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How Lonely Sits the City
2 (E)She weeps bitterly in the night,
with tears on her cheeks;
(F)among all her lovers
she has (G)none to comfort her;
(H)all her friends have dealt treacherously with her;
they have become her enemies.
3 (I)Judah has gone into exile because of affliction[a]
and hard servitude;
(J)she dwells now among the nations,
(K)but finds no resting place;
her pursuers have all overtaken her
in the midst of her distress.[b]
6 From the daughter of Zion
all her majesty has departed.
Her princes have become like deer
(T)that find no pasture;
they fled without strength
before the pursuer.
7 Jerusalem remembers
in the days of her affliction and wandering
(U)all the precious things
that were hers from (V)days of old.
When her people fell into the hand of the foe,
and there was none to help her,
her foes gloated over her;
they (W)mocked at her downfall.
9 Her uncleanness was (AA)in her skirts;
(AB)she took no thought of her future;[d]
therefore her fall is terrible;
(AC)she has no comforter.
“O Lord, behold my affliction,
for the enemy has (AD)triumphed!”
14 “My transgressions were bound[f] into (AS)a yoke;
by his hand they were fastened together;
they were set upon my neck;
he caused my strength to fail;
the Lord gave me into the hands
of those whom I cannot withstand.
15 “The Lord rejected
all my mighty men in my midst;
he summoned an assembly against me
to crush my young men;
(AT)the Lord has trodden as in a winepress
the virgin daughter of Judah.
21 “They heard[g] (BG)my groaning,
yet (BH)there is no one to comfort me.
All my enemies have heard of my trouble;
(BI)they are glad that you have done it.
You have brought[h] the day you announced;
(BJ)now let them be as I am.
The Lord Has Destroyed Without Pity
2 How the Lord in his anger
has set the daughter of Zion (BO)under a cloud!
(BP)He has cast down from heaven to earth
the splendor of Israel;
he has not remembered (BQ)his footstool
in the day of his anger.
2 The Lord (BR)has swallowed up (BS)without mercy
all the habitations of Jacob;
in his wrath (BT)he has broken down
the strongholds of the daughter of Judah;
he has brought (BU)down to the ground (BV)in dishonor
the kingdom (BW)and its rulers.
3 He has cut down in (BX)fierce anger
all (BY)the might of Israel;
(BZ)he has withdrawn from them his right hand
in the face of the enemy;
(CA)he has burned like a flaming fire in Jacob,
consuming all around.
4 (CB)He has bent his bow like an enemy,
with his right hand set (CC)like a foe;
and he has killed all who were delightful in our eyes
in the tent of the daughter of Zion;
he has poured out his fury like fire.
5 (CD)The Lord has become like an enemy;
(CE)he has swallowed up Israel;
(CF)he has swallowed up all its palaces;
he has laid in ruins its strongholds,
and he has multiplied in the daughter of Judah
(CG)mourning and lamentation.
7 (CK)The Lord has scorned his altar,
(CL)disowned his sanctuary;
(CM)he has delivered into the hand of the enemy
the walls of her palaces;
(CN)they raised a clamor in the house of the Lord
as on the day of festival.
8 (CO)The Lord determined to lay in ruins
(CP)the wall of the daughter of Zion;
(CQ)he stretched out the measuring line;
he did not restrain his hand from destroying;
(CR)he caused rampart and wall to lament;
(CS)they languished together.
10 The elders of the daughter of Zion
(CX)sit on the ground (CY)in silence;
(CZ)they have thrown dust on their heads
and (DA)put on sackcloth;
the young women of Jerusalem
have bowed their heads to the ground.
11 (DB)My eyes are spent with weeping;
(DC)my stomach churns;
(DD)my bile is poured out to the ground
(DE)because of the destruction of the daughter of my people,
(DF)because infants and babies (DG)faint
in the streets of the city.
13 What can I say for you, (DJ)to what compare you,
O daughter of Jerusalem?
(DK)What can I liken to you, that I may comfort you,
O virgin daughter of Zion?
(DL)For your ruin is vast as the sea;
who can heal you?
14 (DM)Your prophets have seen for you
false and deceptive visions;
(DN)they have not exposed your iniquity
to (DO)restore your fortunes,
(DP)but have seen for you (DQ)oracles
that are false and misleading.
15 All who pass along the way
clap their hands at you;
(DR)they hiss and wag their heads
at the daughter of Jerusalem:
“Is this the city that was called
(DS)the perfection of beauty,
(DT)the joy of all the earth?”
17 The Lord has done what he purposed;
he has carried out (DX)his word,
which he commanded (DY)long ago;
(DZ)he has thrown down (EA)without pity;
(EB)he has made the enemy rejoice over you
and exalted the (EC)might of your foes.
19 “Arise, (EI)cry out in the night,
at the beginning of the night watches!
(EJ)Pour out your heart like water
before the presence of the Lord!
(EK)Lift your hands to him
for the lives of your children,
(EL)who faint for hunger
at the head of every street.”
20 Look, O Lord, and see!
(EM)With whom have you dealt thus?
(EN)Should women eat the fruit of their womb,
the children of (EO)their tender care?
Should (EP)priest and prophet be killed
in the sanctuary of the Lord?
21 In the dust of the streets
(EQ)lie the young and the old;
(ER)my young women and my young men
have fallen by the sword;
(ES)you have killed them in the day of your anger,
slaughtering (ET)without pity.
- Lamentations 1:3 Or under affliction
- Lamentations 1:3 Or in the narrow passes
- Lamentations 1:4 Septuagint, Old Latin dragged away
- Lamentations 1:9 Or end
- Lamentations 1:13 Septuagint; Hebrew bones and
- Lamentations 1:14 The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain
- Lamentations 1:21 Septuagint, Syriac Hear
- Lamentations 1:21 Syriac Bring