"Thou hast wrapped thyself with anger and pursued us, slaying without pity;
thou hast wrapped thyself with a cloud so that no prayer can pass through.
Thou hast made us offscouring and refuse among the peoples.
"All our enemies rail against us;
panic and pitfall have come upon us, devastation and destruction;
my eyes flow with rivers of tears because of the destruction of the daughter of my people.
"My eyes will flow without ceasing, without respite,
until the LORD from heaven looks down and sees;
my eyes cause me grief at the fate of all the maidens of my city.
"I have been hunted like a bird by those who were my enemies without cause;
they flung me alive into the pit and cast stones on me;
Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright 1952 [2nd edition, 1971] by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. (Revised Standard Version w/ Apocrypha)