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2 aHow hath the Lord covered the daughter of Zion with a cloud in his anger,

aaAnd cast down from heaven unto the earth bthe beauty of Israel,

And remembered not chis footstool in the day of his anger!

The Lord dhath swallowed up all dthe habitations of Jacob, and ehath not pitied:

fHe hath thrown down in his wrath the strong holds of the daughter of Judah;

He hath brought them down gto the ground: he ghhath polluted the kingdom and hthe princes thereof.

He hath cut off iin his fierce anger all kthe horn of Israel:

lHe hath drawn back his right hand from before the enemy,

And mhe burned against Jacob like a flaming fire, which devoureth round about.

nHe hath bent his bow nnlike an enemy: he stood with his right hand as an adversary,

And slew all othat were pleasant to the eye

In the tabernacle of the daughter of Zion: he poured out his fury like fire.

nnThe Lord was as an enemy: phe hath swallowed up Israel,

pqHe hath swallowed up all her palaces: he hath destroyed his strong holds,

And hath increased in the daughter of Judah rmourning and lamentation.

And she hath violently taken away his ||ttabernacle, as if it were of a garden: he hath destroyed uhis places of the assembly:

The Lord hath caused uthe solemn feasts and vsabbaths to be forgotten in Zion,

And whath despised in the indignation of his anger the king and the priest.

The Lord hath xcast off his altar, he hath yabhorred his sanctuary,

He hath given up into the hand of the enemy the walls of her palaces;

zThey have made a noise in the house of the Lord, as in the day of a solemn feast.

aThe Lord hath purposed to destroy aathe wall of the daughter of Zion:

bHe hath stretched out a line, he hath not withdrawn his hand from destroying:

Therefore he made cthe rampart and the wall to lament; they dlanguished together.

Her gates eare sunk into the ground; he hath destroyed and ibroken her bars:

gHer king and her princes are among the Gentiles: hthe law is no more;

iHer prophets also find no vision from the Lord.

10  The elders of the daughter of Zion klsit upon the ground, and lkeep silence:

They have mcast up dust upon their heads; they have ngirded themselves with sackcloth:

The virgins of Jerusalem hang down their heads to the ground.

11  osMine eyes do fail with tears, pmy bowels are troubled,

qMy liver ris poured upon the earth, sfor the destruction of the daughter of my people;

Because tthe children and tthe sucklings ||swoon in the streets of the city.

12  They say to their mothers, uWhere is corn and wine?

vWhen they swooned as the wounded in the streets of the city,

When their soul was poured out into their mothers’ bosom.

13  What thing shall I take to witness for thee? wwhat thing shall I liken to thee, O daughter of Jerusalem?

wWhat shall I equal to thee, that I may comfort thee, O virgin daughter of Zion?

For xthy breach is great like the sea: who can heal thee?

14  Thy xxprophets have seen yvain and zfoolish things for thee:

And athey have not discovered thine iniquity, bto turn away thy captivity;

But have seen for thee false cburdens and causes of banishment.

15  All that pass by eclap their hands at thee;

They dehiss and fwag their head at the daughter of Jerusalem, gsaying,

Is this the city that men call hThe perfection of beauty, iThe joy of the whole earth?

16  jAll thine enemies khave opened their mouth against thee:

They dehiss and lgnash the teeth: they say, mWe have swallowed her up:

Certainly this is the day that we looked for; we have found, nwe have seen it.

17  oThe Lord hath done that which he had devised; he hath fulfilled his word that he had commanded pin the days of old:

qHe hath thrown down, qand hath not pitied: and he hath rcaused thine enemy to rejoice over thee,

He hath set up sthe horn of thine adversaries.

18  Their heart cried unto the Lord,

tO wall of the daughter of Zion, ulet tears run down like a river vday and night:

Give thyself no wrest; let not xthe apple of thine eye cease.

19  Arise, ycry out in the night: in the beginning of zthe watches

aPour out thine heart blike water before the face of the Lord:

Lift up thy hands toward him for the life of cthy young children,

cThat faint for hunger din the top of every street.

20  Behold, O Lord, and consider to whom ethou hast done this.

fShall the women eat their fruit, and children ||gof a span long?

Shall ithe priest and hthe prophet be slain in the sanctuary of the Lord?

21  iThe young and the old lie on the ground in the streets:

iMy virgins and my young men are fallen by the sword;

kThou hast slain them in the day of thine anger; thou hast killed, kand not pitied.

22  Thou hast called as in la solemn day mmy terrors round about,

So that in the day of the Lord’s anger none nescaped nor remained:

oThose that I have pswaddled and brought up hath mine enemy consumed.

KJV 1900

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This King James Version is based upon the Pure Cambridge Edition first published around 1900. It has been carefully typeset to remove any typographical errors and accurately reflects the original text.

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