This is what the LORD Almighty says: "Consider now! Call for the wailing women1 to come; send for the most skillful of them.
Let them come quickly and wail over us till our eyes overflow with tears and water streams from our eyelids.219
The sound of wailing is heard from Zion: 'How ruined3 we are! How great is our shame! We must leave our land because our houses are in ruins.' "
Now, O women, hear the word of the LORD; open your ears to the words of his mouth.4 Teach your daughters how to wail; teach one another a lament.521
Death has climbed in through our windows6 and has entered our fortresses; it has cut off the children from the streets and the young men7 from the public squares.