17 “Speak this word to them:

“‘Let my eyes overflow with tears(A)
    night and day without ceasing;
for the Virgin(B) Daughter, my people,
    has suffered a grievous wound,
    a crushing blow.(C)
18 If I go into the country,
    I see those slain by the sword;
if I go into the city,
    I see the ravages of famine.(D)
Both prophet and priest
    have gone to a land they know not.(E)’”

19 Have you rejected Judah completely?(F)
    Do you despise Zion?
Why have you afflicted us
    so that we cannot be healed?(G)
We hoped for peace
    but no good has come,
for a time of healing
    but there is only terror.(H)
20 We acknowledge(I) our wickedness, Lord,
    and the guilt of our ancestors;(J)
    we have indeed sinned(K) against you.
21 For the sake of your name(L) do not despise us;
    do not dishonor your glorious throne.(M)
Remember your covenant(N) with us
    and do not break it.
22 Do any of the worthless idols(O) of the nations bring rain?(P)
    Do the skies themselves send down showers?
No, it is you, Lord our God.
    Therefore our hope is in you,
    for you are the one who does all this.(Q)

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