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Wail like a young woman[a] dressed in sackcloth
    for the husband of her youth.
Grain offering and libation are cut off
    from the house of the Lord;
In mourning are the priests,
    the ministers of the Lord.
10 The field is devastated;
    the farmland mourns,[b]
Because the grain is devastated,
    the wine has dried up,
    the oil has failed.

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  1. 1:8 Like a young woman: this simile personifies Jerusalem as a youthful widow, left unprotected and without resources by her husband’s sudden death.
  2. 1:10 The farmland mourns: or “the farmland is dried up.”