Lamentations 1

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The Lamentations of Jeremiah

Chapter 2

1

How hath the Lord covered the daughter of Zion with a cloud55 in his anger, [and] cast down52 from heaven unto the earth the beauty of Israel, and remembered1 not his footstool 7272 in the day of his anger!

2

The Lord hath swallowed up14 all the habitations of Jacob, and hath not pitied:1 he hath thrown down1 in his wrath the strong holds of the daughter of Judah; he hath brought [them] down52 to the ground: he hath polluted14 the kingdom and the princes thereof.

3

He hath cut off1 in [his] fierce anger all the horn of Israel: he hath drawn52 back his right hand from before the enemy,6 and he burned4 against Jacob like a flaming fire, [which] devoureth1 round about.

4

He hath bent1 his bow like an enemy:6 he stood12 with his right hand as an adversary, and slew4 all [that were] pleasant to the eye in the tabernacle of the daughter of Zion: he poured out1 his fury like fire.

5

The Lord was as an enemy:6 he hath swallowed up14 Israel, he hath swallowed up14 all her palaces: he hath destroyed14 his strong holds, and hath increased55 in the daughter of Judah mourning and lamentation.

6

And he hath violently taken away4 his tabernacle, as [if it were of] a garden: he hath destroyed14 his places of the assembly: the LORD hath caused the solemn feasts and sabbaths to be forgotten14 in Zion, and hath despised4 in the indignation of his anger the king and the priest.

7

The Lord hath cast off1 his altar, he hath abhorred14 his sanctuary, he hath given up52 into the hand of the enemy6 the walls of her palaces; they have made1 a noise in the house of the LORD, as in the day of a solemn feast.

8

The LORD hath purposed1 to destroy53 the wall of the daughter of Zion: he hath stretched out1 a line, he hath not withdrawn52 his hand from destroying:15 therefore he made the rampart and the wall to lament;55 they languished49 together.

9

Her gates are sunk1 into the ground; he hath destroyed14 and broken14 her bars: her king and her princes [are] among the Gentiles: the law [is] no [more]; her prophets also find1 no vision from the LORD.

10

The elders of the daughter of Zion sit4 upon the ground, [and] keep silence:4 they have cast up52 dust upon their heads; they have girded1 themselves with sackcloth: the virgins of Jerusalem hang down52 their heads to the ground.

11

Mine eyes do fail1 with tears, my bowels are troubled,39 my liver is poured8 upon the earth, for the destruction of the daughter of my people; because the children and the sucklings6 swoon9 in the streets of the city.

12

They say4 to their mothers, Where [is] corn and wine? when they swooned99 as the wounded in the streets of the city, when their soul was poured out99 into their mothers' bosom.

13

What thing shall I take to witness55 5749 4 for thee? what thing shall I liken17 to thee, O daughter of Jerusalem? what shall I equal55 to thee, that I may comfort17 thee, O virgin daughter of Zion? for thy breach [is] great like the sea: who can heal4 thee?

14

Thy prophets have seen1 vain and foolish things for thee: and they have not discovered14 thine iniquity, to turn away53 thy captivity; 7622 but have seen4 for thee false burdens and causes of banishment.

15

All that pass by6 1870 clap1 [their] hands at thee; they hiss1 and wag55 their head at the daughter of Jerusalem, [saying, Is] this the city that [men] call4 The perfection of beauty, The joy of the whole earth?

16

All thine enemies6 have opened1 their mouth against thee: they hiss1 and gnash4 the teeth: they say,1 We have swallowed [her] up:14 certainly this [is] the day that we looked for;14 we have found,1 we have seen1 [it].

17

The LORD hath done1 [that] which he had devised;1 he hath fulfilled14 his word that he had commanded14 in the days of old: he hath thrown down,1 and hath not pitied:1 and he hath caused [thine] enemy6 to rejoice17 over thee, he hath set up52 the horn of thine adversaries.

18

Their heart cried1 unto the Lord, O wall of the daughter of Zion, let tears run down54 like a river day and night: give4 thyself no rest; let not the apple of thine eye cease.4

19

Arise,3 cry out3 in the night: in the beginning of the watches pour out3 thine heart like water before the face of the Lord: lift up3 thy hands toward him for the life of thy young children, that faint7 for hunger in the top of every street.

20

Behold,3 O LORD, and consider54 to whom thou hast done22 this. Shall the women eat4 their fruit, [and] children of a span long? shall the priest and the prophet be slain11 in the sanctuary of the Lord?

21

The young and the old lie1 on the ground in the streets: my virgins and my young men are fallen1 by the sword; thou hast slain1 [them] in the day of thine anger; thou hast killed,1 [and] not pitied.1

22

Thou hast called4 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 swaddled14 and brought up14 hath mine enemy6 consumed.14

Lamentations 3