Lamentations 1
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1How doth the city sit lonely {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 a vassal {tributary}! 2She weepeth bitterly {sore} in the night, and her tears are on her cheeks; among all her lovers she hath none to comfort her. All her friends have dealt treacherously with her, they are become her enemies. 3Judah is gone into captivity because of affliction, and because of great servitude; she dwelleth among the nations {heathen}, she findeth no rest; all her persecutors overtook her in her calamities {between the straits}. 4The ways of Zion do mourn, because none come to the solemn feasts; all her gates are desolate; her priests sigh, her virgins are afflicted, and she is in bitterness. 5Her adversaries are become the head {chief}, her enemies prosper; for the LORD hath afflicted her for the multitude of her transgressions; her children are gone into captivity before the enemy. 6And from the daughter of Zion all her beauty is departed; her princes are become like harts that find no pasture, and they are gone without strength before the pursuer.

7Jerusalem remembered in the days of her affliction and of her miseries all her pleasant things that she had in the days of old, when her people fell into the hand of the enemy, and none did help her; the adversaries saw her, and did mock at her sabbaths. 8Jerusalem hath grievously sinned; therefore, she is removed. All that honored her despise her, because they have seen her nakedness; yea, she sigheth, and turneth backward. 9Her filthiness is in her skirts; she remembereth not her latter {last} end; therefore, she came down terribly {wonderfully}, she had no comforter. O LORD, behold my affliction; for the enemy hath magnified himself. 10The adversary hath spread out his hand upon all her pleasant things; for she hath seen that the nations {heathen} entered into her sanctuary, whom Thou didst command that they should not enter into Thy congregation. 11All her people sigh, they seek bread; they have given their pleasant things for food to relieve the soul. See, O LORD, and consider; for I am become vile. 12Is it nothing to you, all ye that pass by? Behold, and see if there be any sorrow like unto my sorrow, which is done unto me, with which {wherewith} the LORD hath afflicted me in the day of His fierce anger. 13From above hath He sent fire into my bones, and it prevaileth against them; He hath spread a net for my feet, He hath turned me back, He hath made me desolate and faint all the day. 14The yoke of my transgressions is bound by His hand; they are knit together {wreathed}, and come up upon my neck; He hath made my strength to fall; the LORD hath delivered me into their hands, from whom I am not able to rise up. 15The LORD hath trampled {trodden} under foot all my mighty men in the midst of me; He hath called an assembly against me to crush my young men; the LORD hath trampled {trodden} the virgin, the daughter of Judah, as in a winepress. 16For these things I weep; mine eye, mine eye runneth down with water, because the comforter who should relieve my soul is far from me; my children are desolate, because the enemy prevailed.

17Zion spreadeth forth her hands, and there is none to comfort her; the LORD hath commanded concerning Jacob, that his adversaries should be round about him; Jerusalem is like {as} an unclean woman among them. 18The LORD is righteous; for I have rebelled against His commandment. Hear, I pray you, all people, and behold my sorrow; my virgins and my young men are gone into captivity. 19I called for my lovers, but they deceived me; my priests and mine elders died {gave up the ghost} in the city, while they sought their food to relieve their souls. 20Behold, O LORD; for I am in distress. My heart is {bowels are} troubled; mine heart is turned within me; for I have grievously rebelled; abroad the sword bereaveth, at home there is like {as} death. 21They have heard that I sigh; there is none to comfort me; all mine enemies have heard of my trouble; they are glad that Thou hast done it. Thou wilt bring the day that Thou hast called, and they shall be like unto me. 22Let all their wickedness come before Thee; and do unto them, as Thou hast done unto me for all my transgressions; for my sighs are many, and my heart is faint.

King James Bible: Purple Letter Edition
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