The enemy laid hands on all her treasures;1 she saw pagan nations enter her sanctuary2-- those you had forbidden3 to enter your assembly.
All her people groan4 as they search for bread;5 they barter their treasures for food to keep themselves alive. "Look, O LORD, and consider, for I am despised."
"Is it nothing to you, all you who pass by?6 Look around and see. Is any suffering like my suffering7 that was inflicted on me, that the LORD brought on me in the day of his fierce anger?813
"From on high he sent fire, sent it down into my bones.9 He spread a net10 for my feet and turned me back. He made me desolate,11 faint12 all the day long.
"My sins have been bound into a yokea;13 by his hands they were woven together. They have come upon my neck and the Lord has sapped my strength. He has handed me over14 to those I cannot withstand.
"The Lord has rejected all the warriors in my midst;15 he has summoned an army16 against me tob crush my young men.17 In his winepress18 the Lord has trampled19 the Virgin Daughter20 of Judah.
"This is why I weep and my eyes overflow with tears.21 No one is near to comfort22 me, no one to restore my spirit. My children are destitute because the enemy has prevailed."2317
Zion stretches out her hands,24 but there is no one to comfort her. The LORD has decreed for Jacob that his neighbors become his foes;25 Jerusalem has become an unclean26 thing27 among them.
"The LORD is righteous,28 yet I rebelled29 against his command. Listen, all you peoples; look upon my suffering.30 My young men and maidens have gone into exile.3119
"I called to my allies32 but they betrayed me. My priests and my elders perished33 in the city while they searched for food to keep themselves alive.
"See, O LORD, how distressed34 I am! I am in torment35 within, and in my heart I am disturbed,36 for I have been most rebellious.37 Outside, the sword bereaves; inside, there is only death.38