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ALEPH

1How the city sits solitary 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

2She weeps bitterly in the night, and her tears are on her cheeks; among all her lovers she has none to comfort her. All her friends have betrayed her; they have become her enemies.
 

GIMEL

3Judah has gone into captivity under affliction and under great servitude; she lives among the nations, she finds no rest; all her persecutors overtook her in the midst of her distress.
 

DALETH

4The roads of Zion mourn because no one comes to the appointed feasts. All her gates are desolate. Her priests are groaning, her virgins are grieving, and she herself is bitter.
 

HE

5Her adversaries have become her head, her enemies prosper for Yahweh has afflicted her because of the multitude of her transgressions. Her young children have gone into captivity before the face of the adversary.
 

VAV

6All the splendor has departed from Daughter Zion; her leaders have become like stags that can find no pasture, they have gone away, without strength, before the pursuer.
 

ZAYIN

7In the days of her affliction and her wandering, Jerusalem remembers all her precious things that were hers in the days of old. When her people fell into the hand of the adversary and no one helped her, her adversaries saw her; they mocked at her ruin.
 

KHET

8Jerusalem has grievously sinned, therefore she has become as an unclean thing. All who honored her hold her in contempt because they have seen her nakedness. Even she herself groans and turns her face away.
 

TET

9Her filthiness was in her skirts; she did not consider her future, therefore her downfall was astonishing; she has no comforter. O Yahweh, see my affliction; for the enemy has magnified himself!
 

YOD

10The adversary has spread out his hand upon all her pleasant things, for she has seen that the nations have entered into her sanctuary concerning whom you commanded that they were not to enter into your congregation.
 

KAF

11All her people groan; they seek bread; they have given up their pleasant things for food to refresh their soul. Look, Yahweh, and consider how worthless I have become.
 

LAMED

12Is it nothing to you, all you who pass by? Look and see if there is any sorrow like my sorrow that has been brought upon me, with which Yahweh has afflicted me in the day of his fierce anger.
 

MEM

13From on high has he sent fire into my bones and it has prevailed against them. He has spread a net for my feet; he has turned me back; he has made me desolate, faint all day long.
 

NUN

14The yoke of my transgressions 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

15The Lord has set at nothing 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

16For these things I weep; 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

17Zion spreads out her hands; 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

18Yahweh is righteous, 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

19I called for my lovers, but they deceived me. My priests and my elders died in the city while they sought food for themselves to refresh their souls.
 

RESH

20See, Yahweh, for I am in distress; 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

21They have heard that I sigh; 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

22Let all their wickedness come before you. Do to them as you have done to me for all my transgressions, for my sighs are many and my heart is faint.
 


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