God’s Anger with Jerusalem

How the Lord has covered the daughter of Zion
With a (A)cloud in His anger!
(B)He cast down from heaven to the earth
(C)The beauty of Israel,
And did not remember (D)His footstool
In the day of His anger.

The Lord has swallowed up and has (E)not pitied
All the dwelling places of Jacob.
He has thrown down in His wrath
The strongholds of the daughter of Judah;
He has brought them down to the ground;
(F)He has profaned the kingdom and its princes.

He has cut off in fierce anger
Every [a]horn of Israel;
(G)He has drawn back His right hand
From before the enemy.
(H)He has blazed against Jacob like a flaming fire
Devouring all around.

(I)Standing like an enemy, He has bent His bow;
With His right hand, like an adversary,
He has slain (J)all who were pleasing to His eye;
On the tent of the daughter of Zion,
He has poured out His fury like fire.

(K)The Lord was like an enemy.
He has swallowed up Israel,
He has swallowed up all her palaces;
(L)He has destroyed her strongholds,
And has increased mourning and lamentation
In the daughter of Judah.

He has done violence (M)to His [b]tabernacle,
(N)As if it were a garden;
He has destroyed His place of assembly;
The Lord has caused
The appointed feasts and Sabbaths to be forgotten in Zion.
In His burning indignation He has (O)spurned the king and the priest.

The Lord has spurned His altar,
He has (P)abandoned His sanctuary;
He has [c]given up the walls of her palaces
Into the hand of the enemy.
(Q)They have made a noise in the house of the Lord
As on the day of a set feast.

The Lord has [d]purposed to destroy
The (R)wall of the daughter of Zion.
(S)He has stretched out a line;
He has not withdrawn His hand from destroying;
Therefore He has caused the rampart and wall to lament;
They languished together.

Her gates have sunk into the ground;
He has destroyed and (T)broken her bars.
(U)Her king and her princes are among the [e]nations;
(V)The Law is no more,
And her (W)prophets find no [f]vision from the Lord.

10 The elders of the daughter of Zion
(X)Sit on the ground and keep silence;
[g]They (Y)throw dust on their heads
And (Z)gird themselves with sackcloth.
The virgins of Jerusalem
Bow their heads to the ground.

11 (AA)My eyes fail with tears,
My [h]heart is troubled;
(AB)My [i]bile is poured on the ground
Because of the destruction of the daughter of my people,
Because (AC)the children and the infants
Faint in the streets of the city.

12 They say to their mothers,
“Where is grain and wine?”
As they swoon like the wounded
In the streets of the city,
As their life is poured out
In their mothers’ bosom.

13 How shall I (AD)console[j] you?
To what shall I liken you,
O daughter of Jerusalem?
What shall I compare with you, that I may comfort you,
O virgin daughter of Zion?
For your ruin is spread wide as the sea;
Who can heal you?

14 Your (AE)prophets have seen for you
False and deceptive visions;
They have not (AF)uncovered your iniquity,
To bring back your captives,
But have envisioned for you false (AG)prophecies and delusions.

15 All who [k]pass by (AH)clap their hands at you;
They hiss (AI)and shake their heads
At the daughter of Jerusalem:
Is this the city that is called
(AJ)‘The perfection of beauty,
The joy of the whole earth’?”

16 (AK)All your enemies have opened their mouth against you;
They hiss and gnash their teeth.
They say, (AL)“We have swallowed her up!
Surely this is the (AM)day we have waited for;
We have found it, (AN)we have seen it!

17 The Lord has done what He (AO)purposed;
He has fulfilled His word
Which He commanded in days of old.
He has thrown down and has not pitied,
And He has caused an enemy to (AP)rejoice over you;
He has exalted the [l]horn of your adversaries.

18 Their heart cried out to the Lord,
“O wall of the daughter of Zion,
(AQ)Let tears run down like a river day and night;
Give yourself no relief;
Give [m]your eyes no rest.

19 “Arise, (AR)cry out in the night,
At the beginning of the watches;
(AS)Pour out your heart like water before the face of the Lord.
Lift your hands toward Him
For the life of your young children,
Who faint from hunger (AT)at the head of every street.”

20 “See, O Lord, and consider!
To whom have You done this?
(AU)Should the women eat their offspring,
The children [n]they have cuddled?
Should the priest and prophet be slain
In the sanctuary of the Lord?

21 “Young(AV) and old lie
On the ground in the streets;
My virgins and my young men
Have fallen by the (AW)sword;
You have slain them in the day of Your anger,
You have slaughtered and not pitied.

22 “You have invited as to a feast day
(AX)The terrors that surround me.
In the day of the Lord’s anger
There was no refugee or survivor.
(AY)Those whom I have borne and brought up
My enemies have (AZ)destroyed.”

The Prophet’s Anguish and Hope

I am the man who has seen affliction by the rod of His wrath.
He has led me and made me walk
In darkness and not in light.
Surely He has turned His hand against me
Time and time again throughout the day.

He has aged (BA)my flesh and my skin,
And (BB)broken my bones.
He has besieged me
And surrounded me with bitterness and [o]woe.
(BC)He has set me in dark places
Like the dead of long ago.

(BD)He has hedged me in so that I cannot get out;
He has made my chain heavy.
Even (BE)when I cry and shout,
He shuts out my prayer.
He has blocked my ways with hewn stone;
He has made my paths crooked.

10 (BF)He has been to me a bear lying in wait,
Like a lion in [p]ambush.
11 He has turned aside my ways and (BG)torn me in pieces;
He has made me desolate.
12 He has bent His bow
And (BH)set me up as a target for the arrow.

13 He has caused (BI)the [q]arrows of His quiver
To pierce my [r]loins.
14 I have become the (BJ)ridicule of all my people—
(BK)Their taunting song all the day.
15 (BL)He has filled me with bitterness,
He has made me drink wormwood.

16 He has also broken my teeth (BM)with gravel,
And [s]covered me with ashes.
17 You have moved my soul far from peace;
I have forgotten [t]prosperity.
18 (BN)And I said, “My strength and my hope
Have perished from the Lord.”

19 Remember my affliction and roaming,
(BO)The wormwood and the [u]gall.
20 My soul still remembers
And [v]sinks within me.
21 This I recall to my mind,
Therefore I have (BP)hope.

22 (BQ)Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed,
Because His compassions (BR)fail not.
23 They are new (BS)every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness.
24 “The Lord is my (BT)portion,” says my soul,
“Therefore I (BU)hope in Him!”

25 The Lord is good to those who (BV)wait for Him,
To the soul who seeks Him.
26 It is good that one should (BW)hope (BX)and wait quietly
For the salvation of the Lord.
27 (BY)It is good for a man to bear
The yoke in his youth.

28 (BZ)Let him sit alone and keep silent,
Because God has laid it on him;
29 (CA)Let him put his mouth in the dust—
There may yet be hope.
30 (CB)Let him give his cheek to the one who strikes him,
And be full of reproach.

31 (CC)For the Lord will not cast off forever.
32 Though He causes grief,
Yet He will show compassion
According to the multitude of His mercies.
33 For (CD)He does not afflict [w]willingly,
Nor grieve the children of men.

34 To crush under one’s feet
All the prisoners of the earth,
35 To turn aside the justice due a man
Before the face of the Most High,
36 Or subvert a man in his cause—
(CE)The Lord does not approve.

37 Who is he (CF)who speaks and it comes to pass,
When the Lord has not commanded it?
38 Is it not from the mouth of the Most High
That (CG)woe and well-being proceed?
39 (CH)Why should a living man [x]complain,
(CI)A man for the punishment of his sins?

40 Let us search out and examine our ways,
And turn back to the Lord;
41 (CJ)Let us lift our hearts and hands
To God in heaven.
42 (CK)We have transgressed and rebelled;
You have not pardoned.

43 You have covered Yourself with anger
And pursued us;
You have slain and not pitied.
44 You have covered Yourself with a cloud,
That prayer should not pass through.
45 You have made us an (CL)offscouring and refuse
In the midst of the peoples.

46 (CM)All our enemies
Have opened their mouths against us.
47 (CN)Fear and a snare have come upon us,
(CO)Desolation and destruction.
48 (CP)My eyes overflow with rivers of water
For the destruction of the daughter of my people.

49 (CQ)My eyes flow and do not cease,
Without interruption,
50 Till the Lord from heaven
(CR)Looks down and sees.
51 My eyes bring suffering to my soul
Because of all the daughters of my city.

52 My enemies (CS)without cause
Hunted me down like a bird.
53 They [y]silenced my life (CT)in the pit
And (CU)threw [z]stones at me.
54 (CV)The waters flowed over my head;
(CW)I said, “I am cut off!”

55 (CX)I called on Your name, O Lord,
From the lowest (CY)pit.
56 (CZ)You have heard my voice:
“Do not hide Your ear
From my sighing, from my cry for help.”
57 You (DA)drew near on the day I called on You,
And said, (DB)“Do not fear!”

58 O Lord, You have (DC)pleaded the case for my soul;
(DD)You have redeemed my life.
59 O Lord, You have seen [aa]how I am wronged;
(DE)Judge my case.
60 You have seen all their vengeance,
All their (DF)schemes against me.

61 You have heard their reproach, O Lord,
All their schemes against me,
62 The lips of my enemies
And their whispering against me all the day.
63 Look at their (DG)sitting down and their rising up;
I am their taunting song.

64 (DH)Repay them, O Lord,
According to the work of their hands.
65 Give them [ab]a veiled heart;
Your curse be upon them!
66 In Your anger,
Pursue and destroy them
(DI)From under the heavens of the (DJ)Lord.

Footnotes

  1. Lamentations 2:3 Strength
  2. Lamentations 2:6 Lit. booth
  3. Lamentations 2:7 delivered
  4. Lamentations 2:8 determined
  5. Lamentations 2:9 Gentiles
  6. Lamentations 2:9 Prophetic revelation
  7. Lamentations 2:10 A sign of mourning
  8. Lamentations 2:11 Lit. inward parts
  9. Lamentations 2:11 Lit. liver
  10. Lamentations 2:13 Or bear witness to
  11. Lamentations 2:15 Lit. pass by this way
  12. Lamentations 2:17 Strength
  13. Lamentations 2:18 Lit. the daughter of your eye
  14. Lamentations 2:20 Vg. a span long
  15. Lamentations 3:5 hardship or weariness
  16. Lamentations 3:10 Lit. secret places
  17. Lamentations 3:13 Lit. sons of
  18. Lamentations 3:13 Lit. kidneys
  19. Lamentations 3:16 Lit. bent me down in
  20. Lamentations 3:17 Lit. good
  21. Lamentations 3:19 bitterness
  22. Lamentations 3:20 Lit. bowed down
  23. Lamentations 3:33 Lit. from His heart
  24. Lamentations 3:39 Or murmur
  25. Lamentations 3:53 LXX put to death
  26. Lamentations 3:53 Lit. a stone on
  27. Lamentations 3:59 Lit. my wrong
  28. Lamentations 3:65 A Jewish tradition sorrow of