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Lamentations 2:1-8 (New International Version)

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1 How the Lord has covered the Daughter of Zion with the cloud of his angera !1 He has hurled down the splendor of Israel from heaven to earth; he has not remembered his footstool2 in the day of his anger.3 2 Without pity4 the Lord has swallowed5 up all the dwellings of Jacob; in his wrath he has torn down the strongholds6 of the Daughter of Judah. He has brought her kingdom and its princes down to the ground7 in dishonor. 3 In fierce anger he has cut off every hornb8 of Israel. He has withdrawn his right hand9 at the approach of the enemy. He has burned in Jacob like a flaming fire that consumes everything around it.10 4 Like an enemy he has strung his bow;11 his right hand is ready. Like a foe he has slain all who were pleasing to the eye;12 he has poured out his wrath13 like fire14 on the tent15 of the Daughter of Zion. 5 The Lord is like an enemy;16 he has swallowed up Israel. He has swallowed up all her palaces and destroyed her strongholds.17 He has multiplied mourning and lamentation18 for the Daughter of Judah.19 6 He has laid waste his dwelling like a garden; he has destroyed20 his place of meeting.21 The LORD has made Zion forget her appointed feasts and her Sabbaths;22 in his fierce anger he has spurned both king and priest.23 7 The Lord has rejected his altar and abandoned his sanctuary.24 He has handed over to the enemy the walls of her palaces;25 they have raised a shout in the house of the LORD as on the day of an appointed feast.26 8 The LORD determined to tear down the wall around the Daughter of Zion.27 He stretched out a measuring line28 and did not withhold his hand from destroying. He made ramparts29 and walls lament; together they wasted away.30
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