1 How lonely sits the city
That was full of people!
aHow like a widow is she,
Who was great among the nations!
The bprincess among the provinces
Has become a 1slave!
Her tears are on her cheeks;
Among all her lovers
She has none to comfort her.
All her friends have dealt treacherously with her;
They have become her enemies.
3 eJudah has gone into captivity,
Under affliction and hard servitude;
She finds no grest;
All her persecutors overtake her in dire straits.
Because no one comes to the 3set feasts.
All her gates are hdesolate;
Her priests sigh,
Her virgins are afflicted,
And she is in bitterness.
Her enemies prosper;
For the Lord has afflicted her
jBecause of the multitude of her transgressions.
Her kchildren have gone into captivity before the enemy.
All her splendor has departed.
Her princes have become like deer
That find no pasture,
That 5flee without strength
Before the pursuer.
Jerusalem lremembers all her pleasant things
That she had in the days of old.
When her people fell into the hand of the enemy,
With no one to help her,
The adversaries saw her
And mocked at her 6downfall.
8 mJerusalem has sinned gravely,
Therefore she has become 7vile.
All who honored her despise her
Because nthey have seen her nakedness;
Yes, she sighs and turns away.
She odid not consider her destiny;
Therefore her collapse was awesome;
She had no comforter.
“O Lord, behold my affliction,
For the enemy is exalted!”
Over all her 8pleasant things;
Those whom You commanded
qNot to enter Your assembly.
They have given their 2valuables for food to restore life.
“See, O Lord, and consider,
For I am scorned.”
12 “Is it nothing to you, all you who 3pass by?
Behold and see
sIf there is any sorrow like my sorrow,
Which has been brought on me,
Which the Lord has inflicted
In the day of His fierce anger.
And it overpowered them;
He has tspread a net for my feet
And turned me back;
He has made me desolate
And faint all the day.
They were woven together by His hands,
And thrust upon my neck.
He made my strength fail;
The Lord delivered me into the hands of those whom I am not able to withstand.
He has called an assembly against me
To crush my young men;
vThe Lord trampled as in a winepress
The virgin daughter of Judah.
My eye, wmy eye overflows with water;
Because the comforter, who should restore my life,
Is far from me.
My children are desolate
Because the enemy prevailed.”
But no one comforts her;
The Lord has commanded concerning Jacob
That those yaround him become his adversaries;
Jerusalem has become an unclean thing among them.
18 “The Lord is zrighteous,
Hear now, all peoples,
And behold my sorrow;
My virgins and my young men
Have gone into captivity.
But they deceived me;
My priests and my elders
Breathed their last in the city,
While they sought food
To restore their life.
My heart is overturned within me,
For I have been very rebellious.
cOutside the sword bereaves,
At home it is like death.
But no one comforts me.
All my enemies have heard of my trouble;
They are dglad that You have done it.
That they may become like me.
22 “Let fall their wickedness come before You,
And do to them as You have done to me
For all my transgressions;
For my sighs are many,
And my heart is faint.”
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