All her people groan1 as they search for bread;2 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?3 Look around and see. Is any suffering like my suffering4 that was inflicted on me, that the LORD brought on me in the day of his fierce anger?513
"From on high he sent fire, sent it down into my bones.6 He spread a net7 for my feet and turned me back. He made me desolate,8 faint9 all the day long.
"My sins have been bound into a yokea;10 by his hands they were woven together. They have come upon my neck and the Lord has sapped my strength. He has handed me over11 to those I cannot withstand.
"The Lord has rejected all the warriors in my midst;12 he has summoned an army13 against me tob crush my young men.14 In his winepress15 the Lord has trampled16 the Virgin Daughter17 of Judah.
"This is why I weep and my eyes overflow with tears.18 No one is near to comfort19 me, no one to restore my spirit. My children are destitute because the enemy has prevailed."2017
Zion stretches out her hands,21 but there is no one to comfort her. The LORD has decreed for Jacob that his neighbors become his foes;22 Jerusalem has become an unclean23 thing24 among them.
"The LORD is righteous,25 yet I rebelled26 against his command. Listen, all you peoples; look upon my suffering.27 My young men and maidens have gone into exile.2819
"I called to my allies29 but they betrayed me. My priests and my elders perished30 in the city while they searched for food to keep themselves alive.
"See, O LORD, how distressed31 I am! I am in torment32 within, and in my heart I am disturbed,33 for I have been most rebellious.34 Outside, the sword bereaves; inside, there is only death.3521
"People have heard my groaning,36 but there is no one to comfort me.37 All my enemies have heard of my distress; they rejoice38 at what you have done. May you bring the day39 you have announced so they may become like me.