The Lord 4has swallowed up 5without mercy all the habitations of Jacob; in his wrath 6he has broken down the strongholds of the daughter of Judah; he has brought 7down to the ground 8in dishonor the kingdom 9and its rulers.
414He has bent his bow like an enemy, with his right hand set 15like a foe; and he has killed all who were delightful in our eyes in the tent of the daughter of Zion; he has poured out his fury like fire.
516The Lord has become like an enemy; 17he has swallowed up Israel; 18he has swallowed up all its palaces; he has laid in ruins its strongholds, and he has multiplied in the daughter of Judah 19mourning and lamentation.
723The Lord has scorned his altar, 24disowned his sanctuary; 25he has delivered into the hand of the enemy the walls of her palaces; 26they raised a clamor in the house of the LORD as on the day of festival.
827The LORD determined to lay in ruins 28the wall of the daughter of Zion; 29he stretched out the measuring line; he did not restrain his hand from destroying; 30he caused rampart and wall to lament; 31they languished together.
The elders of the daughter of Zion 36sit on the ground 37in silence; 38they have thrown dust on their heads and 39put on sackcloth; the young women of Jerusalem have bowed their heads to the ground.
1140My eyes are spent with weeping; 41my stomach churns; 42my bile is poured out to the ground 43because of the destruction of the daughter of my people, 44because infants and babies 45faint in the streets of the city.
What can I say for you, 48to what compare you, O daughter of Jerusalem? 49What can I liken to you, that I may comfort you, O virgin daughter of Zion? 50For your ruin is vast as the sea; who can heal you?
All who pass along the way clap their hands at you; 56they hiss and wag their heads at the daughter of Jerusalem: "Is this the city that was called 57the perfection of beauty, 58the joy of all the earth?"
The LORD has done what he purposed; he has carried out 62his word, which he commanded 63long ago; 64he has thrown down 65without pity; 66he has made the enemy rejoice over you and exalted the 67might of your foes.
"Arise, 73cry out in the night, at the beginning of the night watches! 74Pour out your heart like water before the presence of the Lord! 75Lift your hands to him for the lives of your children, 76who faint for hunger at the head of every street."
Look, O LORD, and see! 77With whom have you dealt thus? 78Should women eat the fruit of their womb, the children of 79their tender care? Should 80priest and prophet be killed in the sanctuary of the Lord?