Lamentations 2:9-19 (New International Version)

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9 Her gates1 have sunk into the ground; their bars2 he has broken and destroyed. Her king and her princes are exiled3 among the nations, the law4 is no more, and her prophets5 no longer find visions6 from the LORD. 10 The elders of the Daughter of Zion sit on the ground in silence;7 they have sprinkled dust8 on their heads9 and put on sackcloth.10 The young women of Jerusalem have bowed their heads to the ground.11 11 My eyes fail from weeping,12 I am in torment within,13 my heart14 is poured out15 on the ground because my people are destroyed,16 because children and infants faint17 in the streets of the city. 12 They say to their mothers, "Where is bread and wine?"18 as they faint like wounded men in the streets of the city, as their lives ebb away19 in their mothers' arms.20 13 What can I say for you?21 With what can I compare you, O Daughter22 of Jerusalem? To what can I liken you, that I may comfort you, O Virgin Daughter of Zion?23 Your wound is as deep as the sea.24 Who can heal you? 14 The visions of your prophets were false25 and worthless; they did not expose your sin to ward off your captivity.26 The oracles they gave you were false and misleading.27 15 All who pass your way clap their hands at you;28 they scoff29 and shake their heads30 at the Daughter of Jerusalem:31 "Is this the city that was called the perfection of beauty,32 the joy of the whole earth?"33 16 All your enemies open their mouths wide against you;34 they scoff and gnash their teeth35 and say, "We have swallowed her up.36 This is the day we have waited for; we have lived to see it."37 17 The LORD has done what he planned; he has fulfilled38 his word, which he decreed long ago.39 He has overthrown you without pity,40 he has let the enemy gloat over you,41 he has exalted the horna of your foes.42 18 The hearts of the people cry out to the Lord.43 O wall of the Daughter of Zion,44 let your tears45 flow like a river day and night;46 give yourself no relief, your eyes no rest.47 19 Arise, cry out in the night, as the watches of the night begin; pour out your heart48 like water in the presence of the Lord.49 Lift up your hands50 to him for the lives of your children, who faint51 from hunger at the head of every street.
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