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Lamentations 1:1-9 (Holman Christian Standard)

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Lament over Jerusalem

Alef

1 Howa she sits alone,b the city [once] crowded with people! She who was great among the nations has become like a widow. The princess among the provinces has become a slave.

Bet

2 She weeps aloud during the night, with tears on her cheeks. There is no one to offer her comfort, [not one] from all her lovers.c All her friends have betrayed her; they have become her enemies.

Gimel

3 Judah has gone into exile followingd affliction and harsh slavery; she lives among the nations but finds no place to rest.e All her pursuers have overtaken her in narrow places.

Dalet

4 The roads to Zion mourn, for no one comes to the appointed festivals.f All her gates are deserted; her priests groan, her young women grieve, and she herself is bitter.

He

5 Her adversaries have become [her] masters;g her enemies are at ease,h for the Lord has made her suffer because of her many transgressions. Her children have gone away as captives before the adversary.

Vav

6 All her splendori has vanished from Daughter Zion.j Her leaders are like stags that find no pasture; they walk away exhausted before the hunter.

Zayin

7 During the days of her affliction and homelessnessk Jerusalem remembers all her precious belongings that were [hers] in days of old. When her people fell into the adversary's hand, she had no one to help. The adversaries looked at her, laughing over her downfall.

Khet

8 Jerusalem has sinned grievously; therefore, she has become an object of scorn.l All who honored her [now] despise her, for they have seen her nakedness. She herself groans and turns away.

Tet

9 Her uncleanness [stains] her skirts.m She never considered her end. Her downfall was astonishing; there was no one to comfort her. Lord, look on my affliction, for the enemy triumphs!
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