Without compassiond the Lord has swallowed up all the dwellings of Jacob. In His wrath He has demolished the fortified citiese of Daughter Judah. He brought [them] to the ground and defiled the kingdom and its leaders.f
He has cut off every horng of Israel in His burning anger and withdrawn His right hand in the presence of the enemy. He has blazed against Jacob like a flaming fire that consumes everything [in its path].
He has done violence to His templek as if [it were] a garden [booth], destroying His place of meeting.l The Lord has abolished appointed festivals and Sabbaths in Zion. He has despised king and priest in His fierce anger.
The Lord has rejected His altar, repudiated His sanctuary;m He has handed the walls of her palaces over to the enemy. They have raised a shout in the house of the Lord as on the day of an appointed festival.
The Lord determined to destroy the wall of Daughter Zion. He stretched out a measuring linen and did not restrain Himself from destroying. He made the ramparts and walls grieve; together they waste away.
Zion's gates have fallen to the ground;o He has destroyed and shattered the bars on her [gates]. Her king and her leaders [live] among the nations, instructionp is no more, and even her prophets receive no vision from the Lord.q
My eyes are worn out from weeping;t I am churning within. My heart is poured out in griefuv because of the destruction of my dear people,w because children and infants faint in the streets of the city.
What can I say on your behalf? To what can I compare you, Daughter Jerusalem? What can I liken you to, so that I may console you, Virgin Daughter Zion? For your ruin is as vast as the sea. Who can heal you?y
All who pass by [scornfully] clap their handsbb at you. They hisscc and shake their headsdd at Daughter Jerusalem: Is this the city that was called the perfection of beauty,ee the joy of the whole earth?ff
The Lord has done what He planned; He has accomplished His decree, which He ordained in days of old. He has demolished without compassion,jj letting the enemy gloat over you and exalting the horn of your adversaries.
Arise, cry out in the night, from the first watch of the night. Pour out your heart like water before the Lord's presence.nn Lift up your hands to Him for the lives of your children who are fainting from hunger on the corner of every street.oo