"Speak this word to them: " 'Let my eyes overflow with tears1 night and day without ceasing; for my virgin2 daughter--my people-- has suffered a grievous wound, a crushing blow.318
If I go into the country, I see those slain by the sword; if I go into the city, I see the ravages of famine.4 Both prophet and priest have gone to a land they know not.5' "
Have you rejected Judah completely?6 Do you despise Zion? Why have you afflicted us so that we cannot be healed?7 We hoped for peace but no good has come, for a time of healing but there is only terror.820
O LORD, we acknowledge9 our wickedness and the guilt of our fathers;10 we have indeed sinned11 against you.
For the sake of your name12 do not despise us; do not dishonor your glorious throne.13 Remember your covenant14 with us and do not break it.
Do any of the worthless idols15 of the nations bring rain?16 Do the skies themselves send down showers? No, it is you, O LORD our God. Therefore our hope is in you, for you are the one who does all this.17