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Lamentations 2:1-6 (English Standard Version)

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The Lord Has Destroyed Without Pity

1 How the Lord in his anger has set the daughter of Zion 1under a cloud! 2He has cast down from heaven to earth the splendor of Israel; he has not remembered 3his footstool in the day of his anger. 2 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8in dishonor the kingdom 9and its rulers. 3 He has cut down in 10fierce anger all 11the might of Israel; 12he has withdrawn from them his right hand in the face of the enemy; 13he has burned like a flaming fire in Jacob, consuming all around. 4 14He has bent his bow like an enemy,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. 5 16The 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. 6 He has laid waste his booth like a garden, laid in ruins 20his meeting place; 21the LORD has made Zion forget festival and 22Sabbath, and in his fierce indignation has spurned king and priest.
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