy of our heart has ceased;
19 You, O Lord, remain forever;
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