does the city sit solitary, that was full of people! how is she become as a widow!
she that was great among the nations, and princess among the provinces, how is
she become tributary!
She weeps sore in the night, and 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 are become her enemies.
Judah is gone into captivity because of affliction, and
because of great servitude: she dwells among the heathen, she finds no rest: all
her persecutors overtook her between the straits.
The ways of Zion do mourn, because none come to the solemn
feasts: all her gates are desolate: her priests sigh, her virgins are afflicted,
and she is in bitterness.
Her adversaries are the chief, her enemies prosper; for
the LORD has afflicted her for the multitude of her transgressions: her children
are gone into captivity before the enemy.
And from the daughter of Zion all her beauty is departed:
her princes are become like harts that find no pasture, and they are gone without
strength before the pursuer.
Jerusalem remembered in the days of her affliction and of
her miseries all her pleasant things that she had in the days of old, when her
people fell into the hand of the enemy, and none did help her: the adversaries
saw her, and did mock at her sabbaths.
Jerusalem has grievously sinned; therefore she is removed:
all that honoured her despise her, because they have seen her nakedness: yea,
she sighs, and turns backward.
Her filthiness is in her skirts; she remembers not her last
end; therefore she came down wonderfully: she had no comforter. O LORD, behold
my affliction: for the enemy has magnified himself.
The adversary has spread out his hand upon all her pleasant
things: for she has seen that the heathen entered into her sanctuary, whom you
did command that they should not enter into your congregation.
All her people sigh, they seek bread; they have given their
pleasant things for food to relieve the soul: see, O LORD, and consider; for I
am become vile.
it nothing to you, all you that pass by? behold, and see if there be any sorrow
like unto my sorrow, which is done unto me, wherewith the LORD has afflicted me
in the day of his fierce anger.
From above has he sent fire into my bones, and it prevails
against them: he has spread a net for my feet, he has turned me back: he has made
me desolate and faint all the day.
The yoke of my transgressions is bound by his hand: they
are wreathed, and come up upon my neck: he has made my strength to fall, the LORD
has delivered me into their hands, from whom I am not able to rise up.
LORD has trodden under foot all my mighty men in the midst of me: he has called
an assembly against me to crush my young men: the LORD has trodden the virgin,
the daughter of Judah, as in a winepress.
For these things I weep; mine eye, mine eye runs down with
water, because the comforter that should relieve my soul is far from me: my children
are desolate, because the enemy prevailed.
Zion spreads forth her hands, and there is none to comfort
her: the LORD has commanded concerning Jacob, that his adversaries should be round
about him: Jerusalem is as a menstruous woman among them.
The LORD is righteous; for I have rebelled against his commandment:
hear, I pray you, all people, and behold my sorrow: my virgins and my young men
are gone into captivity.
I called for my lovers, but they deceived me: my priests
and mine elders gave up the spirit in the city, while they sought their food to
relieve their souls.
Behold, O LORD; for I am in distress: my bowels are troubled;
mine heart is turned within me; for I have grievously rebelled: abroad the sword
bereaves, at home there is as death.
They have heard that I sigh: there is none to comfort me:
all mine enemies have heard of my trouble; they are glad that you have done it:
you will bring the day that you have called, and they shall be like unto me.
all their wickedness come before you; and do unto them, as you have done unto
me for all my transgressions: for my sighs are many, and my heart is faint.
2:1 How has
the LORD covered the daughter of Zion with a cloud in his anger, and cast down
from heaven unto the earth the beauty of Israel, and remembered not his footstool
in the day of his anger!
The LORD has swallowed up all the habitations of Jacob,
and has not pitied: he has thrown down in his wrath the strong holds of the daughter
of Judah; he has brought them down to the ground: he has polluted the kingdom
and the princes thereof.
He has cut off in his fierce anger all the horn of Israel:
he has drawn back his right hand from before the enemy, and he burned against
Jacob like a flaming fire, which devours round about.
He has bent his bow like an enemy: he stood with his right
hand as an adversary, and slew all that were pleasant to the eye in the tabernacle
of the daughter of Zion: he poured out his fury like fire.
The LORD was as an enemy: he has swallowed up Israel, he
has swallowed up all her palaces: he has destroyed his strong holds, and has increased
in the daughter of Judah mourning and lamentation.
And he has violently taken away his tabernacle, as if it
were of a garden: he has destroyed his places of the assembly: the LORD has caused
the solemn feasts and sabbaths to be forgotten in Zion, and has despised in the
indignation of his anger the king and the priest.
The LORD has cast off his altar, he has abhorred his sanctuary,
he has given up into the hand of the enemy the walls of her palaces; they have
made a noise in the house of the LORD, as in the day of a solemn feast.
2:8 The LORD
has purposed to destroy the wall of the daughter of Zion: he has stretched out
a line, he has not withdrawn his hand from destroying: therefore he made the rampart
and the wall to lament; they languished together.
Her gates are sunk into the ground; he has destroyed and
broken her bars: her king and her princes are among the Gentiles: the law is no
more; her prophets also find no vision from the LORD.
The elders of the daughter of Zion sit upon the ground,
and keep silence: they have cast up dust upon their heads; they have girded themselves
with sackcloth: the virgins of Jerusalem hang down their heads to the ground.
eyes do fail with tears, my bowels are troubled, my liver is poured upon the earth,
for the destruction of the daughter of my people; because the children and the
infants swoon in the streets of the city.
They say to their mothers, Where is corn and wine? when
they swooned as the wounded in the streets of the city, when their soul was poured
out into their mothers' bosom.
What thing shall I take to witness for you? what thing shall
I liken to you, O daughter of Jerusalem? what shall I equal to you, that I may
comfort you, O virgin daughter of Zion? for your breach is great like the sea:
who can heal you?
Your prophets have seen vain and foolish things for you:
and they have not discovered yours iniquity, to turn away your captivity; but
have seen for you false burdens and causes of banishment.
All that pass by clap their hands at you; they hiss and
shake their head at the daughter of Jerusalem, saying, Is this the city that men
call The perfection of beauty, The joy of the whole earth?
All yours enemies have opened their mouth against you: they
hiss and gnash the teeth: they say, We have swallowed her up: certainly this is
the day that we looked for; we have found, we have seen it.
The LORD has done that which he had devised; he has fulfilled
his word that he had commanded in the days of old: he has thrown down, and has
not pitied: and he has caused yours enemy to rejoice over you, he has set up the
horn of yours adversaries.
Their heart cried unto the LORD, O wall of the daughter
of Zion, let tears run down like a river day and night: give yourself no rest;
let not the apple of yours eye cease.
Arise, cry out in the night: in the beginning of the watches
pour out yours heart like water before the face of the LORD: lift up your hands
toward him for the life of your young children, that faint for hunger in the top
of every street.
O LORD, and consider to whom you have done this. Shall the women eat their fruit,
and children of a span long? shall the priest and the prophet be slain in the
sanctuary of the Lord?
The young and the old lie on the ground in the streets:
my virgins and my young men are fallen by the sword; you have slain them in the
day of yours anger; you have killed, and not pitied.
You have called as in a solemn day my terrors round about,
so that in the day of the LORD's anger none escaped nor remained: those that I
have swaddled and brought up has mine enemy consumed.
I AM the man that has seen affliction by the rod of his
has led me, and brought me into darkness, but not into light.
Surely against me is he turned; he turns his hand against
me all the day.
flesh and my skin has he made old; he has broken my bones.
He has built against me, and compassed me with gall and
has set me in dark places, as they that be dead of old.
He has hedged me about, that I cannot get out: he has made
my chain heavy.
when I cry and shout, he shuts out my prayer.
He has enclosed my ways with hewn stone, he has made my
was unto me as a bear lying in wait, and as a lion in secret places.
He has turned aside my ways, and pulled me in pieces: he
has made me desolate.
He has bent his bow, and set me as a mark for the arrow.
has caused the arrows of his quiver to enter into my reins.
I was a derision to all my people; and their song all the
has filled me with bitterness, he has made me drunken with wormwood.
He has also broken my teeth with gravel stones, he has covered
me with ashes.
you have removed my soul far off from peace: I forgotten about prosperity.
I said, My strength and my hope is perished from the LORD:
Remembering mine affliction and my misery, the wormwood
and the gall.
soul has them still in remembrance, and is humbled in me.
This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope.
3:22 It is
of the LORD's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.
are new every morning: great is your faithfulness.
The LORD is my portion, says my soul; therefore will I hope
LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeks him.
3:26 It is
good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD.
is good for a man that he bear the yoke of his youth.
He sits alone and keeps silence, because he has borne it
puts his mouth in the dust; if so be there may be hope.
He gives his cheek to him that strikes him: he is filled
full with reproach.
For the LORD will not cast off for ever:
But though he cause grief, yet will he have compassion according
to the multitude of his mercies.
For he does not afflict willingly nor grieve the children
crush under his feet all the prisoners of the earth.
To turn aside the right of a man before the face of the
subvert a man in his cause, the LORD approves not.
Who is he that says, and it comes to pass, when the Lord
commands it not?
of the mouth of the most High proceeds not evil and good?
Wherefore does a living man complain, a man for the punishment
of his sins?
us search and try our ways, and return to the LORD.
Let us lift up our heart with our hands unto God in the
have transgressed and have rebelled: you have not pardoned.
You have covered with anger, and persecuted us: you have
slain, you have not pitied.
You have covered yourself with a cloud, that our prayer
should not pass through.
You have made us as the waste and refuse in the midst of
our enemies have opened their mouths against us.
Fear and a snare has come upon us, desolation and destruction.
eye runs down with rivers of water for the destruction of the daughter of my people.
eye trickes down, and ceases not, without any intermission.
Till the LORD look down, and behold from heaven.
eye affects mine heart because of all the daughters of my city.
Mine enemies chased me sore, like a bird, without cause.
have cut off my life in the dungeon, and cast a stone upon me.
Waters flowed over mine head; then I said, I am cut off.
called upon your name, O LORD, out of the low dungeon.
You have heard my voice: hide not yours ear at my breathing,
at my cry.
drew near in the day that I called upon you: you said, Fear not.
O LORD, you have pleaded the causes of my soul; you have
redeemed my life.
O LORD, you have seen my wrong: judge you my cause.
have seen all their vengeance and all their imaginations against me.
You have heard their reproach, O LORD, and all their imaginations
lips of those that rose up against me, and their device against me all the day.
their sitting down, and their rising up; I am their music.
Render unto them a recompence, O LORD, according to the
work of their hands.
Give them sorrow of heart, your curse unto them.
and destroy them in anger from under the heavens of the LORD.
How is the gold become dim! how is the most fine gold changed!
the stones of the sanctuary are poured out in the top of every street.
4:2 The precious
sons of Zion, comparable to fine gold, how are they esteemed as earthen pitchers,
the work of the hands of the potter!
Even the sea monsters draw out the breast, they give suck
to their young ones: the daughter of my people is become cruel, like the ostriches
in the wilderness.
The tongue of the nursing infant cleaves to the roof of
his mouth for thirst: the young children ask bread, and no man breaks it unto
that did feed delicately are desolate in the streets: they that were brought up
in scarlet embrace dunghills.
For the punishment of the iniquity of the daughter of my
people is greater than the punishment of the sin of Sodom, that was overthrown
as in a moment, and no hands stayed on her.
Her Nazarites were purer than snow, they were whiter than
milk, they were more rosy in body than rubies, their polishing was of sapphire:
visage is blacker than a coal; they are not known in the streets: their skin cleaves
to their bones; it is withered, it is become like a stick.
They that be slain with the sword are better than they that
be slain with hunger: for these pine away, stricken through for lack of the fruits
of the field.
hands of the pitiful women have sodden their own children: they were their food
in the destruction of the daughter of my people.
The LORD has accomplished his fury; he has poured out his
fierce anger, and has kindled a fire in Zion, and it has devoured the foundations
kings of the earth, and all the inhabitants of the world, would not have believed
that the adversary and the enemy should have entered into the gates of Jerusalem.
the sins of her prophets, and the iniquities of her priests, that have shed the
blood of the just in the midst of her,
They have wandered as blind men in the streets, they have
polluted themselves with blood, so that men could not touch their garments.
cried unto them, Depart all of you; it is unclean; depart, depart, touch not:
when they fled away and wandered, they said among the heathen, They shall no more
anger of the LORD has divided them; he will no more regard them: they respected
not the persons of the priests, they favoured not the elders.
As for us, our eyes as yet failed for our vain help: in
our watching we have watched for a nation that could not save us.
They hunt our steps, that we cannot go in our streets: our
end is near, our days are fulfilled; for our end has come.
Our persecutors are swifter than the eagles of the heaven:
they pursued us upon the mountains, they laid wait for us in the wilderness.
breath of our nostrils, the anointed of the LORD, was taken in their pits, of
whom we said, Under his shadow we shall live among the heathen.
Rejoice and be glad, O daughter of Edom, that dwell in the
land of Uz; the cup also shall pass through unto you: you shall be drunken, and
shall make yourself naked.
The punishment of yours iniquity is accomplished, O daughter
of Zion; he will no more carry you away into captivity: he will visit yours iniquity,
O daughter of Edom; he will discover your sins.
Remember, O LORD, what has come upon us: consider, and behold
inheritance is turned to strangers, our houses to aliens.
We are orphans and fatherless, our mothers are as widows.
have drunken our water for money; our wood is sold unto us.
Our necks are under persecution: we labour, and have no
have given the hand to the Egyptians, and to the Assyrians, to be satisfied with
fathers have sinned, and are not; and we have borne their iniquities.
have ruled over us: there is none that does deliver us out of their hand.
5:9 We got
our bread with the peril of our lives because of the sword of the wilderness.
skin was black like an oven because of the terrible famine.
They ravished the women in Zion, and the maids in the cities
are hanged up by their hand: the faces of elders were not honoured.
They took the young men to grind, and the children fell
under the wood.
elders have ceased from the gate, the young men from their music.
The joy of our heart is ceased; our dance is turned into
crown is fallen from our head: woe unto us, that we have sinned!
For this our heart is faint; for these things our eyes are
of the mountain of Zion, which is desolate, the foxes walk upon it.
You, O LORD, remain for ever; your throne from generation
do you forget us for ever, and forsake us so long time?
Turn you us unto you, O LORD, and we shall be turned; renew
our days as of old.
But you have utterly rejected us; you are very angry against