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Lamentations 1:1-6 (English Standard Version)

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How Lonely Sits the City

1 1How lonely sits the city that was full of people! How like 2a widow has she become, she who was great among the nations! She who was 3a princess among the provinces has become 4a slave. 2 5She weeps bitterly in the night, with tears on her cheeks; 6among all her lovers she has 7none to comfort her; 8all her friends have dealt treacherously with her; they have become her enemies. 3 9Judah has gone into exile because of affliction and hard servitude; 10she dwells now among the nations, 11but finds no resting place; her pursuers have all overtaken her in the midst of her distress.a 4 The roads to Zion mourn, for none come to 12the festival; 13all her gates are desolate; her priests 14groan; her virgins have been afflicted,b and she herself suffers bitterly. 5 15Her foes have become the head; her 16enemies prosper, because 17the LORD has afflicted her 18for the multitude of her transgressions; 19her children have gone away, captives before the foe. 6 From the daughter of Zion all her majesty has departed. Her princes have become like deer 20that find no pasture; they fled without strength before the pursuer.
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