1 aHow lonely sits the city
How like ba widow has she become,
She who was ca princess among the provinces
has become da slave.
2 eShe weeps bitterly in the night,
famong all her lovers
she has gnone to comfort her;
hall her friends have dealt treacherously with her;
3 iJudah has gone into exile because of affliction
jshe dwells now among the nations,
kbut finds no resting place;
in the midst of her distress.1
for none come to lthe festival;
mall her gates are desolate;
her priests ngroan;
her virgins have been afflicted,2
5 oHer foes have become the head;
her penemies prosper,
because qthe Lord has afflicted her
rfor the multitude of her transgressions;
sher children have gone away,
tthat find no pasture;
uall the precious things
that were hers from vdays of old.
they wmocked at her downfall.
8 xJerusalem sinned grievously;
yfor they have seen her nakedness;
she herself zgroans
9 Her uncleanness was ain her skirts;
cshe has no comforter.
for the enemy has dtriumphed!”
over all her eprecious things;
for she has seen fthe nations
those whom you gforbade
11 All her people zgroan
as hthey search for bread;
12 “Is it nothing to you, all jyou who pass by?
kLook and see
which lthe Lord inflicted
on mthe day of his fierce anger.
13 “From on high he nsent fire;
into my bones4 he made it descend;
ohe spread a net for my feet;
phe has left me stunned,
rthe Lord has trodden as in a winepress
16 “For these things sI weep;
for ta comforter is far from me,
one to urevive my spirit;
17 vZion stretches out her hands,
but tthere is none to comfort her;
18 w“The Lord is in the right,
xfor I have rebelled against his word;
ymy young women and my young men
19 “I called to zmy lovers,
while athey sought food
bmy stomach churns;
cIn the street the sword bereaves;
yet ethere is no one to comfort me.
fthey are glad that you have done it.
You have brought7 the day you announced;
fnow let them be as I am.
22 g“Let all their evildoing come before you,
as hyou have dealt with me
for dmy groans are many,
and imy heart is faint.”
has set the daughter of Zion junder a cloud!
kHe has cast down from heaven to earth
he has not remembered lhis footstool
in his wrath ohe has broken down
the kingdom qand its rulers.
3 He has cut down in rfierce anger
all sthe might of Israel;
the has withdrawn from them his right hand
uhe has burned like a flaming fire in Jacob,
4 vHe has bent his bow like an enemy,
with his right hand set wlike a foe;
5 wThe Lord has become like an enemy;
xhe has swallowed up Israel;
yhe has swallowed up all its palaces;
zmourning and lamentation.
laid in ruins ahis meeting place;
athe Lord has made Zion forget
festival and bSabbath,
7 cThe Lord has scorned his altar,
ddisowned his sanctuary;
ehe has delivered into the hand of the enemy
fthey raised a clamor in the house of the Lord
8 gThe Lord determined to lay in ruins
hthe wall of the daughter of Zion;
ihe stretched out the measuring line;
jhe caused rampart and wall to lament;
jthey languished together.
lher king and princes are among the nations;
and mher prophets find
pthey have thrown dust on their heads
and qput on sackcloth;
11 rMy eyes are spent with weeping;
smy stomach churns;
tmy bile is poured out to the ground
ubecause of the destruction of the daughter of my people,
x“Where is bread and wine?”
was they faint like a wounded man
13 What can I say for you, yto what compare you,
yWhat can I liken to you, that I may comfort you,
zFor your ruin is vast as the sea;
14 aYour prophets have seen for you
bthey have not exposed your iniquity
to crestore your fortunes,
fthey hiss and wag their heads
gthe perfection of beauty,
gthe joy of all the earth?”
16 hAll your enemies
they cry: “We ihave swallowed her!
now we have it; jwe see it!”
he has carried out khis word,
which he commanded llong ago;
ohe has made the enemy rejoice over you
and exalted the pmight of your foes.
O qwall of the daughter of Zion,
rlet tears stream down like a torrent
sday and night!
tGive yourself no rest,
uyour eyes no respite!
19 “Arise, vcry out in the night,
wPour out your heart like water
xLift your hands to him
ywho faint for hunger
zWith whom have you dealt thus?
aShould women eat the fruit of their womb,
the children of btheir tender care?
Should cpriest and prophet be killed
dlie the young and the old;
dmy young women and my young men
eyou have killed them in the day of your anger,
slaughtering fwithout pity.
22 You summoned as if to ga festival day
hmy terrors on every side,
iand on the day of the anger of the Lord
jthose whom I held and raised
3 kI am the man who has seen affliction
under the lrod of his wrath;
minto darkness without any light;
nhe has broken my bones;
5 ohe has besieged and enveloped me
with pbitterness and tribulation;
6 qhe has made me dwell in darkness
8 though tI call and cry for help,
9 rhe has blocked my ways with blocks of stones;
10 uHe is a bear lying in wait for me,
whe has made me desolate;
zthe arrows of his quiver;
14 aI have become the laughingstock of all peoples,
bthe object of their taunts all day long.
15 cHe has filled me with bitterness;
he has sated me with dwormwood.
16 eHe has made my teeth grind on gravel,
and fmade me cower in ashes;
I have forgotten what happiness8 is;
18 gso I say, “My endurance has perished;
19 hRemember my affliction and my wanderings,
jand is bowed down within me.
and ktherefore I have hope:
lhis mercies never come to an end;
23 they are new mevery morning;
ngreat is your faithfulness.
24 o“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
k“therefore I will hope in him.”
25 The Lord is good to those who pwait for him,
26 qIt is good that one should wait quietly
27 rIt is good for a man that he bear
the yoke sin his youth.
28 Let him tsit alone in silence
29 ulet him put his mouth in the dust—
30 vlet him give his cheek to the one who strikes,
31 wFor the Lord will not
zaccording to the abundance of his steadfast love;
33 afor he does not afflict from his heart
or bgrieve the children of men.
all cthe prisoners of the earth,
35 dto deny a man justice
dthe Lord does not approve.