Lamentations 1-5 New Living Translation (NLT)
Sorrow in Jerusalem
1 Jerusalem, once so full of people,
2 She sobs through the night;
3 Judah has been led away into captivity,
4 The roads to Jerusalem[a] are in mourning,
5 Her oppressors have become her masters,
6 All the majesty of beautiful Jerusalem[b]
7 In the midst of her sadness and wandering,
8 Jerusalem has sinned greatly,
9 She defiled herself with immorality
10 The enemy has plundered her completely,
11 Her people groan as they search for bread.
12 “Does it mean nothing to you, all you who pass by?
13 “He has sent fire from heaven that burns in my bones.
14 “He wove my sins into ropes
15 “The Lord has treated my mighty men
16 “For all these things I weep;
17 Jerusalem reaches out for help,
18 “The Lord is right,” Jerusalem says,
19 “I begged my allies for help,
20 “Lord, see my anguish!
21 “Others heard my groans,
22 “Look at all their evil deeds, Lord.
God’s Anger at Sin
2 The Lord in his anger
2 Without mercy the Lord has destroyed
3 All the strength of Israel
4 He bends his bow against his people,
5 Yes, the Lord has vanquished Israel
6 He has broken down his Temple
7 The Lord has rejected his own altar;
8 The Lord was determined
9 Jerusalem’s gates have sunk into the ground.
10 The leaders of beautiful Jerusalem
11 I have cried until the tears no longer come;
12 They cry out to their mothers,
13 What can I say about you?
14 Your prophets have said
15 All who pass by jeer at you.
16 All your enemies mock you.
17 But it is the Lord who did just as he planned.
18 Cry aloud[k] before the Lord,
19 Rise during the night and cry out.
20 “O Lord, think about this!
21 “See them lying in the streets—
22 “You have invited terrors from all around,
Hope in the Lord’s Faithfulness
3 I am the one who has seen the afflictions
4 He has made my skin and flesh grow old.
7 He has walled me in, and I cannot escape.
10 He has hidden like a bear or a lion,
13 He shot his arrows
16 He has made me chew on gravel.
19 The thought of my suffering and homelessness
22 The faithful love of the Lord never ends![m]
25 The Lord is good to those who depend on him,
28 Let them sit alone in silence
31 For no one is abandoned
34 If people crush underfoot
37 Who can command things to happen
40 Instead, let us test and examine our ways.
43 “You have engulfed us with your anger, chased us down,
46 “All our enemies
49 My tears flow endlessly;
52 My enemies, whom I have never harmed,
55 But I called on your name, Lord,
58 Lord, you have come to my defense;
61 Lord, you have heard the vile names they call me.
64 Pay them back, Lord,
God’s Anger Satisfied
4 How the gold has lost its luster!
2 See how the precious children of Jerusalem,[n]
3 Even the jackals feed their young,
4 The parched tongues of their little ones
5 The people who once ate the richest foods
6 The guilt[o] of my people
7 Our princes once glowed with health—
8 But now their faces are blacker than soot.
9 Those killed by the sword are better off
10 Tenderhearted women
11 But now the anger of the Lord is satisfied.
12 Not a king in all the earth—
13 Yet it happened because of the sins of her prophets
14 They wandered blindly
15 “Get away!” the people shouted at them.
16 The Lord himself has scattered them,
17 We looked in vain for our allies
18 We couldn’t go into the streets
19 Our enemies were swifter than eagles in flight.
20 Our king—the Lord’s anointed, the very life of our nation—
21 Are you rejoicing in the land of Uz,
22 O beautiful Jerusalem,[r] your punishment will end;
Prayer for Restoration
5 Lord, remember what has happened to us.
8 Slaves have now become our masters;
19 But Lord, you remain the same forever!
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