How lonely sits the city that was full of people! She has become like a widow who was once great among the nations! She who was a princess among the provinces Has become a forced laborer! 1:2She weeps bitterly in the night, and her tears are on her cheeks; she has none to comfort her Among all her lovers. All her friends have dealt treacherously with her; they have become her enemies. 3Judah has gone into exile under affliction, and under harsh servitude; she dwells among the nations, but she has found no rest; all her pursuers have overtaken her In the midst of distress. 4The roads of Zion are in mourning Because no one comes to the appointed feasts. All her gates are desolate; her priests are groaning, her virgins are afflicted, and she herself is bitter. 5Her adversaries have become her masters, her enemies prosper; for Yahweh has caused her grief Because of the multitude of her transgressions; her little ones have gone away As captives before the adversary. 6And all her majesty Has departed from the daughter of Zion; her princes have become like bucks That have found no pasture; and they have fled without strength Before the pursuer. 7In the days of her affliction and homelessness Jerusalem remembers all her precious things That were from the days of old when her people fell into the hand of the adversary, and no one helped her. The adversaries saw her, they mocked at her ruin. 8Jerusalem sinned greatly, therefore she has become an unclean thing. All who honored her despise her because they have seen her nakedness; even she herself groans and turns away. 9Her uncleanness was in her skirts; she did not consider her future; therefore she has fallen astonishingly; she has no comforter. “See, Yahweh, my affliction, for the enemy has magnified himself!” 10The adversary has stretched out his hand Over all her precious things, for she has seen the nations enter her sanctuary, the ones whom you did command That they should not enter into your congregation. 11All her people groan seeking bread; they have given their precious things for food to restore their lives themselves. “See, Yahweh, and look, for I am despised.” 12“Is it nothing to all you who pass this way? Look and see if there is any pain like my pain which was severely dealt out to me, which Yahweh inflicted on the day of his fierce anger. 13“From on high he sent fire into my bones, and it prevailed over them; he has spread a net for my feet; he has turned me back; he has made me desolate, faint all day long. 14“The yoke of my transgressions is bound; by his hand they are knit together; they have come upon my neck; he has made my strength fail; Adonai has given me into the hands Of those against whom I am not able to stand. 15“Yahweh has rejected all my strong men In my midst; he has called an appointed time against me To crush my young men; Adonai has trodden as in a wine press The virgin daughter of Judah. 16“For these things I weep; my eyes run down with water; because far from me is a comforter, one who restores my soul; my children are desolate because the enemy has prevailed.” 17Zion stretches out her hands; there is no one to comfort her; Yahweh has commanded concerning Jacob That the ones round about him should be his adversaries; Jerusalem has become an unclean thing among them. 18“Yahweh is righteous; for I have rebelled against his command; hear now, all peoples, and behold my pain; my virgins and my young men Have gone into captivity. 19“I called to my lovers, but they deceived me; my priests and my elders perished in the city, while they sought food to restore their strength themselves. 20“See, Yahweh, for I am in distress; my spirit is greatly troubled; my heart is overturned within me, for I have been very rebellious. In the street the sword slays; in the house it is like death. 21“They have heard that I groan; there is no one to comfort me; all my enemies have heard of my calamity; they are glad that you have done it. Oh, that you wouldst bring the day which you have proclaimed, that they may become like me. 22“Let all their wickedness come before you; and deal with them as you have dealt with me For all my transgressions; for my groans are many, and my heart is faint.”
How Adonai has covered the daughter of Zion with a cloud in his anger! He has cast from heaven to earth The glory of Israel, and has not remembered his footstool In the day of his anger. 2:2Adonai has swallowed up; he has not spared All the habitations of Jacob. In his wrath he has thrown down The strongholds of the daughter of Judah; he has brought them down to the ground; he has profaned the kingdom and its princes. 3In fierce anger he has cut off All the strength of Israel; he has drawn back his right hand from before the enemy. And he has burned in Jacob like a flaming fire Consuming round about. 4He has bent his bow like an enemy, he has set his right hand like an adversary and slain all that were pleasant to the eye; in the tent of the daughter of Zion he has poured out his wrath like fire. 5Adonai has become like an enemy. He has swallowed up Israel; he has swallowed up all its palaces; he has destroyed its strongholds and multiplied in the daughter of Judah Mourning and moaning. 6And he has violently treated his tabernacle like a garden booth; he has destroyed his appointed meeting place; Yahweh has caused to be forgotten The appointed feast and sabbath in Zion, and he has despised king and priest In the indignation of his anger. 7Adonai has rejected his altar, he has abandoned his sanctuary; he has delivered into the hand of the enemy The walls of her palaces. They have made a noise in the house of Yahweh As in the day of an appointed feast. 8Yahweh determined to destroy The wall of the daughter of Zion. He has stretched out a line, he has not restrained his hand from destroying; and he has caused rampart and wall to lament; they have languished together. 9Her gates have sunk into the ground, he has destroyed and broken her bars. Her king and her princes are among the nations; the Law is no more; also, her prophets find No vision from Yahweh. 10The elders of the daughter of Zion Sit on the ground, they are silent. They have thrown dust on their heads; they have girded themselves with sackcloth. The virgins of Jerusalem Have bowed their heads to the ground. 11My eyes fail because of tears, my spirit is greatly troubled; my heart is poured out on the earth, because of the destruction of the daughter of my people, when little ones and infants faint In the streets of the city. 12They say to their mothers, “Where is grain and wine?” As they faint like a wounded man In the streets of the city, as their life is poured out On their mothers’ bosom. 13How shall I admonish you? To what shall I compare you, daughter of Jerusalem? To what shall I liken you as I comfort you, virgin daughter of Zion? For your ruin is as vast as the sea; who can heal you? 14Your prophets have seen for you False and foolish visions; and they have not exposed your iniquity So as to restore you from captivity, but they have seen for you false and misleading oracles. 15All who pass along the way Clap their hands in derision at you; they hiss and shake their heads at the daughter of Jerusalem, “Is this the city of which they said, ‘The perfection of beauty, a joy to all the earth?’” 16All your enemies Have opened their mouths wide against you; they hiss and gnash their teeth. They say, “We have swallowed her up! Surely this is the day for which we waited; we have reached it, we have seen it.” 17Yahweh has done what he purposed; he has accomplished his word which he commanded from days of old. He has thrown down without sparing, and he has caused the enemy to rejoice over you; he has exalted the might of your adversaries. 18Their heart cried out to Adonai, “Wall of the daughter of Zion, let your tears run down like a river day and night; give yourself no relief; let your eyes have no rest. 19“Arise, cry aloud in the night at the beginning of the night watches; pour out your heart like water Before the presence of Adonai; lift up your hands to him For the life of your little ones who are faint because of hunger at the head of every street.” 20See, Yahweh, and look! With whom have you dealt thus? Should women eat their offspring, the little ones who were born healthy? Should priest and prophet be slain In the sanctuary of Adonai? 21On the ground in the streets Lie young and old, my virgins and my young men Have fallen by the sword. You have slain them in the day of your anger, you have slaughtered, not sparing. 22You did call as in the day of an appointed feast my terrors on every side; and there was no one who escaped or survived In the day of the LORD’s anger. Those whom I bore and reared, my enemy annihilated them.
I am the man who has seen affliction because of the rod of his wrath. 3:2He has driven me and made me walk In darkness and not in light. 3Surely against me he has turned his hand Repeatedly all the day. 4He has caused my flesh and my skin to waste away, he has broken my bones. 5He has besieged and encompassed me with bitterness and hardship. 6In dark places he has made me dwell, like the enduringly dead. 7He has walled me in so that I cannot go out; he has made my chain heavy. 8Even when I cry out and call for help, he shuts out my prayer. 9He has blocked my ways with hewn stone; he has made my paths crooked. 10He is to me like a bear lying in wait, like a lion in secret places. 11He has turned aside my ways and torn me to pieces; he has made me desolate. 12He bent his bow and set me as a target for the arrow. 13He made the arrows of his quiver To enter into my inward parts. 14I have become a laughingstock to all my people, their mocking song all the day. 15He has filled me with bitterness, he has made me drunk with wormwood. 16And he has broken my teeth with gravel; he has made me cower in the dust. 17And my soul has been rejected from peace; I have forgotten happiness. 18So I say, “My strength has perished, and so has my hope from Yahweh.” 19Remember my affliction and my wandering, the wormwood and bitterness. 20Remembering your soul may remember concerning me. 21This I recall to my heart; therefore I shall have hope. 22Yahweh’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease; for his compassions never fail. 23They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. 24“Yahweh is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I have hope in him.” 25Yahweh is good to those who wait for him, to the person who seeks him. 26It is good that he waits silently for the salvation of Yahweh. 27It is good for a man that he should bear the yoke in his youth. 28Let him sit alone and be silent since he has laid it on him. 29Let him put his mouth in the dust, perhaps there is hope. 30Let him give his cheek to the smiter; let him be filled with reproach. 31For Adonai will not reject to time immemorial, 32for if he causes grief, then he will have compassion according to his abundant lovingkindness. 33For he does not afflict willingly, or grieve the sons of men. 34To crush under his feet All the prisoners of the land, 35to deprive a man of justice In the presence of the Most High, 36to defraud a man in his lawsuit—Of these things Adonai does not approve. 37Who is there who speaks and it comes to pass, unless Adonai has commanded it? 38Is it not from the mouth of the Most High That both good and ill go forth? 39Why should any living mortal, or any man, offer complaint in view of his sins? 40Let us examine and probe our ways, and let us return to Yahweh. 41We lift up our heart and hands toward the Almighty in heaven; 42we have transgressed and rebelled, you have not pardoned. 43You have covered yourself with anger and pursued us; you have slain and have not spared. 44You have covered yourself with a cloud So that no prayer can pass through. 45Mere offscouring and refuse you have made us In the midst of the peoples. 46All our enemies have opened their mouths against us. 47Panic and pitfall have befallen us, devastation and destruction; 48my eyes run down with streams of water Because of the destruction of the daughter of my people. 49My eyes pour down unceasingly, without stopping, 50until Yahweh looks down and sees from heaven. 51My eyes bring pain to my soul Because of all the daughters of my city. 52My enemies without cause Hunted me down like a bird; 53they have silenced me in the pit and have placed a stone on me. 54Waters flowed over my head; I said, “I am cut off!” 55I called on your name, Yahweh, out of the lowest pit. 56You have heard my voice, “Do not hide your ear from my prayer for relief, from my cry for help.” 57You did draw near when I called on you; you did say, “Do not fear!” 58Adonai, you did plead my soul’s cause; you have redeemed my life. 59Yahweh, you have seen my oppression; judge my case. 60You have seen all their vengeance, all their schemes against me. 61You have heard their reproach, Yahweh, all their schemes against me. 62The lips of my assailants and their whispering Are against me all day long. 63Look on their sitting and their rising; I am their mocking song. 64You will recompense them, Yahweh, according to the work of their hands. 65You will give them hardness of heart, your curse will be on them. 66You will pursue them in anger and destroy them from under the heavens of Yahweh!
How dark the gold has become, how the pure gold has changed! The sacred stones are poured out at the corner of every street. 4:2The precious sons of Zion, weighed against fine gold, how they are regarded as earthen jars, the work of a potter’s hands! 3Even jackals offer the breast, they nurse their young; but the daughter of my people has become cruel Like ostriches in the wilderness. 4The tongue of the infant cleaves To the roof of its mouth because of thirst; the little ones ask for bread, but no one breaks it for them. 5Those who ate delicacies are desolate in the streets; those being supported in purple embrace ash pits. 6For the iniquity of the daughter of my people Is greater than the sin of Sodom, which was overthrown as in a moment, and no hands were turned toward her. 7Her consecrated ones were purer than snow, they were whiter than milk; they were more ruddy in body than corals, their polishing was like lapis lazuli. 8Their appearance is blacker than soot, they are not recognized in the streets; their skin is shriveled on their bones, it is withered, it has become like wood. 9Better are those slain with the sword Than those slain with hunger; for they pine away, being stricken For lack of the fruits of the field. 10The hands of compassionate women Boiled their own children; they became food for them Because of the destruction of the daughter of my people. 11Yahweh has accomplished his wrath, he has poured out his fierce anger; and he has kindled a fire in Zion which has consumed its foundations. 12The kings of the earth did not give any support, nor did any of the inhabitants of the world, when the adversary and the enemy was entering the gates of Jerusalem. 13Because of the sins of her prophets and the iniquities of her priests, who have shed in her midst the blood of the righteous, 14they wandered, blind, in the streets; they were defiled with blood so that no one could touch their garments. 15“Depart! Unclean!” they cried of themselves. “Depart, depart, do not touch!” So they fled and wandered; men among the nations said, “They shall not continue to dwell with us.” 16The presence of Yahweh has scattered them; he will not continue to regard them. They did not honor the priests, they did not favor the elders. 17Yet our eyes failed; looking for help was useless. In our watching we have watched For a nation that could not save. 18They hunted our steps So that we could not walk in our streets; our end drew near, our days were finished For our end had come. 19Our pursuers were swifter Than the eagles of the sky. They chased us on the mountains; they waited in ambush for us in the wilderness. 20The breath of our nostrils, the LORD’s anointed, was captured in their pits, of whom we had said, “Under his shadow we shall live among the nations.” 21Rejoice and be glad, daughter of Edom, who dwells in the land of Uz; but the cup will come around to you as well, you will become drunk and make yourself naked. 22The punishment of your iniquity has been completed, daughter of Zion; he will exile you no longer. But he will punish your iniquity, daughter of Edom; he will expose your sins!
Remember, Yahweh, what has befallen us; look, and see our reproach! 5:2Our inheritance has been turned over to strangers, our houses to aliens. 3We have become orphans without a father, our mothers are like widows. 4We have to pay for our drinking water, our wood comes to us at a price. 5Our pursuers are at our necks; we are worn out, there is no rest for us. 6We have submitted to Egypt and Assyria to get enough bread. 7Our fathers sinned, and are no more; it is we who have borne their iniquities. 8Slaves rule over us; there is no one to deliver us from their hand. 9We get our bread at the risk of our lives Because of the sword in the wilderness. 10Our skin has become as hot as an oven, because of the burning heat of famine. 11They ravished the women in Zion, the virgins in the cities of Judah. 12Princes were hung by their hands; elders were not respected. 13Young men worked at the grinding mill; and youths stumbled under loads of wood. 14Elders are gone from the gate, young men from their music. 15The joy of our hearts has ceased; our dancing has been turned into mourning. 16The crown has fallen from our head; woe to us, for we have sinned! 17Because of this our heart is faint; because of these things our eyes are dim; 18because of Mount Zion which lies desolate, foxes prowl in it. 19You, Yahweh, rule to time immemorial; your throne is from generation to generation. 20Why do you forget us forever; why do you forsake us so long? 21Restore us to you, Yahweh, that we may be restored; renew our days as of old, 22unless you have utterly rejected us, and are exceedingly angry with us.