1How the Lord has 1covered the daughter of Zion With a cloud in His anger ! He has 2cast from heaven to earth The 3glory of Israel, And has not remembered His 4footstool In the day of His anger.
The Lord has 5swallowed up; He has not sparedAll the habitations of Jacob. In His wrath He has 6throwndown The strongholds of the daughter of Judah ; He has 7brought them down to the ground ; He has 8profaned the kingdom and its princes.
In fierceanger He has cutoffaAll the 9strength of Israel ; He has 10drawnback His righthand From before the enemy. And He has 11burned in Jacob like a flamingfireConsumingroundabout.
He has bent His 12bow like an enemy ; He has set His righthand like an adversary And slainall that were 13pleasant to the eye ; In the tent of the daughter of Zion He has 14poured out His wrath like fire.
The Lord has become like an 15enemy. He has 16swallowed up Israel ; He has swallowed up all its 17palaces, He has destroyed its strongholds And 18multiplied in the daughter of JudahMourning and moaning.
And He has violentlytreated His btabernacle like a garden booth; He has 19destroyed His appointedcmeetingplace. The LORD has 20caused to be forgotten The appointedfeast and sabbath in Zion, And He has 21despisedking and priest In the indignation of His anger.
The Lord has 22rejected His altar, He has abandoned His sanctuary ; He 23has delivered into the hand of the enemy The walls of her palaces. They have made a 24noise in the house of the LORD As in the day of an appointedfeast.
The LORDddetermined to destroy The wall of the daughter of Zion. He has 25stretched out a line, He has not restrained His hand from edestroying, And He has 26caused rampart and wall to lament ; They have languishedtogether.
Her 27gates have sunk into the ground, He has destroyed and broken her bars. Her king and her princes are among the nations ; The 28law is nomore. Also, her prophetsfind29Novision from the LORD.
The elders of the daughter of Zion30Sit on the ground, they 31are silent. They have thrown32dust on their heads ; They have girded themselves with 33sackcloth. The 34virgins of Jerusalem Have bowed their heads to the ground.
My 35eyesfail because of tears, My f36spirit is greatlytroubled ; My g37heart is poured out on the earth38Because of the hdestruction of the daughter of my people, When 39littleones and infantsfaint In the streets of the city.
They say to their mothers, "40Where is grain and wine ?" As they faint like a woundedman In the streets of the city, As their 41life is poured out On their mothers'bosom.
13How shall I admonish you? To what42shall I compare you, O daughter of Jerusalem ? To what shall I liken you as I comfort you, O 43virgindaughter of Zion ? For your iruin is as vast as the sea ; Who can 44heal you?
Your 45prophets have seen for you False and foolish visions; And they have not 46exposed your iniquity So as to restore you from captivity, But they have 47seen for you false and misleadingjoracles.
15All who passalong the way48Clap their hands in derision at you; They 49hiss and shake their heads At the daughter of Jerusalem, "Is this the city of which they said, '50The perfection of beauty, 51A joy to all the earth '?"
16All52your enemies Have opened their mouths wide against you; They hiss and 53gnash their teeth. They say, "We have 54swallowed her up! Surelythis is the 55day for which we waited ; We have reached it, we have seen it."
The LORD has 56donewhat He purposed ; He has accomplished His wordWhich He commanded from days of old. He has throwndown57withoutsparing, And He has caused the enemy to 58rejoiceover you; He has 59exalted the kmight of your adversaries.
Their 60heartcried out to the Lord, "O 61wall of the daughter of Zion, Let your 62tearsrundown like a riverday and night ; Give yourself norelief, Let lyour eyeshavenorest.
19"Arise, cryaloud in the 63night At the beginning of the night watches ; 64Pour out your heart like waterBefore the presence of the Lord ; Lift up your hands to Him For the 65life of your littleones Who are 66faint because of hunger At the head of everystreet."
20See, O LORD, and look ! With 67whom have You dealtthus ? Should women68eat their moffspring, The littleoneswho were nbornhealthy ? Should 69priest and prophet be slain In the sanctuary of the Lord ?
On the ground in the streetsLie70young and old ; My 71virgins and my youngmen Have fallen by the sword. You have slain them in the day of Your anger, You have slaughtered, 72not sparing.
You called as in the day of an appointedfeast My 73terrors on everyside ; And there was 74no one whoescaped or survived In the day of the LORD'Sanger. Those 75whom I obore and reared, My enemyannihilated them.