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1 How lonely sits the city that was full of people!
How like a widow has she become,
she that was great among the nations!
She that was a princess among the cities has become a vassal.

LAMENTATIONS. The sorrows of Jerusalem. Lm.1.1-22
2 She weeps bitterly in the night,
tears on her cheeks;
among all her lovers
she has none to comfort her;
all her friends have dealt treacherously with her,
they have become her enemies.

3 Judah has gone into exile
because of affliction and hard servitude;
she dwells now among the nations,
but finds no resting place;
her pursuers have all overtaken her
in the midst of her distress.

4 The roads to Zion mourn,
for none come to the appointed feasts;
all her gates are desolate,
her priests groan;
her maidens have been dragged away,
and she herself suffers bitterly.

5 Her foes have become the head,
her enemies prosper,
because Yahweh has made her suffer
for the multitude of her transgressions;
her children have gone away,
captives before the foe.

6 From the daughter of Zion has departed all her majesty.
Her princes have become like harts that find no pasture;
they fled without strength before the pursuer.

7 Jerusalem remembers in the days of her affliction and bitterness
all the precious things that were hers from days of old.
When her people fell into the hand of the foe,
and there was none to help her,
the foe gloated over her,
mocking at her downfall.

8 Jerusalem sinned grievously,
therefore she became filthy;
all who honoured her despise her,
for they have seen her nakedness;
yea, she herself groans,
and turns her face away.

9 Her uncleanness was in her skirts;
she took no thought of her doom;
therefore her fall is terrible,
she has no comforter.
" O Yahweh, behold my affliction,
for the enemy has triumphed!"

10 The enemy has stretched out his hands over all her precious things;
yea, she has seen the nations invade her sanctuary,
those whom you forbad to enter your congregation.

11 All her people groan as they search for bread;
they trade their treasures for food to revive their strength.
"Look, O Yahweh, and behold, for I am despised."

12 "Is it nothing to you,
all you who pass by?
Look and see if there is any sorrow
like my sorrow which was brought upon me,
which Yahweh inflicted
on the day of his fierce anger.

13 "From on high he sent fire;
into my bones he made it descend;
he spread a net for my feet;
he turned me back;
he has left me stunned,
faint all the day long.

14 "My transgressions were bound into a yoke;
by his hand they were fastened together;
they were set upon my neck;
he caused my strength to fail;
Yahweh gave me into the hands of those whom I cannot withstand.

15 "Yahweh flouted all my mighty men in the midst of me;
he summoned an assembly against me to crush my young men;
Yahweh has trodden as in a wine press the virgin daughter of Judah.

16 "For these things I weep;
my eyes flow with tears;
for a comforter is far from me,
one to revive my courage;
my children are desolate,
for the enemy has prevailed."

17 Zion stretches out her hands,
but there is none to comfort her;
Yahweh has commanded against Jacob
that his neighbours should be his foes;
Jerusalem has become a filthy thing among them.

18 "Yahweh is in the right,
for I have rebelled against his word;
but hear, all you peoples,
and behold my suffering;
my maidens and my young men
have gone into captivity.

19 "I called to my lovers but they deceived me;
my priests and elders perished in the city,
while they sought food to revive their strength.

20 "Behold, O Yahweh,
for I am in distress,
my soul is in tumult,
my heart is wrung within me,
because I have been very rebellious.
In the street the sword bereaves;
in the house it is like death.

21 "Hear how I groan;
there is none to comfort me.
All my enemies have heard of my trouble;
they are glad that you have done it.
Bring the day you have announced,
and let them be as I am.

22 "Let all their evil doing come before you;
and deal with them as you have dealt with me
because of all my transgressions;
for my groans are many and my heart is faint."

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