I beheld, and lo, the fruitful land a was a wilderness, and all the cities thereof were broken down, before Jehovah, before his fierce anger.
For thus saith Jehovah: The whole land shall be a desolation; but I will not make a full end. b28
For this shall the earth mourn, and the heavens above be black; because I have spoken it, I have purposed it, and will not repent, neither will I turn back therefrom.
At the noise of the horsemen and bowmen, every city c fleeth; they go into the thickets, and climb up upon the rocks: every city is forsaken and no man dwelleth therein.
-- And thou, wasted one, what wilt thou do? Though thou clothest thyself with crimson, though thou deckest thee with ornaments of gold, though thou rendest d thine eyes with paint, in vain dost thou make thyself fair: [thy] lovers despise thee, they seek thy life.
For I hear a voice, as of a woman in travail, anguish as of her that bringeth forth her first child, the voice of the daughter of Zion: she moaneth, she spreadeth forth her hands, [saying], Woe unto me! for my soul faileth because of murderers.