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Lamentations 2 (Today's New International Version)

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1 How the Lord has covered Daughter Zion with the cloud of his angera !1 He has hurled down the splendor of Israel from heaven to earth; he has not remembered his footstool2 in the day of his anger.3 2 Without pity4 the Lord has swallowed5 up all the dwellings of Jacob; in his wrath he has torn down the strongholds6 of Daughter Judah. He has brought her kingdom and its princes down to the ground7 in dishonor. 3 In fierce anger he has cut off every hornb8 of Israel. He has withdrawn his right hand9 at the approach of the enemy. He has burned in Jacob like a flaming fire that consumes everything around it.10 4 Like an enemy he has strung his bow;11 his right hand is ready. Like a foe he has slain all who were pleasing to the eye;12 he has poured out his wrath13 like fire14 on the tent15 of Daughter Zion. 5 The Lord is like an enemy;16 he has swallowed up Israel. He has swallowed up all her palaces and destroyed her strongholds.17 He has multiplied mourning and lamentation18 for Daughter Judah.19 6 He has laid waste his dwelling like a garden; he has destroyed20 his place of meeting.21 The LORD has made Zion forget her appointed festivals and her Sabbaths;22 in his fierce anger he has spurned both king and priest.23 7 The Lord has rejected his altar and abandoned his sanctuary.24 He has given the walls of her palaces25 into the hands of the enemy; they have raised a shout in the house of the LORD as on the day of an appointed festival.26 8 The LORD determined to tear down the wall around Daughter Zion.27 He stretched out a measuring line28 and did not withhold his hand from destroying. He made ramparts29 and walls lament; together they wasted away.30 9 Her gates31 have sunk into the ground; their bars32 he has broken and destroyed. Her king and her princes are exiled33 among the nations, the law34 is no more, and her prophets35 no longer find visions36 from the LORD. 10 The elders of Daughter Zion sit on the ground in silence;37 they have sprinkled dust38 on their heads39 and put on sackcloth.40 The young women of Jerusalem have bowed their heads to the ground.41 11 My eyes fail from weeping,42 I am in torment within43; my heart44 is poured out45 on the ground because my people are destroyed,46 because children and infants faint47 in the streets of the city. 12 They say to their mothers, "Where is bread and wine?"48 as they faint like the wounded in the streets of the city, as their lives ebb away49 in their mothers' arms.50 13 What can I say for you?51 With what can I compare you, Daughter52 Jerusalem? To what can I liken you, that I may comfort you, Virgin Daughter Zion?53 Your wound is as deep as the sea.54 Who can heal you? 14 The visions of your prophets were false55 and worthless; they did not expose your sin to ward off your captivity.56 The prophecies they gave you were false and misleading.57 15 All who pass your way clap their hands at you;58 they scoff59 and shake their heads60 at Daughter Jerusalem:61 "Is this the city that was called the perfection of beauty,62 the joy of the whole earth?"63 16 All your enemies open their mouths wide against you;64 they scoff and gnash their teeth65 and say, "We have swallowed her up.66 This is the day we have waited for; we have lived to see it."67 17 The LORD has done what he planned; he has fulfilled68 his word, which he decreed long ago.69 He has overthrown you without pity,70 he has let the enemy gloat over you,71 he has exalted the hornc of your foes.72 18 The hearts of the people cry out to the Lord.73 You walls of Daughter Zion,74 let your tears75 flow like a river day and night;76 give yourself no relief, your eyes no rest.77 19 Arise, cry out in the night, as the watches of the night begin; pour out your heart78 like water in the presence of the Lord.79 Lift up your hands80 to him for the lives of your children, who faint81 from hunger at every street corner. 20 "Look, LORD, and consider: Whom have you ever treated like this? Should women eat their offspring,82 the children they have cared for?83 Should priest and prophet be killed84 in the sanctuary of the Lord?85 21 "Young and old lie together in the dust of the streets; my young men and young women have fallen by the sword.86 You have slain them in the day of your anger; you have slaughtered them without pity.87 22 "As you summon to a feast day, so you summoned against me terrors88 on every side. In the day of the LORD's anger no one escaped89 or survived; those I cared for and reared90 my enemy has destroyed."
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