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15 “The Lord rejected all my powerful men
    who were inside the city.
Then he brought a group of people against me.
    He brought them to kill my young soldiers.
The Lord has trampled his dearest city[a]
    like grapes in a winepress.

16 “I cry about all these things.
    Tears are flowing down my cheeks.
There is no one near to comfort me.
    There is no one who can make me feel better.
My children are like a wasteland,
    because the enemy won.”

17 Zion spread out her hands.
    There was no one to comfort her.
The Lord had given orders to Jacob’s enemies.
    He ordered them to surround the city.
Jerusalem has become a dirty rag
    that her enemies threw away.

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Footnotes

  1. Lamentations 1:15 dearest city Literally, “virgin daughter Judah,” a name for the city of Jerusalem.

15 “The Lord has rejected
    all the warriors in my midst;(A)
he has summoned an army(B) against me
    to[a] crush my young men.(C)
In his winepress(D) the Lord has trampled(E)
    Virgin Daughter(F) Judah.

16 “This is why I weep
    and my eyes overflow with tears.(G)
No one is near to comfort(H) me,
    no one to restore my spirit.
My children are destitute
    because the enemy has prevailed.”(I)

17 Zion stretches out her hands,(J)
    but there is no one to comfort her.
The Lord has decreed for Jacob
    that his neighbors become his foes;(K)
Jerusalem has become
    an unclean(L) thing(M) among them.

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Footnotes

  1. Lamentations 1:15 Or has set a time for me / when he will

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