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Lamentations 1:17-22 (New International Version)

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17 Zion stretches out her hands,1 but there is no one to comfort her. The LORD has decreed for Jacob that his neighbors become his foes;2 Jerusalem has become an unclean3 thing4 among them. 18 "The LORD is righteous,5 yet I rebelled6 against his command. Listen, all you peoples; look upon my suffering.7 My young men and maidens have gone into exile.8 19 "I called to my allies9 but they betrayed me. My priests and my elders perished10 in the city while they searched for food to keep themselves alive. 20 "See, O LORD, how distressed11 I am! I am in torment12 within, and in my heart I am disturbed,13 for I have been most rebellious.14 Outside, the sword bereaves; inside, there is only death.15 21 "People have heard my groaning,16 but there is no one to comfort me.17 All my enemies have heard of my distress; they rejoice18 at what you have done. May you bring the day19 you have announced so they may become like me. 22 "Let all their wickedness come before you; deal with them as you have dealt with me because of all my sins.20 My groans21 are many and my heart is faint."
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