21 Then you will say in your heart,
    ‘Who bore me these?(A)
I was bereaved(B) and barren;
    I was exiled and rejected.(C)
    Who brought these(D) up?
I was left(E) all alone,(F)
    but these—where have they come from?’”

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“Do not be afraid;(A) you will not be put to shame.(B)
    Do not fear disgrace;(C) you will not be humiliated.
You will forget the shame of your youth(D)
    and remember no more the reproach(E) of your widowhood.(F)

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[a]How deserted(A) lies the city,
    once so full of people!(B)
How like a widow(C) is she,
    who once was great(D) among the nations!
She who was queen among the provinces
    has now become a slave.(E)

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Footnotes

  1. Lamentations 1:1 This chapter is an acrostic poem, the verses of which begin with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet.

Give her as much torment and grief
    as the glory and luxury she gave herself.(A)
In her heart she boasts,
    ‘I sit enthroned as queen.
I am not a widow;[a]
    I will never mourn.’(B)

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Footnotes

  1. Revelation 18:7 See Isaiah 47:7,8.