Lamentations 1-5New International Version (NIV)
1 [a]How deserted lies the city,
2 Bitterly she weeps at night,
3 After affliction and harsh labor,
4 The roads to Zion mourn,
5 Her foes have become her masters;
6 All the splendor has departed
7 In the days of her affliction and wandering
8 Jerusalem has sinned greatly
9 Her filthiness clung to her skirts;
10 The enemy laid hands
11 All her people groan
12 “Is it nothing to you, all you who pass by?
13 “From on high he sent fire,
14 “My sins have been bound into a yoke[b];
15 “The Lord has rejected
16 “This is why I weep
17 Zion stretches out her hands,
18 “The Lord is righteous,
19 “I called to my allies
20 “See, Lord, how distressed I am!
21 “People have heard my groaning,
22 “Let all their wickedness come before you;
2 Without pity the Lord has swallowed up
4 Like an enemy he has strung his bow;
5 The Lord is like an enemy;
6 He has laid waste his dwelling like a garden;
7 The Lord has rejected his altar
8 The Lord determined to tear down
9 Her gates have sunk into the ground;
10 The elders of Daughter Zion
11 My eyes fail from weeping,
12 They say to their mothers,
13 What can I say for you?
14 The visions of your prophets
15 All who pass your way
16 All your enemies open their mouths
17 The Lord has done what he planned;
18 The hearts of the people
19 Arise, cry out in the night,
20 “Look, Lord, and consider:
21 “Young and old lie together
22 “As you summon to a feast day,
3 [i]I am the man who has seen affliction
4 He has made my skin and my flesh grow old
7 He has walled me in so I cannot escape;
10 Like a bear lying in wait,
13 He pierced my heart
16 He has broken my teeth with gravel;
19 I remember my affliction and my wandering,
22 Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
25 The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him,
28 Let him sit alone in silence,
31 For no one is cast off
34 To crush underfoot
37 Who can speak and have it happen
40 Let us examine our ways and test them,
43 “You have covered yourself with anger and pursued us;
46 “All our enemies have opened their mouths
49 My eyes will flow unceasingly,
52 Those who were my enemies without cause
55 I called on your name, Lord,
58 You, Lord, took up my case;
61 Lord, you have heard their insults,
64 Pay them back what they deserve, Lord,
4 [j]How the gold has lost its luster,
2 How the precious children of Zion,
3 Even jackals offer their breasts
4 Because of thirst the infant’s tongue
5 Those who once ate delicacies
6 The punishment of my people
7 Their princes were brighter than snow
8 But now they are blacker than soot;
9 Those killed by the sword are better off
10 With their own hands compassionate women
11 The Lord has given full vent to his wrath;
12 The kings of the earth did not believe,
13 But it happened because of the sins of her prophets
14 Now they grope through the streets
15 “Go away! You are unclean!” people cry to them.
16 The Lord himself has scattered them;
17 Moreover, our eyes failed,
18 People stalked us at every step,
19 Our pursuers were swifter
20 The Lord’s anointed, our very life breath,
21 Rejoice and be glad, Daughter Edom,
22 Your punishment will end, Daughter Zion;
5 Remember, Lord, what has happened to us;
19 You, Lord, reign forever;
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