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God’s Anger with Jerusalem

2 How the Lord has covered the daughter of Zion

With a acloud in His anger!

bHe cast down from heaven to the earth

cThe beauty of Israel,

And did not remember dHis footstool

In the day of His anger.

2 The Lord has swallowed up and has enot pitied

All the dwelling places of Jacob.

He has thrown down in His wrath

The strongholds of the daughter of Judah;

He has brought them down to the ground;

fHe has profaned the kingdom and its princes.

3 He has cut off in fierce anger

Every 1horn of Israel;

gHe has drawn back His right hand

From before the enemy.

hHe has blazed against Jacob like a flaming fire

Devouring all around.

4 iStanding like an enemy, He has bent His bow;

With His right hand, like an adversary,

He has slain jall who were pleasing to His eye;

On the tent of the daughter of Zion,

He has poured out His fury like fire.

5 kThe Lord was like an enemy.

He has swallowed up Israel,

He has swallowed up all her palaces;

lHe has destroyed her strongholds,

And has increased mourning and lamentation

In the daughter of Judah.

6 He has done violence mto His 2tabernacle,

nAs if it were a garden;

He has destroyed His place of assembly;

The Lord has caused

The appointed feasts and Sabbaths to be forgotten in Zion.

In His burning indignation He has ospurned the king and the priest.

7 The Lord has spurned His altar,

He has pabandoned His sanctuary;

He has 3given up the walls of her palaces

Into the hand of the enemy.

qThey have made a noise in the house of the Lord

As on the day of a set feast.

8 The Lord has 4purposed to destroy

The rwall of the daughter of Zion.

sHe has stretched out a line;

He has not withdrawn His hand from destroying;

Therefore He has caused the rampart and wall to lament;

They languished together.

9 Her gates have sunk into the ground;

He has destroyed and tbroken her bars.

uHer king and her princes are among the 5nations;

vThe Law is no more,

And her wprophets find no 6vision from the Lord.

10 The elders of the daughter of Zion

xSit on the ground and keep silence;

7They ythrow dust on their heads

And zgird themselves with sackcloth.

The virgins of Jerusalem

Bow their heads to the ground.

11 aMy eyes fail with tears,

My 8heart is troubled;

bMy 9bile is poured on the ground

Because of the destruction of the daughter of my people,

Because cthe children and the infants

Faint in the streets of the city.

12 They say to their mothers,

“Where is grain and wine?”

As they swoon like the wounded

In the streets of the city,

As their life is poured out

In their mothers’ bosom.

13 How shall I dconsole 1you?

To what shall I liken you,

O daughter of Jerusalem?

What shall I compare with you, that I may comfort you,

O virgin daughter of Zion?

For your ruin is spread wide as the sea;

Who can heal you?

14 Your eprophets have seen for you

False and deceptive visions;

They have not funcovered your iniquity,

To bring back your captives,

But have envisioned for you false gprophecies and delusions.

15 All who 2pass by hclap their hands at you;

They hiss iand shake their heads

At the daughter of Jerusalem:

Is this the city that is called

j‘The perfection of beauty,

The joy of the whole earth’?”

16 kAll your enemies have opened their mouth against you;

They hiss and gnash their teeth.

They say, l“We have swallowed her up!

Surely this is the mday we have waited for;

We have found it, nwe have seen it!

17 The Lord has done what He opurposed;

He has fulfilled His word

Which He commanded in days of old.

He has thrown down and has not pitied,

And He has caused an enemy to prejoice over you;

He has exalted the 3horn of your adversaries.

18 Their heart cried out to the Lord,

“O wall of the daughter of Zion,

qLet tears run down like a river day and night;

Give yourself no relief;

Give 4your eyes no rest.

19 “Arise, rcry out in the night,

At the beginning of the watches;

sPour out your heart like water before the face of the Lord.

Lift your hands toward Him

For the life of your young children,

Who faint from hunger tat the head of every street.”

20 “See, O Lord, and consider!

To whom have You done this?

uShould the women eat their offspring,

The children 5they have cuddled?

Should the priest and prophet be slain

In the sanctuary of the Lord?

21 “Young vand old lie

On the ground in the streets;

My virgins and my young men

Have fallen by the wsword;

You have slain them in the day of Your anger,

You have slaughtered and not pitied.

22 “You have invited as to a feast day

xThe terrors that surround me.

In the day of the Lord’s anger

There was no refugee or survivor.

yThose whom I have borne and brought up

My enemies have zdestroyed.”


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The New King James Version is a total update of the 1611 King James Version, also known as the "Authorized Version." Every attempt has been made to maintain the beauty of the original version while updating the English grammar to contemporary style and usage. The result is much better "readability." It is noteworthy that the NKJV is one of the few modern translations still based on the "Western" or "Byzantine" manuscript tradition. This makes the New King James Version an invaluable aid to comparative English Bible study.


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