[a]How deserted(A) lies the city,
    once so full of people!(B)
How like a widow(C) is she,
    who once was great(D) among the nations!
She who was queen among the provinces
    has now become a slave.(E)

Bitterly she weeps(F) at night,
    tears are on her cheeks.
Among all her lovers(G)
    there is no one to comfort her.
All her friends have betrayed(H) her;
    they have become her enemies.(I)

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  1. Lamentations 1:1 This chapter is an acrostic poem, the verses of which begin with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet.

Jerusalem has sinned(A) greatly
    and so has become unclean.(B)
All who honored her despise her,
    for they have all seen her naked;(C)
she herself groans(D)
    and turns away.

Her filthiness clung to her skirts;
    she did not consider her future.(E)
Her fall(F) was astounding;
    there was none to comfort(G) her.
“Look, Lord, on my affliction,(H)
    for the enemy has triumphed.”

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14 “My sins have been bound into a yoke[a];(A)
    by his hands they were woven together.
They have been hung on my neck,
    and the Lord has sapped my strength.
He has given me into the hands(B)
    of those I cannot withstand.

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

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

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  1. Lamentations 1:14 Most Hebrew manuscripts; many Hebrew manuscripts and Septuagint He kept watch over my sins
  2. Lamentations 1:15 Or has set a time for me / when he will

22 Because of the Lord’s great love(A) we are not consumed,(B)
    for his compassions never fail.(C)
23 They are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness.(D)
24 I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion;(E)
    therefore I will wait for him.”

25 The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him,
    to the one who seeks him;(F)
26 it is good to wait quietly(G)
    for the salvation of the Lord.(H)
27 It is good for a man to bear the yoke
    while he is young.

28 Let him sit alone in silence,(I)
    for the Lord has laid it on him.
29 Let him bury his face in the dust(J)
    there may yet be hope.(K)
30 Let him offer his cheek to one who would strike him,(L)
    and let him be filled with disgrace.(M)

31 For no one is cast off
    by the Lord forever.(N)
32 Though he brings grief, he will show compassion,
    so great is his unfailing love.(O)
33 For he does not willingly bring affliction
    or grief to anyone.(P)

34 To crush underfoot
    all prisoners in the land,
35 to deny people their rights
    before the Most High,(Q)
36 to deprive them of justice—
    would not the Lord see such things?(R)

37 Who can speak and have it happen
    if the Lord has not decreed it?(S)
38 Is it not from the mouth of the Most High
    that both calamities and good things come?(T)
39 Why should the living complain
    when punished for their sins?(U)

40 Let us examine our ways and test them,(V)
    and let us return to the Lord.(W)

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