Lamentations 1:1-6Contemporary English Version (CEV)
The Prophet Speaks:
1 Jerusalem, once so crowded, lies deserted and lonely. This city that was known all over the world is now like a widow. This queen of the nations has been made a slave. 2 Each night, bitter tears flood her cheeks. None of her former lovers are there to offer comfort; her friends[a] have betrayed her and are now her enemies.
3 The people of Judah are slaves, suffering in a foreign land, with no rest from sorrow. Their enemies captured them and were terribly cruel.[b] 4 The roads to Zion mourn because no one travels there to celebrate the festivals. The city gates are deserted; priests are weeping. Young women are raped;[c] Zion is in sorrow! 5 Enemies now rule the city and live as they please. The Lord has punished Jerusalem because of her awful sins; he has let her people be dragged away.
6 Zion’s glory has disappeared. Her leaders are like deer that cannot find pasture; they are hunted down till their strength is gone.
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