10 The elders of Daughter Zion
    sit on the ground in silence;(A)
they have sprinkled dust(B) on their heads(C)
    and put on sackcloth.(D)
The young women of Jerusalem
    have bowed their heads to the ground.(E)

11 My eyes fail from weeping,(F)
    I am in torment within(G);
my heart(H) is poured out(I) on the ground
    because my people are destroyed,(J)
because children and infants faint(K)
    in the streets of the city.

12 They say to their mothers,
    “Where is bread and wine?”(L)
as they faint like the wounded
    in the streets of the city,
as their lives ebb away(M)
    in their mothers’ arms.(N)

13 What can I say for you?(O)
    With what can I compare you,
    Daughter(P) Jerusalem?
To what can I liken you,
    that I may comfort you,
    Virgin Daughter Zion?(Q)
Your wound is as deep as the sea.(R)
    Who can heal you?

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18 The hearts of the people
    cry out to the Lord.(A)
You walls of Daughter Zion,(B)
    let your tears(C) flow like a river
    day and night;(D)
give yourself no relief,
    your eyes no rest.(E)

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

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