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2 a How the Lord has covered Daughter Zion

with the cloud of his angerb!x

He has hurled down the splendor of Israel

from heaven to earth;

he has not remembered his footstooly

in the day of his anger.z

Without pitya the Lord has swallowedb up

all the dwellings of Jacob;

in his wrath he has torn down

the strongholdsc of Daughter Judah.

He has brought her kingdom and its princes

down to the groundd in dishonor.

In fierce anger he has cut off

every hornc,d e of Israel.

He has withdrawn his right handf

at the approach of the enemy.

He has burned in Jacob like a flaming fire

that consumes everything around it.g

Like an enemy he has strung his bow;h

his right hand is ready.

Like a foe he has slain

all who were pleasing to the eye;i

he has poured out his wrathj like firek

on the tentl of Daughter Zion.

The Lord is like an enemy;m

he has swallowed up Israel.

He has swallowed up all her palaces

and destroyed her strongholds.n

He has multiplied mourning and lamentationo

for Daughter Judah.p

He has laid waste his dwelling like a garden;

he has destroyedq his place of meeting.r

The Lord has made Zion forget

her appointed festivals and her Sabbaths;s

in his fierce anger he has spurned

both king and priest.t

The Lord has rejected his altar

and abandoned his sanctuary.u

He has given the walls of her palacesv

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.w

The Lord determined to tear down

the wall around Daughter Zion.x

He stretched out a measuring liney

and did not withhold his hand from destroying.

He made rampartsz and walls lament;

together they wasted away.a

Her gatesb have sunk into the ground;

their barsc he has broken and destroyed.

Her king and her princes are exiledd among the nations,

the lawe is no more,

and her prophetsf no longer find

visionsg from the Lord.

10 The elders of Daughter Zion

sit on the ground in silence;h

they have sprinkled dusti on their headsj

and put on sackcloth.k

The young women of Jerusalem

have bowed their heads to the ground.l

11 My eyes fail from weeping,m

I am in torment withinn;

my hearto is poured outp on the ground

because my people are destroyed,q

because children and infants faintr

in the streets of the city.

12 They say to their mothers,

“Where is bread and wine?”s

as they faint like the wounded

in the streets of the city,

as their lives ebb awayt

in their mothers’ arms.u

13 What can I say for you?v

With what can I compare you,

Daughterw Jerusalem?

To what can I liken you,

that I may comfort you,

Virgin Daughter Zion?x

Your wound is as deep as the sea.y

Who can heal you?

14 The visions of your prophets

were falsez and worthless;

they did not expose your sin

to ward off your captivity.a

The prophecies they gave you

were false and misleading.b

15 All who pass your way

clap their hands at you;c

they scoffd and shake their headse

at Daughter Jerusalem:f

“Is this the city that was called

the perfection of beauty,g

the joy of the whole earth?”h

16 All your enemies open their mouths

wide against you;i

they scoff and gnash their teethj

and say, “We have swallowed her up.k

This is the day we have waited for;

we have lived to see it.”l

17 The Lord has done what he planned;

he has fulfilledm his word,

which he decreed long ago.n

He has overthrown you without pity,o

he has let the enemy gloat over you,p

he has exalted the horne of your foes.q

18 The hearts of the people

cry out to the Lord.r

You walls of Daughter Zion,s

let your tearst flow like a river

day and night;u

give yourself no relief,

your eyes no rest.v

19 Arise, cry out in the night,

as the watches of the night begin;

pour out your heartw like water

in the presence of the Lord.x

Lift up your handsy to him

for the lives of your children,

who faintz from hunger

at every street corner.

20 “Look, Lord, and consider:

Whom have you ever treated like this?

Should women eat their offspring,a

the children they have cared for?b

Should priest and prophet be killedc

in the sanctuary of the Lord?d

21 “Young and old lie together

in the dust of the streets;

my young men and young women

have fallen by the sword.e

You have slain them in the day of your anger;

you have slaughtered them without pity.f

22 “As you summon to a feast day,

so you summoned against me terrorsg on every side.

In the day of the Lord’s anger

no one escapedh or survived;

those I cared for and rearedi

my enemy has destroyed.”

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