Lamentations 1 BSB
Lamentations 1
Berean Study Bible

How Lonely Lies the City
(2 Kings 24:10-17)

1How lonely lies the city,

once so full of people!

She who was great among the nations

has become like a widow.

The princess of the provinces

has become a slave.

2She weeps aloud in the night,

with tears upon her cheeks.

Among all her lovers

there is no one to comfort her.

All her friends have betrayed her;

they have become her enemies.

3Judah has gone into exile

under affliction and harsh slavery;

she dwells among the nations

but finds no place to rest.

All her pursuers have overtaken her

in the midst of her distress.

4The roads to Zion mourn,

because no one comes to her appointed feasts.

All her gates are deserted;

her priests groan,

her maidens grieve,

and she herself is bitter with anguish.

5Her foes have become her masters;

her enemies are at ease.

For the LORD has brought her grief

because of her many transgressions.

Her children have gone away

as captives before the enemy.

6All the splendor has departed

from the Daughter of Zion.

Her princes are like deer

that find no pasture;

they lack the strength to flee

in the face of the hunter.

7In the days of her affliction and wandering

Jerusalem remembers all the treasures

that were hers in days of old.

When her people fell into the hand of the adversary,

she had no one to help.

Her enemies looked at her,

laughing at her downfall.

8Jerusalem has sinned greatly;

therefore she has become an object of scorn.

All who honored her now despise her,

for they have seen her nakedness;

she herself groans and turns away.

9Her uncleanness stains her skirts;

she did not consider her end.

Her downfall was astounding;

there was no one to comfort her.

Look, O LORD, on my affliction,

for the enemy has triumphed!

10The adversary has seized

all her treasures.

For she has seen the nations

enter her sanctuary—

those You had forbidden

to enter Your assembly.

11All her people groan

as they search for bread.

They have traded their treasures for food

to keep themselves alive.

Look, O LORD, and consider,

for I have become despised.

12Is this nothing to you, all you who pass by?

Look around and see!

Is there any sorrow like mine,

which was inflicted on me,

which the LORD made me suffer

on the day of His fierce anger?

13He sent fire from on high;

He made it seep into my bones;

He spread a net for my feet

and turned me back.

He made me desolate,

faint all the day long.

14My transgressions are bound into a yoke,a

knit together by His hand;

they have come upon my neck,

and the Lord has broken my strength.

He has handed me over

to those I cannot withstand.

15The Lord has rejected

all the warriors in my midst;

He has summoned an army against meb

to crush my young warriors.

Like grapes in a winepress

the Lord has trampled the Virgin Daughter of Judah.

16For these things I weep;

my eyes flow with tears.

For there is no one nearby to comfort me,

no one to revive my soul.

My children are destitute

because the enemy has prevailed.

17Zion stretches out her hands,

but there is no one to comfort her.

The LORD has decreed against Jacob

that his neighbors become his foes.

Jerusalem has become

an unclean thing among them.

18The LORD is righteous,

for I have rebelled against His command.

Listen, all you people;

look upon my suffering.

My young men and maidens

have gone into captivity.

19I called out to my lovers,

but they have betrayed me.

My priests and elders

perished in the city

while they searched for food

to keep themselves alive.

20Behold, O LORD, how distressed I am.

I am churning within;

my heart is overturned,

for I have been most rebellious.

Outside, the sword bereaves;

inside, there is death.

21People have heard my groaning,

but there is no one to comfort me.

All my enemies have heard of my trouble;

they are glad that You have caused it.

May You bring the day You have announced,

so that they may become like me.

22Let all their wickedness come before You,

and deal with them

as You have dealt with me

because of all my transgressions.

For my groans are many,

and my heart is faint.

Footnotes:

14 a Most Hebrew manuscripts; many Hebrew manuscripts and LXX He kept watch over my sins
15 b Or has set a time for me

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