Lamentations 2
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God’s Anger over Israel

1How the Lord has covered the Daughter of Zion (Jerusalem)

With a cloud in His anger!

He has cast down from heaven to the earth

The glory and splendor of Israel

And has not remembered His footstool

In the day of His anger.

2The Lord has swallowed up; He has not spared

All the country places of Jacob.

In His wrath He has thrown down

The strongholds of the Daughter of Judah (Jerusalem).

He has brought them down to the ground [in disgrace];

He has debased the kingdom and its princes.

3In fierce anger He has cut off and destroyed

Every [a]horn of Israel.

He has withdrawn His right hand

From the presence of the enemy.

And He has burned in Jacob like a flaming fire

Consuming all around.

4He has bent His bow like an enemy;

He has set His right hand like an adversary

And slain all that were delightful and pleasing to the eye;

In the tent of the Daughter of Zion

He has poured out His wrath like fire.

5The Lord 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 lamentation (expressions of grief).

6And He has violently broken down His temple like a [fragile] garden hedge;

He has destroyed His appointed meeting place.

The LORD has caused the appointed feast and Sabbath

To be forgotten in Zion

And has despised and rejected the king and the priest

In the indignation of His anger.

7The Lord has rejected His altar;

He has abandoned His sanctuary.

He has given into the hand of the enemy

The walls of her palaces;

They have made a noise in the house of the LORD

As on a day of an appointed feast.

8The LORD determined to lay in ruins

The [city] wall of the Daughter of Zion.

He has stretched out a line,

He has not stopped His hand from destroying.

He has caused the rampart and the wall to lament (mourn in grief);

They have languished together.

9Her gates have sunk into the ground;

He has destroyed and broken her bars.

Her king and her princes are [exiled] among the nations;

The law is no more.

Also, her prophets no longer find

Vision from the LORD.

10The elders of the Daughter of Zion

Sit on the ground keeping silent;

They have thrown dust on their heads,

They have covered themselves with sackcloth.

The virgins of Jerusalem

Have bowed their heads to the ground.

11My eyes fail because of tears [mourns Jeremiah],

My spirit is deeply disturbed;

My heart is poured out on the earth [in grief]

Because of the destruction of the daughter of my people [Jerusalem],

When little ones and infants faint

In the streets of the city.

12They cry to their mothers,

“Where is grain and wine?”

As they faint like a wounded man

In the streets of the city,

As their life [slips away and] is poured out

In their mothers’ arms.

13How shall I console you?

To what shall I compare you,

O Daughter of Jerusalem?

With what shall I compare you, so that I may comfort you,

O Virgin Daughter of Zion?

For your ruin is as vast as the sea;

Who can heal you?

14Your prophets have seen (imagined) for you

False and foolish visions;

And they have not exposed your wickedness

To restore you from captivity [by teaching you to repent],

But they have seen (imagined) and declared to you false and misleading oracles.

15All who pass along the way

Clap their hands in derision at you;

They scoff and shake their heads

At the Daughter of Jerusalem, saying,

“Is this the city that was called

‘The perfection of beauty,

The joy of all the earth’?”

16All your enemies

Have opened their mouths wide against you;

They [scornfully] hiss and gnash their teeth.

They say, “We have swallowed her up!

Certainly this is the day for which we waited;

We have reached it, we have seen it!”

17The LORD has done what He planned;

He has accomplished His word

Which He commanded [b]from days of old.

He has demolished without sparing,

And He has caused the enemy to rejoice over you;

He has exalted the power of your enemies.

18Their hearts cried out to the Lord.

“O 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 the Lord;

Lift up your hands to Him

For the life of your little ones

Who are faint from hunger

At the head of every street.”

20See, O LORD, and look!

With whom have You dealt this way?

Should women eat their offspring,

The little ones who were born healthy and beautiful?

Should priest and prophet be killed

In the sanctuary of the Lord?

21The young and the old

Lie on the ground in the streets;

My virgins and my young men

Have fallen by the sword.

You have killed them in the day of Your anger,

You have slaughtered, not sparing.

22You [LORD] called as in the day of an appointed feast

My terrors (dangers) on every side;

And there was no one who escaped or survived

In the day of the LORD’S anger.

Those I have cared for and brought up with tenderness,

My enemy annihilated them.

[a] 3 The horn is symbolic of strength and power.
[b] 17 The Jews were well aware of the ancient predictions of the coming judgment against Israel because of their sin.

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