2 a How the Lord has covered Daughter Zion
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
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.
He has withdrawn his right handf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
4 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
on the tentl of Daughter Zion.
5 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
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
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 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
9 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.
sit on the ground in silence;h
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;
because my people are destroyed,q
because children and infants faintr
in the streets of the city.
“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,
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?
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
clap their hands at you;c
at Daughter Jerusalem:f
“Is this the city that was called
the perfection of beauty,g
the joy of the whole earth?”h
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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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