"Is it nothing to you, all you who pass by?1 Look around and see. Is any suffering like my suffering2 that was inflicted on me, that the LORD brought on me in the day of his fierce anger?313
"From on high he sent fire, sent it down into my bones.4 He spread a net5 for my feet and turned me back. He made me desolate,6 faint7 all the day long.
"My sins have been bound into a yokea;8 by his hands they were woven together. They have come upon my neck and the Lord has sapped my strength. He has handed me over9 to those I cannot withstand.
"The Lord has rejected all the warriors in my midst;10 he has summoned an army11 against me tob crush my young men.12 In his winepress13 the Lord has trampled14 the Virgin Daughter15 of Judah.
"This is why I weep and my eyes overflow with tears.16 No one is near to comfort17 me, no one to restore my spirit. My children are destitute because the enemy has prevailed."1817
Zion stretches out her hands,19 but there is no one to comfort her. The LORD has decreed for Jacob that his neighbors become his foes;20 Jerusalem has become an unclean21 thing22 among them.
"The LORD is righteous,23 yet I rebelled24 against his command. Listen, all you peoples; look upon my suffering.25 My young men and maidens have gone into exile.2619
"I called to my allies27 but they betrayed me. My priests and my elders perished28 in the city while they searched for food to keep themselves alive.
"See, O LORD, how distressed29 I am! I am in torment30 within, and in my heart I am disturbed,31 for I have been most rebellious.32 Outside, the sword bereaves; inside, there is only death.3321
"People have heard my groaning,34 but there is no one to comfort me.35 All my enemies have heard of my distress; they rejoice36 at what you have done. May you bring the day37 you have announced so they may become like me.
"Let all their wickedness come before you; deal with them as you have dealt with me because of all my sins.38 My groans39 are many and my heart is faint."