Holman Christian Standard Bible
Judgment on Jerusalem
2 Without compassion(C) the Lord has swallowed up
all the dwellings of Jacob.
In His wrath He has demolished
the fortified cities(D) of Daughter Judah.
He brought them to the ground
and defiled the kingdom and its leaders.(E)
5 The Lord is like an enemy;
He has swallowed up Israel.
He swallowed up all its palaces
and destroyed its fortified cities.
He has multiplied mourning and lamentation
within Daughter Judah.(J)
6 He has done violence to His temple[c]
as if it were a garden booth,
destroying His place of meeting.(K)
The Lord has abolished
appointed festivals and Sabbaths in Zion.
He has despised king and priest
in His fierce anger.
7 The Lord has rejected His altar,
repudiated His sanctuary;(L)
He has handed the walls of her palaces
over to the enemy.
They have raised a shout in the house of the Lord
as on the day of an appointed festival.
8 The Lord determined to destroy
the wall of Daughter Zion.
He stretched out a measuring line(M)
and did not restrain Himself from destroying.
He made the ramparts and walls grieve;
together they waste away.
9 Zion’s gates have fallen to the ground;(N)
He has destroyed and shattered the bars on her gates.
Her king and her leaders live among the nations,
instruction[d] is no more,
and even her prophets receive
no vision from the Lord.(O)
11 My eyes are worn out from weeping;(R)
I am churning within.
My heart is poured out in grief[e](S)
because of the destruction of my dear people,(T)
because children and infants faint
in the streets of the city.(U)
12 They cry out to their mothers:
Where is the grain and wine?(V)
as they faint like the wounded
in the streets of the city,
as their lives fade away
in the arms of their mothers.
13 What can I say on your behalf?
What can I compare you to, Daughter Jerusalem?
What can I liken you to,
so that I may console you, Virgin Daughter Zion?
For your ruin is as vast as the sea.
Who can heal you?(W)
15 All who pass by
scornfully clap their hands(Z) at you.
They mock[f](AA) and shake their heads(AB)
at Daughter Jerusalem:
Is this the city that was called
the perfection of beauty,(AC)
the joy of the whole earth?(AD)
17 The Lord has done what He planned;
He has accomplished His decree,
which He ordained in days of old.
He has demolished without compassion,(AH)
letting the enemy gloat over you
and exalting the horn of your adversaries.
19 Arise, cry out in the night
from the first watch of the night.
Pour out your heart like water
before the Lord’s presence.(AK)
Lift up your hands to Him
for the lives of your children
who are fainting from hunger
on the corner of every street.(AL)
21 Both young and old
are lying on the ground in the streets.
My young men and women
have fallen by the sword.
You have killed them in the day of Your anger,
slaughtering without compassion.(AN)
- Lamentations 2:1 Either the ark of the covenant or the temple
- Lamentations 2:4 Lit killed all the delights of the eye; Ezk 24:16
- Lamentations 2:6 Lit booth
- Lamentations 2:9 Or the law
- Lamentations 2:11 Lit My liver is poured out on the ground
- Lamentations 2:15 Lit hiss
- Lamentations 2:18 Lit and the daughter of your
- Lamentations 2:20 Or infants in a healthy condition; Hb obscure
- Lamentations 2:22 Or terrors
- Lamentations 2:22 Or I bore healthy; Hb obscure