How alonely sits the city That was bfull of people! She has become like a cwidow Who was once dgreat among the nations! She who was a princess among the provinces Has become a eforced laborer!
She aweeps bitterly in the night And her tears are on her cheeks; She has none to comfort her Among all her blovers. All her friends have cdealt treacherously with her; They have become her enemies.
aJudah has gone into exile under affliction And under harsh servitude; She dwells bamong the nations, But she has found no rest; All cher pursuers have overtaken her In the midst of distress.
The roads of Zion are in mourning Because ano one comes to the appointed feasts. All her gates are bdesolate; Her priests are groaning, Her cvirgins are afflicted, And she herself is dbitter.
Her adversaries have become her masters, Her enemies prosper; For the Lord has acaused her grief Because of the multitude of her transgressions; Her little ones have gone away As captives before the adversary.
All her amajesty Has departed from the daughter of Zion; Her princes have become like deer That have found no pasture; And they have bfled without strength Before the pursuer.
In the days of her affliction and homelessness aJerusalem remembers all her precious things That were from the days of old, When her people fell into the hand of the adversary And bno one helped her. The adversaries saw her, They cmocked at her ruin.
Jerusalem sinned agreatly, Therefore bshe has become an unclean thing. All who honored her despise her Because they have seen her nakedness; Even cshe herself groans and turns away.
Her auncleanness was in her skirts; She did not consider her bfuture. Therefore she has cfallen astonishingly; dShe has no comforter. "eSee, O Lord, my affliction, For the enemy has fmagnified himself!"
The adversary has stretched out his hand Over all her precious things, For she has seen the anations enter her sanctuary, The ones whom You commanded That they should bnot enter into Your congregation.
All her people groan aseeking bread; They have given their precious things for food To brestore their lives themselves. "See, O Lord, and look, For I am cdespised."
"Is ait nothing to all you who pass this way? Look and see if there is any pain like my pain Which was severely dealt out to me, Which the bLord inflicted on the day of His cfierce anger.
"From on high He sent fire into my abones, And it prevailed over them. He has spread a bnet for my feet; He has turned me back; He has made me cdesolate, Faint all day long.
"The ayoke of my transgressions is bound; By His hand they are knit together. They have bcome upon my neck; He has made my strength fail. The Lord chas given me into the hands Of those against whom I am not able to stand.
"The aLord has rejected all my strong men In my midst; He has called an appointed time against me To crush my byoung men; The Lord has ctrodden as in a wine press The virgin daughter of Judah.
"For these things I aweep; My eyes run down with water; Because far from me is a bcomforter, One who restores my soul. My children are desolate Because the enemy has prevailed."
Zion astretches out her hands; There is no one to comfort her; The Lord has bcommanded concerning Jacob That the ones round about him should be his adversaries; cJerusalem has become an unclean thing among them.
"The Lord is arighteous; For I have brebelled against His command; Hear now, all peoples, And cbehold my pain; dMy virgins and my young men Have gone into captivity.
"I acalled to my lovers, but they deceived me; My bpriests and my elders perished in the city While they sought food to crestore their strength themselves.
"See, O Lord, for I am in distress; My aspirit is greatly troubled; My heart is overturned within me, For I have been very brebellious. In the street the sword slays; In the house it is like death.
"They have heard that I agroan; There is no one to comfort me; All my enemies have heard of my calamity; They are bglad that You have done it. Oh, that You would bring the day which You have proclaimed, That they may become clike me.
"Let all their wickedness come before You; And adeal with them as You have dealt with me For all my transgressions; For my groans are many and my heart is faint."