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15 The Lord has turned away from all my strong soldiers. He has sent an army against me to crush my young men. The Lord has crushed the pure daughters of Judah like grapes are crushed to make wine. 16 This is why I cry. Tears flow from my eyes, because a comforter is far from me who would give strength to my soul. My children are destroyed, because those who hate me have won.” 17 Zion has put out her hands, but there is no one to comfort her. The Lord has spoken against Jacob, that his neighbors should fight against him. Jerusalem has become unclean to them.

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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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