How does the city sit solitary, [that was] full of people! [How] she has become as a widow! She [that was] great among the nations, [and] princess among the provinces, [how] she has become tributary!
She weeps sore in the night, and her tears [are] on her cheeks, she has none to comfort [her] among all her lovers, all her friends have dealt treacherously with her, they have become her enemies.
Judah has 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 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 have gone into captivity before the enemy.
And from the daughter of Zion, all her beauty has departed, her princes have become like harts [that] find no pasture, and they have gone without strength before the pursuer.
Jerusalem remembered in the days of her affliction and 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 helped her, the adversaries saw her, [and] mocked at her sabbaths.
Jerusalem has grievously sinned; therefore she is removed, all who honored her despise her, because they have seen her nakedness, indeed, she sighs, and turns backward.
Her filthiness [is] in her skirts; she does not remember 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 commanded [that] they should not enter into Your congregation.
All her people sigh, they seek bread; they have given their pleasant things for meat to relieve the soul, see, O Lord, and consider; for I have become vile.
[Is it] nothing to you, all you who pass by? Behold and see if there is any sorrow like my sorrow, which is done to me, whereby the Lord has afflicted [me] in the day of His fierce anger.
He has sent fire into my bones from above, 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.
The Lord has trodden all my mighty [men] in the midst of me under foot, 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; my eye, my 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 are] none to comfort her, the Lord has commanded concerning Jacob, [that] his adversaries [should be] around 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 have gone into captivity.
I called for my lovers, [but] they deceived me, my priests and my elders breathed out [and died] in the city, while they sought their meat to relieve their souls.
Behold, O Lord; for I [am] in distress, my bowels are troubled; my heart has 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 are] none to comfort me, all my 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 will be like me.
Let all their wickedness come before You; and do to them, as you have done to me for all my transgressions, for my sighs [are] many, and my heart [is] faint.
How the Lord has covered the daughter of Zion with a cloud in His anger, [and] cast down the beauty of Israel from heaven to the earth, and did not remember 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 the strongholds of the daughter of Judah in His wrath; He has brought [them] down to the ground, He has polluted the kingdom and the princes thereof.
He has cut off all the horn of Israel in [His] fierce anger, 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 [who 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 its strongholds, 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 the king and the priest in the indignation of His anger.
The Lord has cast off His altar, He has abhorred His sanctuary, He has given up the walls of her palaces into the hand of the enemy; they have made a noise in the House of the Lord, as in the day of a solemn feast.
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 lament; they languished together.
Her gates have 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.
My eyes 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 sucklings 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 will I take to witness for you? What thing will I liken you, O daughter of Jerusalem? What will I make 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 your iniquity, to turn away your captivity; but have seen false burdens and causes of banishment for you.
All who pass by clap [their] hands at you; they hiss and wag 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 your 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 [your] enemy to rejoice over you, He has set up the horn of your adversaries.
Their heart cried to the Lord, O wall of the daughter of Zion, let tears run down like a river day and night, give yourself no rest; do not let the apple of your eye cease.
Arise, cry out in the night, in the beginning of the watches, pour out your heart like water before the Face of the Lord, lift up your hands toward Him for the life of your young children, who faint for hunger in the top of every street.
Behold, O Lord, and consider to whom You have done this. Should the women eat their fruit, [and] children of a span long? Will 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 have fallen by the sword; You have slain [them] in the day of Your anger; You have killed, [and] not pitied.
You have called my terrors round about as in a solemn day, so that in the day of the Lord's anger none escaped or remained, my enemy has consumed those whom I have swaddled and brought up.
I [am] the man [who] has seen affliction by the rod of His wrath.
He has led me, and brought [me into] darkness, but not [into] light.
Surely He has turned against me; He turns His hand [against me] all the day.
He has made my flesh and my skin old; He has broken my bones.
He has built against me, and encompassed [me] with gall and travail.
He has set me in dark places, as [those who are] dead of old.
He has hedged me about, that I cannot get out, He has made my chain heavy.
Also when I cry and shout, He shuts out my prayer.
He has enclosed my ways with hewn stone, He has made my paths crooked.
He [was] to 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.
He 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 day.
He has filled me with bitterness, He has made me drunk with wormwood.
He has also broken my teeth with gravel stones, He has covered me with ashes.
And you have removed my soul far off from peace, I forgot prosperity.
And I said, "My strength and my hope have perished from the Lord."
Remembering my affliction and my misery, the wormwood and the gall.
My soul still has [them] in remembrance, and is humbled in me.
I recall this to my mind, therefore I have hope.
[It is of] the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions do not fail.
[They are] new every morning, great [is] Your faithfulness.
"The Lord [is] my portion," says my soul; therefore I will hope in Him.
The Lord [is] good to those who wait for Him, to the soul [who] seeks Him.
[It is] good that [a man] should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord.
[It is] good for a man that he bears the yoke in his youth.
He sits alone and keeps silence, because he has borne [it] upon him.
He puts his mouth in the dust; if there may so be hope.
He gives [his] cheek to him who strikes him, *Matthew 5:39 he is filled full with reproach.
For the Lord will not cast off forever.
But though He causes grief, yet He will have compassion according to the multitude of His mercies.
For He does not willingly afflict or grieve the children of men.
To crush all the prisoners of the earth under His feet,
To turn aside the right of a man before the Face of the Most High,
To subvert a man in His cause, the Lord does not approve.
Who [is] he [who] says, and it comes to pass, [when] the Lord does not command [it]?
Does not evil and good proceed out of the mouth of the Most High?
Why does a living man complain, a man for the punishment of his sins?
Let us search and investigate our ways, and turn again to the Lord.
Let us lift up our heart with [our] hands to God in the heavens.
We 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 offscouring and refuse in the midst of the people.
All our enemies have opened their mouths against us.
Fear and a snare have come upon us, desolation and destruction.
My eye runs down with rivers of water for the destruction of the daughter of my people.
My eye trickles down, and does not cease, without any intermission,
Until the Lord looks down, and beholds from heaven.
My eye affects my heart because of all the daughters of my city.
My enemies chased me sore, like a bird, without cause.
They have cut off my life in the dungeon, and cast a stone upon me.
Waters flowed over my head; [then] I said, "I am cut off."
I called upon Your name, O Lord, out of the low dungeon.
You have heard my voice, do not hide Your ear at my breathing, at my cry.
You drew near in the day [that] I called upon You, You said, "Do not fear."
O Lord, You have contended the causes of my soul; You have redeemed my life.
O Lord, You have seen my wrong, judge my cause.
You have seen all their vengeance [and] all their imaginations against me.
You have heard their reproach, O Lord, [and] all their imaginations against me;
The lips of those who rose up against me, and their device against me all the day.
Behold their sitting down, and their rising up; I [am] their music.
Render a recompence to them, O Lord, according to the work of their hands.
Give them sorrow of heart, Your curse to them.
Persecute and destroy them in anger from under the heavens of the Lord.
How the gold has become dim! [How] the most fine gold has changed! The stones of the sanctuary are poured out in the top of every street.
The precious sons of Zion, comparable to fine gold, how they are 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 [has become] cruel, like the ostriches in the wilderness.
The tongue of the sucking child cleaves to the roof of his mouth for thirst, the young children ask for bread, [and] no man breaks [it] to them.
Those who delicately fed are desolate in the streets, those who 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 travailed on her.
Her Nazarites were purer than snow, they were whiter than milk, they were ruddier in body than rubies, their polishing [was] of sapphire.
Their visage is blacker than a coal; they are not known in the streets, their skin cleaves to their bones; it is withered, it has become like a stick.
[Those who are] slain with the sword are better than [those who are] slain with hunger, for these pine away, stricken through for [want of] the fruits of the field.
The hands of the pitiful women have sodden their own children, they were their meat 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 thereof.
The 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.
For the sins of her prophets, [and] the iniquities of her priests, who 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.
They cried to them, "Depart; [it is] unclean; depart, depart, do not touch," when they fled away and wandered, they said among the heathen, "They will no longer sojourn [there]."
The anger of the Lord has divided them; He will no longer regard them, they did not respect the persons of the priests, they did not favor 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.
The breath of our nostrils, the anointed of the Lord, was taken in their pits, of whom we said, "We will live among the heathen under his shadow."
Rejoice and be glad, O daughter of Edom, who dwells in the land of Uz; the cup will also pass through to you, you will be drunk, and will make yourself naked.
The punishment of your iniquity is accomplished, O daughter of Zion; He will no longer carry you away into captivity, He will visit your iniquity, O daughter of Edom; He will discover your sins.
Remember, O Lord, what has come upon us, consider, and behold our reproach.
Our inheritance has turned to strangers, our houses to foreigners.
We are orphans and fatherless, our mothers [are] as widows.
We have drunk our water for money; our wood is sold to us.
Our necks [are] under persecution, we labor, [and] have no rest.
We have given the hand [to] the Egyptians, [and to] the Assyrians, to be satisfied with bread.
Our fathers have sinned, [and are] not; and we have borne their iniquities.
Servants have ruled over us, [there are] none who deliver [us] out of their hand.
We got our bread with [the peril of] our lives because of the sword of the wilderness.
Our skin was black like an oven because of the terrible famine.
They ravished the women in Zion, [and] the maids in the cities of Judah.
Princes are hanged up by their hand, the faces of elders were not honored.
They took the young men to grind, and the children fell under the wood.
The elders have ceased from the gate, the young men from their music.
The joy of our heart has ceased; our dance has turned into mourning.
The crown has fallen [from] our head, woe to us, that we have sinned!
For this, our heart is faint; for these [things], our eyes are dim.
Because of the mountain of Zion, which is desolate, the foxes walk upon it.
You, O Lord, remain forever; Your Throne from generation to generation.
Why do You forget us forever, [and] forsake us for so long a time?
Turn us to You, O Lord, and we will be turned; renew our days as of old.
But You have utterly rejected us; You are very wroth against us.