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ALEF

 1 How the gold has become dim!

 The most pure gold has changed!

 The stones of the sanctuary are poured out

 at the head of every street.

  BET

 2 The precious sons of Zion,

 comparable to fine gold,

 how are they esteemed as earthen pitchers,

 the work of the hands of the potter!

  GIMEL

 3 Even the jackals draw out the breast,

 they nurse their young ones;

 the daughter of my people has become cruel

 like the ostriches in the wilderness.

  DALETH

 4 The tongue of the nursing child

 clings to the roof of his mouth for thirst;

 the young children ask bread,

 and no man breaks it to them.

  HE

 5 Those who fed delicately

 are desolate in the streets;

 those who were brought up in scarlet

 embrace dunghills.

  VAV

 6 For the iniquity of the daughter of my people

 is greater than the sin of Sodom,

 which was overthrown as in a moment

 and no hands were laid on her.

  ZAYIN

 7 Her nobles were purer than snow,

 they were whiter than milk;

 they were more ruddy in body than coral,

 their polishing was as of sapphire.

  KHET

 8 Their appearance is blacker than a coal;

 they are not known in the streets;

 their skin clings to their bones;

 it is withered, it has become like a stick.

  TET

 9 Those who are killed with the sword are better

 than those who are killed with hunger,

 for these pine away, stricken through

 for lack of the fruit of the field.

  YOD

 10 The hands of the pitiful women

 have boiled their own children;

 they were their food

 in the destruction of the daughter of my people.

  KAF

 11 Yahweh has accomplished his wrath,

 he has poured out his fierce anger;

 he has kindled a fire in Zion

 that has devoured its foundations.

  LAMED

 12 The kings of the earth didn’t believe,

 neither all the inhabitants of the world,

 that the adversary and the enemy

 would enter into the gates of Jerusalem;

  MEM

 13 it is because of the sins of her prophets

 and the iniquities of her priests

 who have shed the blood of the righteous

 in the midst of her.

  NUN

 14 They wander as blind men in the streets,

 they are polluted with blood

 so that men

 cannot touch their garments.

  SAMEK

 15 “Depart!” they cried out to them, “Unclean!

 Depart, depart, do not touch!”

 When they fled away and wandered,

 men said among the nations,

 “They cannot live here any more.”

  PE

 16 The anger of Yahweh has scattered them;

 he will no more regard them.

 They didn’t respect the persons of the priests,

 they didn’t favor the elders.

  AYIN

 17 Our eyes still fail,

 looking in vain for our help.

 In our watching we have watched

 for a nation that could not save.

  TSADE

 18 They hunt our steps

 so that we cannot go in our streets.

 Our end is near, our days are fulfilled,

 for our end has come.

  QOF

 19 Our pursuers were swifter

 than the eagles of the heavens.

 They chased us on the mountains,

 they laid wait for us in the wilderness.

  RESH

 20 The breath of our nostrils, the anointed of Yahweh,

 was taken in their pits

 of whom we said,

 “Under his shadow we will live among the nations.”

  SIN

 21 Rejoice and be glad, daughter of Edom

 that dwell in the land of Uz;

 the cup will pass through to you also;

 you will be drunken and will make yourself naked.

  TAV

 22 The punishment of your iniquity is accomplished, daughter of Zion;

 he will no more carry you away into captivity,

 he will visit your iniquity, daughter of Edom;

 he will uncover your sins.

 

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