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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(BZ)he has withdrawn from them his right hand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.
Great Is Your Faithfulness
3 (EY)I am the man who has seen affliction
under the (EZ)rod of his wrath;
2 he has driven and brought me
(FA)into darkness without any light;
3 surely against me he turns his hand
again and again the whole day long.
4 He has made my flesh and my skin waste away;
(FB)he has broken my bones;
5 (FC)he has besieged and enveloped me
with (FD)bitterness and tribulation;
6 (FE)he has made me dwell in darkness
like the dead of long ago.
7 (FF)He has walled me about so that (FG)I cannot escape;
he has made my chains heavy;
8 though (FH)I call and cry for help,
he shuts out my prayer;
9 (FI)he has blocked my ways with blocks of stones;
he has made my paths crooked.
10 (FJ)He is a bear lying in wait for me,
a lion in hiding;
11 (FK)he turned aside my steps and (FL)tore me to pieces;
(FM)he has made me desolate;
12 (FN)he bent his bow (FO)and set me
as a target for his arrow.
13 He drove into my kidneys
(FP)the arrows of his quiver;
14 (FQ)I have become the laughingstock of all peoples,
(FR)the object of their taunts all day long.
15 (FS)He has filled me with bitterness;
he has sated me with (FT)wormwood.
16 (FU)He has made my teeth grind on gravel,
and (FV)made me cower in ashes;
17 my soul is bereft of peace;
I have forgotten what happiness[i] is;
18 (FW)so I say, “My endurance has perished;
so has my hope from the Lord.”
19 (FX)Remember my affliction and my wanderings,
(FY)the wormwood and (FZ)the gall!
20 My soul continually remembers it
(GA)and is bowed down within me.
21 But this I call to mind,
and (GB)therefore I have hope:
22 (GC)The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;[j]
(GD)his mercies never come to an end;
23 they are new (GE)every morning;
(GF)great is your faithfulness.
24 (GG)“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
(GH)“therefore I will hope in him.”
25 The Lord is good to those who (GI)wait for him,
to the soul who seeks him.
26 (GJ)It is good that one should wait quietly
for the salvation of the Lord.
27 (GK)It is good for a man that he bear
the yoke (GL)in his youth.
28 Let him (GM)sit alone in silence
when it is laid on him;
29 (GN)let him put his mouth in the dust—
there may yet be hope;
30 (GO)let him give his cheek to the one who strikes,
and let him be filled with insults.
31 (GP)For the Lord will not
cast off forever,
32 but, though he (GQ)cause grief, (GR)he will have compassion
(GS)according to the abundance of his steadfast love;
33 (GT)for he does not afflict from his heart
or (GU)grieve the children of men.
37 (GY)Who has spoken and it came to pass,
unless the Lord has commanded it?
38 (GZ)Is it not from the mouth of the Most High
that good and bad come?
39 (HA)Why should a living man complain,
a man, about the punishment of his sins?
43 “You have wrapped yourself with anger and pursued us,
(HF)killing without pity;
44 (HG)you have wrapped yourself with a cloud
so that no prayer can pass through.
45 (HH)You have made us scum and garbage
among the peoples.
46 (HI)“All our enemies
open their mouths against us;
47 (HJ)panic and pitfall have come upon us,
devastation and (HK)destruction;
48 (HL)my eyes flow with rivers of tears
because of the destruction of the daughter of my people.
52 (HO)“I have been hunted (HP)like a bird
by those who were my enemies (HQ)without cause;
53 (HR)they flung me alive into the pit
(HS)and cast stones on me;
54 (HT)water closed over my head;
I said, (HU)‘I am lost.’
55 (HV)“I called on your name, O Lord,
from the depths of the pit;
56 (HW)you heard my plea, ‘Do not close
your ear to my cry for help!’
57 (HX)You came near when I called on you;
you said, (HY)‘Do not fear!’
58 “You have (HZ)taken up my cause, (IA)O Lord;
you have (IB)redeemed my life.
59 You have seen the wrong done to me, (IC)O Lord;
judge my cause.
60 You have seen all their vengeance,
all (ID)their plots against me.
61 (IE)“You have heard their taunts, O Lord,
all (IF)their plots against me.
62 The lips and thoughts (IG)of my assailants
are against me all the day long.
63 (IH)Behold their sitting and their rising;
(II)I am the object of their taunts.
64 (IJ)“You will repay them,[k] O Lord,
(IK)according to the work of their hands.
65 You will give them[l] dullness of heart;
your curse will be[m] on them.
66 You will pursue them[n] in anger and (IL)destroy them
from under (IM)your heavens, O Lord.”[o]
The Holy Stones Lie Scattered
3 Even jackals offer the breast;
they nurse their young;
but the daughter of my people has become cruel,
like the ostriches in the wilderness.
5 Those who once feasted on delicacies
perish in the streets;
(IT)those who were brought up in purple
embrace ash heaps.
8 (IW)Now their face is blacker than soot;
they are not recognized in the streets;
their skin has shriveled on their bones;
it has become as dry as wood.
9 Happier were the victims of the sword
than the victims of hunger,
who wasted away, pierced
by lack of the fruits of the field.
12 (JD)The kings of the earth did not believe,
nor any of the inhabitants of the world,
that foe or enemy could enter
the gates of Jerusalem.
15 “Away! (JI)Unclean!” people cried at them.
“Away! Away! Do not touch!”
So they became fugitives and wanderers;
people said among the nations,
“They shall stay with us no longer.”
19 Our pursuers were (JR)swifter
than the eagles in the heavens;
they chased us on the mountains;
they lay in wait for us in the wilderness.
22 (JZ)The punishment of your iniquity, O daughter of Zion, is accomplished;
he will keep you in exile no longer;[v]
but (KA)your iniquity, O daughter of Edom, he will punish;
he will uncover your sins.
Restore Us to Yourself, O Lord
5 (KB)Remember, O Lord, what has befallen us;
look, and see (KC)our disgrace!
2 (KD)Our inheritance has been turned over to strangers,
our homes to foreigners.
3 We have become orphans, fatherless;
our mothers are like widows.
4 We must pay for the water we drink;
the wood we get must be bought.
5 (KE)Our pursuers are at our necks;
we are weary; we are given no rest.
6 We have given the hand to (KF)Egypt, and to (KG)Assyria,
to get bread enough.
7 Our fathers sinned, and are no more;
(KH)and we bear their iniquities.
8 (KI)Slaves rule over us;
there is none to deliver us from their hand.
9 (KJ)We get our bread at the peril of our lives,
because of the sword in the wilderness.
10 (KK)Our skin is hot as an oven
with (KL)the burning heat of famine.
11 Women are raped in Zion,
young women in the towns of Judah.
12 (KM)Princes are hung up by their hands;
(KN)no respect is shown to the elders.
13 Young men are compelled to (KO)grind at the mill,
and boys stagger (KP)under loads of wood.
14 (KQ)The old men have left the city gate,
the young men (KR)their music.
15 (KS)The joy of our hearts has ceased;
(KT)our dancing has been turned to mourning.
16 (KU)The crown has fallen from our head;
woe to us, for we have sinned!
17 For this (KV)our heart has become sick,
for these things (KW)our eyes have grown dim,
18 for Mount Zion which lies desolate;
(KX)jackals prowl over it.
19 (KY)But you, O Lord, reign forever;
your throne endures to all generations.
20 (KZ)Why do you forget us forever,
why do you forsake us for so many days?
21 (LA)Restore us to yourself, O Lord, that we may be restored!
Renew our days as of old—
22 (LB)unless you have utterly rejected us,
and you remain exceedingly angry with us.
- 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
- Lamentations 3:17 Hebrew good
- Lamentations 3:22 Syriac, Targum; Hebrew Because of the steadfast love of the Lord, we are not cut off
- Lamentations 3:64 Or Repay them
- Lamentations 3:65 Or Give them
- Lamentations 3:65 Or place your curse
- Lamentations 3:66 Or Pursue them
- Lamentations 3:66 Syriac (compare Septuagint, Vulgate); Hebrew the heavens of the Lord
- Lamentations 4:6 Or iniquity
- Lamentations 4:6 Or sin
- Lamentations 4:6 The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain
- Lamentations 4:7 The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain
- Lamentations 4:7 Hebrew lapis lazuli
- Lamentations 4:16 Hebrew The face of the Lord
- Lamentations 4:22 Or he will not exile you again