with a cloud in his anger!
He has cast down from heaven to the earth
the beauty of Israel,
and hasn’t remembered his footstool
in the day of his anger.BET
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.GIMEL
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.DALETH
he has stood with his right hand as an adversary,
he has killed all that were pleasant to the eye.
In the tent of the daughter of Zion
he has poured out his wrath like fire.HE
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.VAV
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.ZAYIN
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.KHET
the wall of the daughter of 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he has not withdrawn his hand from destroying;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.TET
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.YOD
sit on the ground, they keep silence;
they have cast up dust on their heads;
they have clothed themselves with sackcloth.
The virgins of Jerusalem
hang down their heads to the ground.KAF
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.LAMED
“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.MEM
To what will I compare you, daughter of Jerusalem?
To what can I liken you,
that I may comfort you, virgin daughter of Zion?
For your breach is great like the sea;
who can heal you?NUN
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.SAMEK
clap their hands at you.
They hiss and wag their head
at the daughter of Jerusalem,
saying, “Is this the city that men called The perfection of beauty,
The joy of the whole earth?”PE
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.”AYIN
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.TSADE
wall of the daughter of Zion,
let tears run down like a river
day and night.
Give yourself no respite;
do not let the apple of your eye cease.QOF
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.RESH
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?SHIN
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.TAV
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.