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Lamentations 1 (Lexham English Bible)

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The Desolate City

1 How desolate the city sits [that] was full of people! She has become like a widow, [once] great among the nations! Like a woman of nobility in the provinces, she has become a forced laborer. 2 She weeps bitterly in the night, her tears [are] on her cheeks; she has no comforter among all her lovers. All her friends have been unfaithful to her; they have become her enemies. 3 Judah has gone into exile with misery and under hard servitude; she lives among the nations, she has not found a resting place; all her pursuers have overtaken her amidst [her] distress. 4 The roads of Zion [are] mourning because no one comes to the festival. All her gates [are] desolate, her priests groan; her young women [are] worried, and she herself suffers bitterly. 5 Her foes have become [her] {master},a her enemies are at ease; Yahweh has made her suffer because of the greatness of her transgressions. Her children have gone away, captive before the foe. 6 All her majesty has gone away from the daughter of Zion; her princes have become like young stags that have not found pasture; they have gone away without strength, before the pursuer. 7 Jerusalem remembers the days of her misery and wanderings, all her treasures that were from the days of long ago. When her people fell into [the] hand of the enemy, there was no one helping her; the enemies saw her, they mocked at her destruction. 8 Jerusalem sinned grievously, thus she became an objection of derision; all those who honored her despise her because they have seen her nakedness. She herself groans and turns away. 9 Her uncleanness [was] in her skirts; she did not remember her future, she has descended beyond understanding, there is no comforter for her. See, O Yahweh, my persecution! [My] enemy has been made great! 10 The enemy has stretched out his hand over all her treasures; for she has seen the nations, they entered her sanctuary, those whom you commanded not to enter in your assembly. 11 All her people groan, they are searching for bread. They give their treasures for food, to bring back life. See, O Yahweh, and look, [how] I am despised. 12 Is it nothing to you, {all who pass by}?b Look and see if there is sorrow like my sorrow,c which was dealt to me, which Yahweh inflicted on the {day of his wrath}.d 13 From heaven he sent fire, into my bones he let it descend. He spread out a net for my feet; he turned me back, he gave me devastation, fainting all day. 14 My rebellion was bound [as] a yoke, with his hand it was fastened together; it was put on my neck [and] caused my strength to fail. The Lord gave me into the hands [of those whom] I cannot withstand. 15 The Lord has rejected all my mighty ones in my midst. He called an assembly against me, to crush my young men; [like in] a wine press, the Lord has trodden [on] the virgin daughter of Judah. 16 For these [things], I am weeping, {my eyes flow with tears};e because a comforter is far from me, one to restore my life. My sons are desolate because [the] enemy has prevailed. 17 Zion stretches out her hands; there is no one to comfort her. Yahweh has commanded against Jacob, [that] those surrounding himf [should be] his enemies; Jerusalem has become a defilement among them. 18 Yahweh is righteous; I have rebelled [against] {his word}.g Please hear, all [the] nations, And see my pain; My young womenh and young men went into captivity. 19 I have called to my lovers, they themselves deceived me; my priests and elders perished in the city when they sought food for themselves to revive their life.i 20 See, O Yahweh, that {I am in distress};j {my stomach}k is in torment, my heart has turned inside me because I have certainly rebelled. From outside a sword brings bereavement, inside the house [it is] like death. 21 They hear that I was groaning; [there is] no comforter for me. All my enemies have heard my misery, they are pleased that you have done it. Bring [that] day that you have proclaimed,l And let them be like me. 22 Let all their evil come before you; and deal with them just as you have dealt with me because of all my crimes; for my groaning is much and my heart [is] faint.
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