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Lamentations 1:1-11 (New International Version)

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1 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.5 2 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.9 3 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. 4 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 5 Her foes have become her masters; her enemies are at ease. The LORD has brought her grief16 because of her many sins.17 Her children have gone into exile,18 captive before the foe.19 6 All the splendor has departed from the Daughter of Zion.20 Her princes are like deer that find no pasture; in weakness they have fled21 before the pursuer. 7 In the days of her affliction and wandering Jerusalem remembers all the treasures that were hers in days of old. When her people fell into enemy hands, there was no one to help her.22 Her enemies looked at her and laughed23 at her destruction. 8 Jerusalem has sinned24 greatly and so has become unclean.25 All who honored her despise her, for they have seen her nakedness;26 she herself groans27 and turns away. 9 Her filthiness clung to her skirts; she did not consider her future.28 Her fall29 was astounding; there was none to comfort30 her. "Look, O LORD, on my affliction,31 for the enemy has triumphed." 10 The enemy laid hands on all her treasures;32 she saw pagan nations enter her sanctuary33-- those you had forbidden34 to enter your assembly. 11 All her people groan35 as they search for bread;36 they barter their treasures for food to keep themselves alive. "Look, O LORD, and consider, for I am despised."
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