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17 The Lord has done everything
that he had planned
    and threatened long ago.
He destroyed you without mercy
and let your enemies boast
about
    their powerful forces.[a]

18 Zion, deep in your heart
    you cried out to the Lord.
Now let your tears overflow
    your walls day and night.
Don’t ever lose hope
    or let your tears stop.
19 Get up and pray for help
    all through the night.
Pour out your feelings
    to the Lord,
as you would pour water
    out of a jug.
Beg him to save your people,
who are starving to death
    at every street crossing.

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  1. 2.17 powerful forces: The Hebrew text has “horn,” which refers to the horn of a bull, one of the most powerful animals in ancient Palestine.

17 The Lord has done what he planned;
    he has fulfilled(A) his word,
    which he decreed long ago.(B)
He has overthrown you without pity,(C)
    he has let the enemy gloat over you,(D)
    he has exalted the horn[a] of your foes.(E)

18 The hearts of the people
    cry out to the Lord.(F)
You walls of Daughter Zion,(G)
    let your tears(H) flow like a river
    day and night;(I)
give yourself no relief,
    your eyes no rest.(J)

19 Arise, cry out in the night,
    as the watches of the night begin;
pour out your heart(K) like water
    in the presence of the Lord.(L)
Lift up your hands(M) to him
    for the lives of your children,
who faint(N) from hunger
    at every street corner.

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  1. Lamentations 2:17 Horn here symbolizes strength.