Lamentations 1:1
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New International Version
How deserted lies the city, once so full of people! How like a widow is she, who once was great among the nations! She who was queen among the provinces has now become a slave.

New Living Translation
Jerusalem, once so full of people, is now deserted. She who was once great among the nations now sits alone like a widow. Once the queen of all the earth, she is now a slave.

English Standard Version
How lonely sits the city that was full of people! How like a widow has she become, she who was great among the nations! She who was a princess among the provinces has become a slave.

New American Standard Bible
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!

King James Bible
How doth the city sit solitary, that was full of people! how is she become as a widow! she that was great among the nations, and princess among the provinces, how is she become tributary!

Holman Christian Standard Bible
How she sits alone, the city once crowded with people! She who was great among the nations has become like a widow. The princess among the provinces has been put to forced labor.

International Standard Version
How lonely she lies, the city that thronged with people! Like a widow she has become, this great one among nations! The princess among provinces has become a vassal.

NET Bible
Alas! The city once full of people now sits all alone! The prominent lady among the nations has become a widow! The princess who once ruled the provinces has become a forced laborer!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Look how deserted Jerusalem is! Once the city was crowded with people. Once it was important among the nations. Now it is a widow. Once it was a princess among the provinces. Now it does forced labor.

JPS Tanakh 1917
HOW DOTH the city sit solitary, That was full of people! How is she become as a widow! She that was great among the nations, And princess among the provinces, How is she become tributary!

New American Standard 1977
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!

Jubilee Bible 2000
Aleph How does the city sit solitary, that was full of people! The great one among the nations is become as a widow; the princess of provinces is become tributary.

King James 2000 Bible
How does the city sit lovely, that was full of people! how has she become as a widow! she that was great among the nations, and princess among the provinces, how has she become a slave!

American King James Version
How does the city sit solitary, that was full of people! how is she become as a widow! she that was great among the nations, and princess among the provinces, how is she become tributary!

American Standard Version
How doth the city sit solitary, that was full of people! She is become as a widow, that was great among the nations! She that was a princess among the provinces is become tributary!

Douay-Rheims Bible
Aleph. How doth the city sit solitary that was full of people! how is the mistress of the Gentiles become as a widow: the princes of provinces made tributary!

Darby Bible Translation
How doth the city sit solitary [that] was full of people! She that was great among the nations is become as a widow; the princess among the provinces is become tributary!

English Revised Version
How doth the city sit solitary, that was full of people! how is she become as a widow! she that was great among the nations, and princess among the provinces, how is she become tributary!

Webster's Bible Translation
How doth the city sit solitary, that was full of people! how is she become as a widow! she that was great among the nations, and princess among the provinces, how is she become tributary.

World English Bible
How the city sits solitary, that was full of people! She has become as a widow, who was great among the nations! She who was a princess among the provinces is become tributary!

Young's Literal Translation
How hath she sat alone, The city abounding with people! She hath been as a widow, The mighty among nations! Princes among provinces, She hath become tributary!
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
1:1-11 The prophet sometimes speaks in his own person; at other times Jerusalem, as a distressed female, is the speaker, or some of the Jews. The description shows the miseries of the Jewish nation. Jerusalem became a captive and a slave, by reason of the greatness of her sins; and had no rest from suffering. If we allow sin, our greatest adversary, to have dominion over us, justly will other enemies also be suffered to have dominion. The people endured the extremities of famine and distress. In this sad condition Jerusalem acknowledged her sin, and entreated the Lord to look upon her case. This is the only way to make ourselves easy under our burdens; for it is the just anger of the Lord for man's transgressions, that has filled the earth with sorrows, lamentations, sickness, and death.
Study Bible
How Lonely Lies the City
1How 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! 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.…
Cross References
1 Kings 4:21
Now Solomon ruled over all the kingdoms from the River to the land of the Philistines and to the border of Egypt; they brought tribute and served Solomon all the days of his life.

2 Kings 23:35
So Jehoiakim gave the silver and gold to Pharaoh, but he taxed the land in order to give the money at the command of Pharaoh. He exacted the silver and gold from the people of the land, each according to his valuation, to give it to Pharaoh Neco.

Ezra 4:20
that mighty kings have ruled over Jerusalem, governing all the provinces beyond the River, and that tribute, custom and toll were paid to them.

Isaiah 3:26
And her gates will lament and mourn, And deserted she will sit on the ground.

Isaiah 22:2
You who were full of noise, You boisterous town, you exultant city; Your slain were not slain with the sword, Nor did they die in battle.

Isaiah 49:21
"Then you will say in your heart, 'Who has begotten these for me, Since I have been bereaved of my children And am barren, an exile and a wanderer? And who has reared these? Behold, I was left alone; From where did these come?'"

Isaiah 54:4
"Fear not, for you will not be put to shame; And do not feel humiliated, for you will not be disgraced; But you will forget the shame of your youth, And the reproach of your widowhood you will remember no more.

Jeremiah 31:7
For thus says the LORD, "Sing aloud with gladness for Jacob, And shout among the chief of the nations; Proclaim, give praise and say, 'O LORD, save Your people, The remnant of Israel.'

Jeremiah 40:9
Then Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan, swore to them and to their men, saying, "Do not be afraid of serving the Chaldeans; stay in the land and serve the king of Babylon, that it may go well with you.

Jeremiah 42:2
and said to Jeremiah the prophet, "Please let our petition come before you, and pray for us to the LORD your God, that is for all this remnant; because we are left but a few out of many, as your own eyes now see us,
Treasury of Scripture

How does the city sit solitary, that was full of people! how is she become as a widow! she that was great among the nations, and princess among the provinces, how is she become tributary!

how doth. The LXX. have the following words as an introduction: 'And it came to pass after Israel had been carried captive, and Jerusalem was become desolate, that Jeremiah sat weeping, and lamented with this lamentation over Jerusalem, and said.'

Lamentations 2:1 How has the LORD covered the daughter of Zion with a cloud in his …

Lamentations 4:1 How is the gold become dim! how is the most fine gold changed! the …

Isaiah 14:12 How are you fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how …

Jeremiah 50:23 How is the hammer of the whole earth cut asunder and broken! how …

Zephaniah 2:15 This is the rejoicing city that dwelled carelessly, that said in …

Revelation 18:16,17 And saying, Alas, alas that great city, that was clothed in fine …

sit

Lamentations 2:10 The elders of the daughter of Zion sit on the ground, and keep silence: …

Isaiah 3:26 And her gates shall lament and mourn; and she being desolate shall …

Isaiah 47:1 Come down, and sit in the dust, O virgin daughter of Babylon, sit …

Isaiah 50:5 The Lord GOD has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious, neither …

Isaiah 52:2 Shake yourself from the dust; arise, and sit down, O Jerusalem: loose …

Jeremiah 9:11 And I will make Jerusalem heaps, and a den of dragons; and I will …

Ezekiel 26:16 Then all the princes of the sea shall come down from their thrones, …

full

Psalm 122:4 Where the tribes go up, the tribes of the LORD, to the testimony …

Isaiah 22:2 You that are full of stirs, a tumultuous city, joyous city: your …

Zechariah 8:4,5 Thus said the LORD of hosts; There shall yet old men and old women …

as a

Isaiah 47:8,9 Therefore hear now this, you that are given to pleasures, that dwell …

Isaiah 54:4 Fear not; for you shall not be ashamed: neither be you confounded; …

Revelation 18:7 How much she has glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much …

great

1 Kings 4:21 And Solomon reigned over all kingdoms from the river to the land …

2 Chronicles 9:26 And he reigned over all the kings from the river even to the land …

Ezra 4:20 There have been mighty kings also over Jerusalem, which have ruled …

how is

Lamentations 5:16 The crown is fallen from our head: woe to us, that we have sinned!

2 Kings 23:33,35 And Pharaohnechoh put him in bands at Riblah in the land of Hamath, …

Nehemiah 5:4 There were also that said, We have borrowed money for the king's …

Nehemiah 9:37 And it yields much increase to the kings whom you have set over us …

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