Lament over Jerusalem
1Howa she sits alone,b
the cityc once crowded with people!
She who was great among the nations
has become like a widow.d
The princess among the provinces
has been put to forced labor.
2She weeps aloud during the night,e
with tears on her cheeks.
There is no one to offer her comfort,
not one from all her lovers.f, g
All her friends have betrayed her;
they have become her enemies.
3Judah has gone into exile
followingh affliction and harsh slavery;
she lives among the nations
but finds no place to rest.i
All her pursuers have overtaken her
in narrow places.
4The roads to •Zionj mourn,
for no one comes to the appointed festivals.k
All her gates are deserted;
her priests groan,
her young women grieve,
and she herself is bitter.
5Her adversaries have become her masters;l
her enemies are at ease,m
for the LORD has made her suffer
because of her many transgressions.
Her children have gone away
as captives before the adversary.
6All her splendorn has vanished
from Daughter Zion.o
Her leaders are like stags
that find no pasture;
they walk away exhausted
before the hunter.p
7During the days of her affliction and homelessnessq
Jerusalem remembers all her precious belongings
that were hers in days of old.
When her people fell into the adversary’s hand,
she had no one to help.
The adversaries looked at her,
laughing over her downfall.
8Jerusalem has sinned grievously;
therefore, she has become an object of scorn.r
All who honored her now despise her,
for they have seen her nakedness.
She herself groans and turns away.
9Her uncleanness stains her skirts.s
She never considered her end.
Her downfall was astonishing;t
there was no one to comfort her.
LORD, look on my affliction,
for the enemy triumphs!
10The adversary has seized
all her precious belongings.
She has even seen the nations
enter her sanctuary —
those You had forbidden
to enter Your assembly.u
11All her people groan
while they search for bread.v
They have traded their precious belongings for food
in order to stay alive.w
LORD, look and see
how I have become despised.
12Is this nothing to you, all you who pass by?x
Look and see!
Is there any pain like mine,
which was dealt out to me,
which the LORD made me suffer
on the day of His burning anger?y
13He sent fire from heavenz into my bones;
He made it descend.aa, ab
He spread a net for my feetac
and turned me back.
He made me desolate,
sick all day long.
14My transgressions have been formed into a yoke,ad, ae, af
fastened together by His hand;
they have been placed on my neck,
and the Lord has broken my strength.
He has handed me over
to those I cannot withstand.
15The Lord has rejectedag
all the mighty men within me.
He has summoned an armyah against me
to crush my young warriors.
The Lord has trampled Virgin Daughter Judahai
like grapes in a winepress.aj
16I weep because of these things;
my eyes flowak with tears.al
For there is no one nearby to comfort me,am
no one to keep me alive.
My children are desolate
because the enemy has prevailed.
17Zion stretches out her hands;
there is no one to comfort her.
The LORD has issued a decree against Jacob
that his neighbors should be his adversaries.
Jerusalem has become
something impurean among them.
18The LORD is just,
for I have rebelled against His command.ao
Listen, all you people;
look at my pain.
My young men and women
have gone into captivity.ap
19I called to my lovers,aq
but they betrayed me.
My priests and elders
perished in the city
while searching for food
to keep themselves alive.ar
20LORD, see how I am in distress.
I am churning within;as
my heart is broken,at
for I have been very rebellious.
Outside, the sword takes the children;
inside, there is death.au
21People have heard me groaning,av
but there is no one to comfort me.
All my enemies have heard of my misfortune;
they are glad that You have caused it.aw
Bring on the day You have announced,
so that they may become like me.ax
22Let all their wickedness come before You,
and deal with them
as You have dealt with me
because of all my transgressions.ay
For my groans are many,
and I am sick at heart.a. 1:1 The stanzas in Lm 1–4 form an •acrostic.b. 1:1 Lm 3:28c. 1:1 Lm 1:17d. 1:1 Ex 22:22; Dt 10:18; 24:19-21; Is 1:17; 47:8-9e. 1:2 Ps 6:6f. 1:2 = Jerusalem’s political alliesg. 1:2 Jr 3:1; 22:20-22h. 1:3 Or because ofi. 1:3 Dt 28:65; Ps 116:7j. 1:4 2Sm 5:7; Ps 20:2; Jr 51:35k. 1:4 Dt 16:16; 2Ch 8:13; Ps 84:5; Is 1:11-17l. 1:5 Dt 28:13,44m. 1:5 Jb 3:26; 12:6; Jr 12:1n. 1:6 Ezk 27:10o. 1:6 Lm 2:1,4,8; 4:22p. 1:6 Jr 39:4-7q. 1:7 Is 58:7; Lm 3:19r. 1:8 Or become impures. 1:9 Jr 13:22,26; Nah 3:5t. 1:9 Dt 28:43u. 1:10 Dt 23:3; Neh 13:1-3; Ezk 44:9v. 1:11 Jr 38:9; 52:6w. 1:11 Lm 1:19; 2:20; 4:10x. 1:12 Ps 89:41; Jr 22:8y. 1:12 Am 5:18z. 1:13 Gn 19:24; Hs 8:14; Am 1:4–2:5aa. 1:13 DSS, LXX; MT reads bones, and it prevailed against themab. 1:13 1Kg 18:38; 2Kg 1:10,12; Jb 30:30; Jr 20:9ac. 1:13 Ps 35:7; Is 51:20; Ezk 12:13; Hs 7:12ad. 1:14 Some Hb mss, LXX read He kept watch over my transgressionsae. 1:14 Or The yoke of my transgressions is bound ; Hb obscureaf. 1:14 Gn 27:40; Lv 26:13; Dt 28:48; 2Ch 10:3-11; Is 9:4; Jr 27:2,6-11ag. 1:15 Ps 119:118ah. 1:15 Or has announced an appointed timeai. 1:15 Lm 2:2,5aj. 1:15 Is 63:1-6; Jl 3:12-15; Rv 14:17-20; 19:15ak. 1:16 Lit my eye, my eye flowsal. 1:16 Jr 9:1,18; Lm 2:11,18; 3:48-49am. 1:16 Is 40:1an. 1:17 Lv 15:19-20; Ezk 7:19-20; 18:6ao. 1:18 Neh 9:33ap. 1:18 Dt 28:41; 2Ch 29:9; Ezr 9:7; Jr 48:46aq. 1:19 Lm 1:2ar. 1:19 Lm 1:11as. 1:20 Jb 30:27at. 1:20 Lit is turned within meau. 1:20 Dt 32:25; Ezk 7:15av. 1:21 Lm 1:4,8aw. 1:21 Lm 2:15-17ax. 1:21 Is 62:8–63:6; Ezk 38–39; Jl 3:1-3; Mc 7:8-13; Zch 14:1-9ay. 1:22 Lm 4:21-22