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2 [a]How the Lord has covered Daughter Zion
with the cloud of his anger[b]!(A)
He has hurled down the splendor of Israel
from heaven to earth;
he has not remembered his footstool(B)
in the day of his anger.(C)
2 Without pity(D) the Lord has swallowed(E) up
all the dwellings of Jacob;
in his wrath he has torn down
the strongholds(F) of Daughter Judah.
He has brought her kingdom and its princes
down to the ground(G) in dishonor.
3 In fierce anger he has cut off
every horn[c][d](H) of Israel.
He has withdrawn his right hand(I)
at the approach of the enemy.
He has burned in Jacob like a flaming fire
that consumes everything around it.(J)
4 Like an enemy he has strung his bow;(K)
his right hand is ready.
Like a foe he has slain
all who were pleasing to the eye;(L)
he has poured out his wrath(M) like fire(N)
on the tent(O) of Daughter Zion.
6 He has laid waste his dwelling like a garden;
he has destroyed(T) his place of meeting.(U)
The Lord has made Zion forget
her appointed festivals and her Sabbaths;(V)
in his fierce anger he has spurned
both king and priest.(W)
7 The Lord has rejected his altar
and abandoned his sanctuary.(X)
He has given the walls of her palaces(Y)
into the hands of the enemy;
they have raised a shout in the house of the Lord
as on the day of an appointed festival.(Z)
8 The Lord determined to tear down
the wall around Daughter Zion.(AA)
He stretched out a measuring line(AB)
and did not withhold his hand from destroying.
He made ramparts(AC) and walls lament;
together they wasted away.(AD)
9 Her gates(AE) have sunk into the ground;
their bars(AF) he has broken and destroyed.
Her king and her princes are exiled(AG) among the nations,
the law(AH) is no more,
and her prophets(AI) no longer find
visions(AJ) from the Lord.
10 The elders of Daughter Zion
sit on the ground in silence;(AK)
they have sprinkled dust(AL) on their heads(AM)
and put on sackcloth.(AN)
The young women of Jerusalem
have bowed their heads to the ground.(AO)
11 My eyes fail from weeping,(AP)
I am in torment within(AQ);
my heart(AR) is poured out(AS) on the ground
because my people are destroyed,(AT)
because children and infants faint(AU)
in the streets of the city.
13 What can I say for you?(AY)
With what can I compare you,
To what can I liken you,
that I may comfort you,
Virgin Daughter Zion?(BA)
Your wound is as deep as the sea.(BB)
Who can heal you?
15 All who pass your way
clap their hands at you;(BF)
they scoff(BG) and shake their heads(BH)
at Daughter Jerusalem:(BI)
“Is this the city that was called
the perfection of beauty,(BJ)
the joy of the whole earth?”(BK)
16 All your enemies open their mouths
wide against you;(BL)
they scoff and gnash their teeth(BM)
and say, “We have swallowed her up.(BN)
This is the day we have waited for;
we have lived to see it.”(BO)
17 The Lord has done what he planned;
he has fulfilled(BP) his word,
which he decreed long ago.(BQ)
He has overthrown you without pity,(BR)
he has let the enemy gloat over you,(BS)
he has exalted the horn[e] of your foes.(BT)
19 Arise, cry out in the night,
as the watches of the night begin;
pour out your heart(BZ) like water
in the presence of the Lord.(CA)
Lift up your hands(CB) to him
for the lives of your children,
who faint(CC) from hunger
at every street corner.
20 “Look, Lord, and consider:
Whom have you ever treated like this?
Should women eat their offspring,(CD)
the children they have cared for?(CE)
Should priest and prophet be killed(CF)
in the sanctuary of the Lord?(CG)
21 “Young and old lie together
in the dust of the streets;
my young men and young women
have fallen by the sword.(CH)
You have slain them in the day of your anger;
you have slaughtered them without pity.(CI)
22 “As you summon to a feast day,
so you summoned against me terrors(CJ) on every side.
In the day of the Lord’s anger
no one escaped(CK) or survived;
those I cared for and reared(CL)
my enemy has destroyed.”
3 [f]I am the man who has seen affliction(CM)
by the rod of the Lord’s wrath.(CN)
2 He has driven me away and made me walk
in darkness(CO) rather than light;
3 indeed, he has turned his hand against me(CP)
again and again, all day long.
4 He has made my skin and my flesh grow old(CQ)
and has broken my bones.(CR)
5 He has besieged me and surrounded me
with bitterness(CS) and hardship.(CT)
6 He has made me dwell in darkness
like those long dead.(CU)
7 He has walled me in so I cannot escape;(CV)
he has weighed me down with chains.(CW)
8 Even when I call out or cry for help,(CX)
he shuts out my prayer.(CY)
9 He has barred(CZ) my way with blocks of stone;
he has made my paths crooked.(DA)
10 Like a bear lying in wait,
like a lion(DB) in hiding,(DC)
11 he dragged me from the path and mangled(DD) me
and left me without help.
12 He drew his bow(DE)
and made me the target(DF) for his arrows.(DG)
13 He pierced(DH) my heart
with arrows from his quiver.(DI)
14 I became the laughingstock(DJ) of all my people;(DK)
they mock me in song(DL) all day long.
15 He has filled me with bitter herbs
and given me gall to drink.(DM)
16 He has broken my teeth with gravel;(DN)
he has trampled me in the dust.(DO)
17 I have been deprived of peace;
I have forgotten what prosperity is.
18 So I say, “My splendor is gone
and all that I had hoped from the Lord.”(DP)
19 I remember my affliction and my wandering,
the bitterness(DQ) and the gall.(DR)
20 I well remember them,
and my soul is downcast(DS) within me.(DT)
21 Yet this I call to mind
and therefore I have hope:
22 Because of the Lord’s great love(DU) we are not consumed,(DV)
for his compassions never fail.(DW)
23 They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.(DX)
24 I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion;(DY)
therefore I will wait for him.”
25 The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him,
to the one who seeks him;(DZ)
26 it is good to wait quietly(EA)
for the salvation of the Lord.(EB)
27 It is good for a man to bear the yoke
while he is young.
28 Let him sit alone in silence,(EC)
for the Lord has laid it on him.
29 Let him bury his face in the dust(ED)—
there may yet be hope.(EE)
30 Let him offer his cheek to one who would strike him,(EF)
and let him be filled with disgrace.(EG)
31 For no one is cast off
by the Lord forever.(EH)
32 Though he brings grief, he will show compassion,
so great is his unfailing love.(EI)
33 For he does not willingly bring affliction
or grief to anyone.(EJ)
37 Who can speak and have it happen
if the Lord has not decreed it?(EM)
38 Is it not from the mouth of the Most High
that both calamities and good things come?(EN)
39 Why should the living complain
when punished for their sins?(EO)
40 Let us examine our ways and test them,(EP)
and let us return to the Lord.(EQ)
41 Let us lift up our hearts and our hands
to God in heaven,(ER) and say:
42 “We have sinned and rebelled(ES)
and you have not forgiven.(ET)
43 “You have covered yourself with anger and pursued(EU) us;
you have slain without pity.(EV)
44 You have covered yourself with a cloud(EW)
so that no prayer(EX) can get through.(EY)
45 You have made us scum(EZ) and refuse
among the nations.
46 “All our enemies have opened their mouths
wide(FA) against us.(FB)
47 We have suffered terror and pitfalls,(FC)
ruin and destruction.(FD)”
48 Streams of tears(FE) flow from my eyes(FF)
because my people are destroyed.(FG)
52 Those who were my enemies without cause
hunted me like a bird.(FJ)
53 They tried to end my life in a pit(FK)
and threw stones at me;
54 the waters closed over my head,(FL)
and I thought I was about to perish.(FM)
55 I called on your name, Lord,
from the depths(FN) of the pit.(FO)
56 You heard my plea:(FP) “Do not close your ears
to my cry for relief.”
57 You came near(FQ) when I called you,
and you said, “Do not fear.”(FR)
58 You, Lord, took up my case;(FS)
you redeemed my life.(FT)
59 Lord, you have seen the wrong done to me.(FU)
Uphold my cause!(FV)
60 You have seen the depth of their vengeance,
all their plots against me.(FW)
61 Lord, you have heard their insults,(FX)
all their plots against me—
62 what my enemies whisper and mutter
against me all day long.(FY)
63 Look at them! Sitting or standing,
they mock me in their songs.(FZ)
64 Pay them back what they deserve, Lord,
for what their hands have done.(GA)
65 Put a veil over their hearts,(GB)
and may your curse be on them!
66 Pursue(GC) them in anger and destroy them
from under the heavens of the Lord.
2 How the precious children of Zion,(GE)
once worth their weight in gold,
are now considered as pots of clay,
the work of a potter’s hands!
3 Even jackals offer their breasts
to nurse their young,
but my people have become heartless
like ostriches in the desert.(GF)
6 The punishment of my people
is greater than that of Sodom,(GL)
which was overthrown in a moment
without a hand turned to help her.
7 Their princes were brighter than snow
and whiter than milk,
their bodies more ruddy than rubies,
their appearance like lapis lazuli.
10 With their own hands compassionate women
have cooked their own children,(GQ)
who became their food
when my people were destroyed.
12 The kings of the earth did not believe,
nor did any of the peoples of the world,
that enemies and foes could enter
the gates of Jerusalem.(GW)
18 People stalked us at every step,
so we could not walk in our streets.
Our end was near, our days were numbered,
for our end had come.(HJ)
- Lamentations 2:1 This chapter is an acrostic poem, the verses of which begin with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet.
- Lamentations 2:1 Or How the Lord in his anger / has treated Daughter Zion with contempt
- Lamentations 2:3 Or off / all the strength; or every king
- Lamentations 2:3 Horn here symbolizes strength.
- Lamentations 2:17 Horn here symbolizes strength.
- Lamentations 3:1 This chapter is an acrostic poem; the verses of each stanza begin with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet, and the verses within each stanza begin with the same letter.
- Lamentations 4:1 This chapter is an acrostic poem, the verses of which begin with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet.