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 1 How has the Lord covered the daughter of Zion

 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.


 2 The 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.


 3 He 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.


 4 He 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 the daughter of Zion

 he has poured out his wrath like fire.


 5 The 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.


 6 He 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.


 7 The 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.


 8 Yahweh has purposed to destroy

 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 he has not withdrawn his hand from destroying;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.


 9 Her 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.


 10 The elders of the daughter of Zion

 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.


 11 My 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.


 12 They 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.


 13 What can I testify to you?

 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?


 14 Your 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.


 15 All that pass by

 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?”


 16 All 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.”


 17 Yahweh 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.


 18 Their heart cried out to the Lord,

 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.


 19 Arise, 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.


 20 Look, 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?


 21 The 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.


 22 You 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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