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.