18 This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: ‘As my anger and wrath(A) have been poured out on those who lived in Jerusalem,(B) so will my wrath be poured out on you when you go to Egypt. You will be a curse[a](C) and an object of horror,(D) a curse[b] and an object of reproach;(E) you will never see this place again.’(F)

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Footnotes

  1. Jeremiah 42:18 That is, your name will be used in cursing (see 29:22); or, others will see that you are cursed.
  2. Jeremiah 42:18 That is, your name will be used in cursing (see 29:22); or, others will see that you are cursed.

In fierce anger he has cut off
    every horn[a][b](A) of Israel.
He has withdrawn his right hand(B)
    at the approach of the enemy.
He has burned in Jacob like a flaming fire
    that consumes everything around it.(C)

Like an enemy he has strung his bow;(D)
    his right hand is ready.
Like a foe he has slain
    all who were pleasing to the eye;(E)
he has poured out his wrath(F) like fire(G)
    on the tent(H) of Daughter Zion.

The Lord is like an enemy;(I)
    he has swallowed up Israel.
He has swallowed up all her palaces
    and destroyed her strongholds.(J)
He has multiplied mourning and lamentation(K)
    for Daughter Judah.(L)

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Footnotes

  1. Lamentations 2:3 Or off / all the strength; or every king
  2. Lamentations 2:3 Horn here symbolizes strength.