that was full of people!
She has become as a widow,
she who was great among the nations!
She who was a princess among the provinces
has been put to forced labor!BET
and her tears are on her cheeks;
among all her lovers
she has none to comfort her.
All her friends have dealt treacherously with her;
they have become her enemies.GIMEL
because of affliction and because of great servitude;
she dwells among the nations,
she finds no rest;
all her persecutors overtook her
inside the straits.DALETH
because none come to the solemn assembly;
all her gates are desolate,
her priests do sigh:
her virgins are afflicted,
and she herself is in bitterness.HE
her enemies prosper,
for Yahweh has afflicted her
for the multitude of her transgressions;
her young children
are gone into captivity before the adversary.VAV
all her majesty is departed;
her officials are become like harts
that find no pasture,
they are gone without strength
before the pursuer.ZAYIN
and of her miseries all her pleasant things
that were from the days of old,
when her people fell into the hand of the adversary
and no one helped her.
The adversaries saw her,
they mocked at her desolations.KHET
therefore she has become as an unclean thing;
all who honored her despise her,
because they have seen her nakedness;
yes, she sighs and turns backward.TET
she didn’t remember her latter end,
therefore is she come down wonderfully;
she has no comforter.
Yahweh, see my affliction;
for the enemy has magnified himself.YOD
on all her pleasant things,
for she has seen that the nations
are entered into her sanctuary
concerning whom you commanded
that they should not enter into your assembly.KAF
they seek bread;
they have given their pleasant things for food
to refresh the soul.
Look, Yahweh, and see,
for I am become abject.LAMED
Look and see
if there is any sorrow like my sorrow
that is brought on me,
with which Yahweh has afflicted me
in the day of his fierce anger.MEM
and it prevails against them;
he has spread a net for my feet,
he has turned me back;
he has made me desolate
and faint all the day.NUN
is bound by his hand;
they are knit together,
they have come up on my neck;
he has made my strength to fail.
The Lord has delivered me into their hands
against whom I am not able to stand.SAMEK
all my mighty men in the midst of me,
He has called a solemn assembly against
me to crush my young men.
The Lord has trampled as in a winepress
the virgin daughter of Judah.AYIN
my eye, my eye runs down with water,
because the comforter who should refresh my soul
is far from me.
My children are desolate
because the enemy has prevailed.PE
there is none to comfort her;
Yahweh has commanded concerning Jacob
that those who are around him should be his adversaries;
Jerusalem is among them
as an unclean thing.TSADE
for I have rebelled against his commandment.
Please hear all you peoples,
and see my sorrow.
My virgins and my young men
are gone into captivity.QOF
but they deceived me.
My priests and my elders
gave up the spirit in the city
while they sought food for themselves
to refresh their souls.RESH
my bowels are troubled;
my heart is churning within me,
for I have grievously rebelled.
Abroad the sword bereaves,
at home there is as death.SHIN
there is none to comfort me.
All my enemies have heard of my trouble;
they are glad that you have done it.
You will bring the day that you have proclaimed,
and they may be like me.TAV
Do to them as you have done to me
for all my transgressions,
for my sighs are many
and my heart is faint.
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.
by the rod of his wrath.
in darkness and not in light.
again and again all the day.BET
he has broken my bones.
with gall and travail.GIMEL
he has made my chain heavy.
he shuts out my prayer.
he has made my paths crooked.DALETH
as a lion in secret places.
he has made me desolate.
and set me as a mark for the arrow.HE
to enter into my kidneys.
and their song all the day.
he has satiated me with wormwood.VAV
he has covered me with ashes.
I forgot prosperity.
and my expectation from Yahweh.”ZAYIN
the wormwood and the gall.
and is bowed down within me.
therefore have I hope:KHET
that we are not consumed,
because his compassion doesn’t fail.
great is your faithfulness.
“therefore will I hope in him.”TET
to the soul that seeks him.
for the salvation of Yahweh.
that he carry the yoke in his youth.YOD
because he has laid it on him.
if so be there may be hope.
let him be filled with reproach.KAF
will not cast off forever.
yet he will have compassion
according to the multitude of his loving kindnesses.
nor grieve the children of men.LAMED
all the prisoners of the earth,
before the face of the Most High,
the Lord doesn’t approve.MEM
come out of the mouth of the Most High?
a strong man complain because of the punishment for his sins?NUN
and turn again to Yahweh.
to God in the heavens.
you have not pardoned.SAMEK
you have killed, you have not pitied.
so that no prayer can pass through.
and refuse in the midst of the peoples.PE
have opened their mouths wide against us.
devastation and destruction.
because of the destruction of the daughter of my people.AYIN
and sees from heaven.
because of all the daughters of my city.TSADE
those who are my enemies without cause.
and have cast a stone on me.
I said, “I am cut off.”QOF
out of the lowest dungeon.
do not hide your ear at my breathing, at my cry.
you said, “Do not be afraid.”RESH
you have redeemed my life.
Judge my cause.
and all their devices against me.SHIN
and all their devices against me,
and their device against me all the day.
I am their song.TAV
according to the work of their hands.
your curse to them.
from under the heavens of Yahweh.
The most pure gold has changed!
The stones of the sanctuary are poured out
at the head of every street.BET
comparable to fine gold,
how are they esteemed as earthen pitchers,
the work of the hands of the potter!GIMEL
they nurse their young ones;
the daughter of my people has become cruel
like the ostriches in the wilderness.DALETH
clings to the roof of his mouth for thirst;
the young children ask bread,
and no man breaks it to them.HE
are desolate in the streets;
those who were brought up in scarlet
is greater than the sin of Sodom,
which was overthrown as in a moment
and no hands were laid on her.ZAYIN KHET
they are not known in the streets;
their skin clings to their bones;
it is withered, it has become like a stick.TET
than those who are killed with hunger,
for these pine away, stricken through
for lack of the fruit of the field.YOD
have boiled their own children;
they were their food
in the destruction of the daughter of my people.KAF
he has poured out his fierce anger;
he has kindled a fire in Zion
that has devoured its foundations.LAMED
neither all the inhabitants of the world,
that the adversary and the enemy
would enter into the gates of Jerusalem;MEM
and the iniquities of her priests
who have shed the blood of the righteous
in the midst of her.NUN
they are polluted with blood
so that men
cannot touch their garments.SAMEK
Depart, depart, do not touch!”
When they fled away and wandered,
men said among the nations,
“They cannot live here any more.”PE
he will no more regard them.
They didn’t respect the persons of the priests,
they didn’t favor the elders.AYIN
looking in vain for our help.
In our watching we have watched
for a nation that could not save.TSADE
so that we cannot go in our streets.
Our end is near, our days are fulfilled,
for our end has come.QOF
than the eagles of the heavens.
They chased us on the mountains,
they laid wait for us in the wilderness.RESH
was taken in their pits
of whom we said,
“Under his shadow we will live among the nations.”SIN TAV
he will no more carry you away into captivity,
he will visit your iniquity, daughter of Edom;
he will uncover your sins.
Look, and see our disgrace!
our houses to aliens.
our mothers are widows.
the wood we get is sold to us.
we are weary and have no rest.
because of the burning heat of famine.
the virgins in the cities of Judah.
our dancing has been turned into mourning.
Woe to us, for we have sinned!
because of these things our eyes grow dim;
your throne is from generation to generation.
and forsake us so long a time?
Renew our days as of old.
you are very angry against us.