The LORD has done what he planned; he has fulfilled1 his word, which he decreed long ago.2 He has overthrown you without pity,3 he has let the enemy gloat over you,4 he has exalted the horna of your foes.518
The hearts of the people cry out to the Lord.6 O wall of the Daughter of Zion,7 let your tears8 flow like a river day and night;9 give yourself no relief, your eyes no rest.1019
Arise, cry out in the night, as the watches of the night begin; pour out your heart11 like water in the presence of the Lord.12 Lift up your hands13 to him for the lives of your children, who faint14 from hunger at the head of every street.
"Look, O LORD, and consider: Whom have you ever treated like this? Should women eat their offspring,15 the children they have cared for?16 Should priest and prophet be killed17 in the sanctuary of the Lord?1821
"Young and old lie together in the dust of the streets; my young men and maidens have fallen by the sword.19 You have slain them in the day of your anger; you have slaughtered them without pity.2022
"As you summon to a feast day, so you summoned against me terrors21 on every side. In the day of the LORD's anger no one escaped22 or survived; those I cared for and reared,23 my enemy has destroyed."