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.
The roads to Zion mourn,13 for no one comes to her appointed feasts. All her gateways are desolate,14 her priests groan, her maidens grieve, and she is in bitter anguish.15