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Lamentations 1:1-6 Good News Translation (GNT)

The Sorrows of Jerusalem

How lonely lies Jerusalem, once so full of people!
    Once honored by the world, she is now like a widow;
    The noblest of cities has fallen into slavery.

All night long she cries; tears run down her cheeks.
    Of all her former friends, not one is left to comfort her.
    Her allies have betrayed her and are all against her now.

Judah's people are helpless slaves, forced away from home.[a]
    They live in other lands, with no place to call their own—
    Surrounded by enemies, with no way to escape.

No one comes to the Temple now to worship on the holy days.
    The young women who sang there suffer, and the priests can only groan.
    The city gates stand empty, and Zion is in agony.

Her enemies succeeded; they hold her in their power.
    The Lord has made her suffer for all her many sins;
    Her children have been captured and taken away.

The splendor of Jerusalem is a thing of the past.
    Her leaders are like deer that are weak from hunger,
    Whose strength is almost gone as they flee from the hunters.


  1. Lamentations 1:3 are helpless … home; or fled from home, from the misery of slavery.
Good News Translation (GNT)

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Lamentations 1:1-6 New International Version (NIV)

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

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

After affliction and harsh labor,
    Judah has gone into exile.
She dwells among the nations;
    she finds no resting place.
All who pursue her have overtaken her
    in the midst of her distress.

The roads to Zion mourn,
    for no one comes to her appointed festivals.
All her gateways are desolate,
    her priests groan,
her young women grieve,
    and she is in bitter anguish.

Her foes have become her masters;
    her enemies are at ease.
The Lord has brought her grief
    because of her many sins.
Her children have gone into exile,
    captive before the foe.

All the splendor has departed
    from Daughter Zion.
Her princes are like deer
    that find no pasture;
in weakness they have fled
    before the pursuer.


  1. Lamentations 1:1 This chapter is an acrostic poem, the verses of which begin with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet.
New International Version (NIV)

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