Lamentations 1 (New American Standard)

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The Sorrows of Zion

1 How 1lonely sits the city That was 2full of people! She has become like a 3widow Who was once 4great among the nations! She who was a princess among the aprovinces Has become a 5forced laborer! 2 She 6weeps bitterly in the night And her tears are on her cheeks; She has none to comfort her Among all her 7lovers. All her friends have 8dealt treacherously with her; They have become her enemies. 3 9Judah has gone into exile bunder affliction And cunder dharsh servitude; She dwells 10among the nations, But she has found no rest; All 11her pursuers have overtaken her In the midst of edistress. 4 The roads fof Zion are in mourning Because 12no one comes to the appointed feasts. All her gates are 13desolate; Her priests are groaning, Her 14virgins are afflicted, And she herself gis 15bitter. 5 Her adversaries have become hher masters, Her enemies iprosper; For the LORD has 16caused her grief Because of the multitude of her transgressions; Her little ones have gone away As captives before the adversary. 6 All her 17majesty Has departed from the daughter of Zion; Her princes have become like deer That have found no pasture; And they have j18fled without strength Before the pursuer. 7 In the days of her affliction and homelessness 19Jerusalem remembers all her precious things That were from the days of old, When her people fell into the hand of the adversary And 20no one helped her. The adversaries saw her, They 21mocked at her kruin. 8 Jerusalem sinned 22greatly, Therefore 23she has become an unclean thing. All who honored her despise her Because they have seen her nakedness; Even 24she herself groans and turns away. 9 Her 25uncleanness was in her skirts; She ldid not consider her 26future. Therefore she has m27fallen astonishingly; 28She has no comforter. "29See, O LORD, my affliction, For the enemy has 30magnified himself!" 10 The adversary has stretched out his hand Over all her precious things, For she has seen the 31nations enter her sanctuary, The ones whom You commanded That they should 32not enter into Your congregation. 11 All her people groan 33seeking bread; They have given their precious things for food To 34restore their nlives themselves. "See, O LORD, and look, For I am 35despised." 12 "Is 36it nothing to all you who pass this way? Look and see if there is any opain like my ppain Which was severely dealt out to me, Which the 37LORD inflicted on the day of His 38fierce anger. 13 "From on high He sent fire into my 39bones, And it qprevailed over them. He has spread a 40net for my feet; He has turned me back; He has made me 41desolate, rFaint all day long. 14 "The 42yoke of my transgressions is bound; By His hand they are knit together. They have 43come upon my neck; He has made my strength sfail. The Lord 44has given me into the hands Of those against whom I am not able to stand. 15 "The 45Lord has rejected all my strong men In my midst; He has called an appointed ttime against me To crush my 46young men; The Lord has 47trodden as in a wine press The virgin daughter of Judah. 16 "For these things I 48weep; uMy eyes run down with water; Because far from me is a 49comforter, One who restores my soul. My children are desolate Because the enemy has prevailed." 17 Zion 50stretches out her hands; There is no one to comfort her; The LORD has 51commanded concerning Jacob That the ones round about him should be his adversaries; 52Jerusalem has become an unclean thing among them. 18 "The LORD is 53righteous; For I have 54rebelled against His vcommand; Hear now, all peoples, And 55behold my wpain; 56My virgins and my young men Have gone into captivity. 19 "I 57called to my lovers, but they deceived me; My 58priests and my elders perished in the city While they sought food to 59restore xtheir strength themselves. 20 "See, O LORD, for I am in distress; My y60spirit is greatly troubled; My heart is overturned within me, For I have been very 61rebellious. In the street the sword zslays; In the house it is like death. 21 "They have heard that I 62groan; There is no one to comfort me; All my enemies have heard of my aacalamity; They are 63glad that You have done it. Oh, that You would bring the day which You have proclaimed, That they may become 64like me. 22 "Let all their wickedness come before You; And 65deal with them as You have dealt with me For all my transgressions; For my groans are many and my heart is faint."
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