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1How the Lord has covered Daughter Zion with a cloud in his anger! He has cast down from heaven to the earth the beauty of Israel, and has not remembered his footstool in the day of his anger.


2The Lord has swallowed up all the habitations of Jacob, and has not pitied. He has thrown down in his wrath the strongholds of the daughter of Judah; he has brought them down to the ground; he has profaned the kingdom and its leaders.


3He has cut off in fierce anger all the horn of Israel; he has drawn back his right hand from before the enemy; he has burned up Jacob like a flaming fire that devours all around.


4He has bent his bow like an enemy, he has stood with his right hand as an adversary, he has killed all that were pleasant to the eye. In the tent of Daughter Zion he has poured out his wrath like fire.


5The Lord has become as an enemy, he has swallowed up Israel; he has swallowed up all her palaces, he has destroyed his strongholds; he has multiplied mourning and lamentation in the daughter of Judah.


6He has violently taken away his tabernacle, as if it were of a garden; he has destroyed his place of assembly. Yahweh has caused solemn assembly and Sabbath to be forgotten in Zion; in the indignation of his anger he has despised the king and the priest.


7The Lord has cast off his altar, he has abhorred his sanctuary; he has given up into the hand of the enemy the walls of her palaces. They have made a noise in the house of Yahweh as in the day of a solemn assembly.


8Yahweh has determined to destroy the wall of Daughter Zion; he has stretched out the line, he has not withdrawn his hand from destroying; he has made the rampart and wall to lament; they languish together.


9Her gates are sunk into the ground; he has destroyed and broken her bars; her king and her officials are among the nations where the law is not. Yes, her prophets find no vision from Yahweh.


10The elders of Daughter Zion sit on the ground, they keep silence; they have thrown dust on their heads; they have clothed themselves with sackcloth. The virgins of Jerusalem hang down their heads to the ground.


11My eyes do fail with tears, my bowels are troubled. My liver is poured on the earth because of the destruction of the daughter of my people, because the young children and the infants are fainting away in the streets of the city.


12They ask their mothers, “Where is grain and wine?” when they swoon as the wounded in the streets of the city when their soul is poured out into their mothers’ bosom.


13What can I testify to you? To what will I compare you, Daughter Jerusalem? To what can I liken you, that I may comfort you, virgin Daughter Zion? For your breach is great like the sea; who can heal you?


14Your prophets have seen false and foolish visions for you. They have not uncovered your iniquity to bring back your captivity, but have seen for you false burdens and causes of banishment.


15All that pass by clap their hands at you. They hiss and wag their head at Daughter Jerusalem, saying, “Is this the city that men called the perfection of beauty, The joy of the whole earth?”


16All your enemies have opened their mouth wide against you; they hiss and gnash the teeth; they say, “We have swallowed her up; certainly this is the day that we looked for; we have found it, we have seen it.”


17Yahweh has done what he purposed; he has fulfilled his word that he commanded in the days of old; he has thrown down, and has not pitied. He has caused the enemy to rejoice over you; he has exalted the horn of your adversaries.


18Their heart cried out to the Lord. O wall of the Daughter Zion, let tears run down like a river day and night! Give yourself no rest; do not let the apple of your eye cease.


19Arise, cry out in the night, at the beginning of the watches; pour out your heart like water before the face of the Lord. Lift up your hands toward him for the life of your young children that faint for hunger at the head of every street.


20Look, Yahweh, and see to whom you have done thus! Should the women eat their fruit, the children that are dandled in the hands? Should the priest and the prophet be killed in the sanctuary of the Lord?


21The youth and the old man 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 and not pitied.


22You have called, as in the day of a solemn assembly, my terrors on every side; there was none that escaped or remained in the day of Yahweh’s anger: those that I have dandled and brought up has my enemy consumed.

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