How deserted1 lies the city, once so full of people!2 How like a widow3 is she, who once was great4 among the nations! She who was queen among the provinces has now become a slave.52
Bitterly she weeps6 at night, tears are upon her cheeks. Among all her lovers7 there is none to comfort her. All her friends have betrayed8 her; they have become her enemies.93
After affliction and harsh labor, Judah has gone into exile.10 She dwells among the nations; she finds no resting place.11 All who pursue her have overtaken her12 in the midst of her distress.