Lamentations 2
New American Standard Bible
God’s Anger over Israel

1How the Lord 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.

2The Lord 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.

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 moaning.

6And He has violently treated His tabernacle like a garden booth;
  He has destroyed His appointed meeting place.
  The LORD 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.

7The Lord 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 the LORD
  As in the day of an appointed feast.

8The LORD 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 the LORD.

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,
  O daughter of Jerusalem?
  To what shall I liken you as I comfort you,
  O 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.

17The LORD 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 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 because of hunger
  At the head of every street.”

20See, O LORD, 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 the Lord?

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 called 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.

NASB © 1995 by The Lockman Foundation


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