Chapter 1

1. How doth the city sit solitary, that was full of people! She is become

as a widow, that was great among the nations! She that was a princess among

the provinces is become tributary!

2 She weepeth sore in the night, and her tears are on her cheeks; Among

all her lovers she hath none to comfort her: All her friends have dealt

treacherously with her; they are become her enemies.

3 Judah is gone into captivity because of affliction, and because of

great servitude; She dwelleth among the nations, she findeth no rest: All

her persecutors overtook her within the straits.

4 The ways of Zion do mourn, 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.

5 Her adversaries are become the head, her enemies prosper; For Jehovah

hath afflicted her for the multitude of her transgressions: Her young

children are gone into captivity before the adversary.

6 And from the daughter of Zion all her majesty is departed: Her princes

are become like harts that find no pasture, And they are gone without

strength before the pursuer.

7 Jerusalem remembereth in the days of her affliction 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 none did help her, The adversaries

saw her, they did mock at her desolations.

8 Jerusalem hath grievously sinned; therefore she is become as an unclean

thing; All that honored her despise her, because they have seen her

nakedness: Yea, she sigheth, and turneth backward.

9 Her filthiness was in her skirts; she remembered not her latter end;

Therefore is she come down wonderfully; she hath no comforter: Behold, O

Jehovah, my affliction; for the enemy hath magnified himself.

10 The adversary hath spread out his hand upon all her pleasant things:

For she hath seen that the nations are entered into her sanctuary,

Concerning whom thou didst command that they should not enter into thine


11 All her people sigh, they seek bread; They have given their pleasant

things for food to refresh the soul: See, O Jehovah, and behold; for I am

become abject.

12. Is it nothing to you, all ye that pass by? Behold, and see if there be

any sorrow like unto my sorrow, which is brought upon me, Wherewith Jehovah

hath afflicted [me] in the day of his fierce anger.

13 From on high hath he sent fire into my bones, and it prevaileth

against them; He hath spread a net for my feet, he hath turned me back: He

hath made me desolate and faint all the day.

14 The yoke of my transgressions is bound by his hand; They are knit

together, they are come up upon my neck; He hath made my strength to fail:

The Lord hath delivered me into their hands, against whom I am not able to


15 The Lord hath set at nought all my mighty men in the midst of me; He

hath called a solemn assembly against me to crush my young men: The Lord

hath trodden as in a winepress the virgin daughter of Judah.

16 For these things I weep; mine eye, mine eye runneth down with water;

Because the comforter that should refresh my soul is far from me: My

children are desolate, because the enemy hath prevailed.

17 Zion spreadeth forth her hands; there is none to comfort her; Jehovah

hath commanded concerning Jacob, that they that are round about him should

be his adversaries: Jerusalem is among them as an unclean thing.

18 Jehovah is righteous; for I have rebelled against his commandment:

Hear, I pray you, all ye peoples, and behold my sorrow: My virgins and my

young men are gone into captivity.

19 I called for my lovers, [but] they deceived me: My priests and mine

elders gave up the ghost in the city, While they sought them food to

refresh their souls.

20 Behold, O Jehovah; for I am in distress; my heart is troubled; My

heart is turned within me; for I have grievously rebelled: Abroad the sword

bereaveth, at home there is as death.

21 They have heard that I sigh; there is none to comfort me; all mine

enemies have heard of my trouble; they are glad that thou hast done it:

Thou wilt bring the day that thou hast proclaimed, and they shall be like

unto me.

22 Let all their wickedness come before thee; And do unto them, as thou

hast done unto me for all my transgressions: For my sighs are many, and my

heart is faint. Lamentations 2

1. How hath the Lord covered the daughter of Zion with a cloud in his

anger! He hath cast down from heaven unto the earth the beauty of Israel,

And hath not remembered his footstool in the day of his anger.

2 The Lord hath swallowed up all the habitations of Jacob, and hath not

pitied: He hath thrown down in his wrath the strongholds of the daughter of

Judah; He hath brought them down to the ground; he hath profaned the

kingdom and the princes thereof.

3 He hath cut off in fierce anger all the horn of Israel; He hath drawn

back his right hand from before the enemy: And he hath burned up Jacob like

a flaming fire, which devoureth round about.

4 He hath bent his bow like an enemy, he hath stood with his right hand

as an adversary, And hath slain all that were pleasant to the eye: In the

tent of the daughter of Zion he hath poured out his wrath like fire.

5 The Lord is become as an enemy, he hath swallowed up Israel; He hath

swallowed up all her palaces, he hath destroyed his strongholds; And he

hath multiplied in the daughter of Judah mourning and lamentation.

6 And he hath violently taken away his tabernacle, as if it were of a

garden; he hath destroyed his place of assembly: Jehovah hath caused solemn

assembly and sabbath to be forgotten in Zion, And hath despised in the

indignation of his anger the king and the priest.

7 The Lord hath cast off his altar, he hath abhorred his sanctuary; He

hath given up into the hand of the enemy the walls of her palaces: They

have made a noise in the house of Jehovah, as in the day of a solemn


8 Jehovah hath purposed to destroy the wall of the daughter of Zion; He

hath stretched out the line, he hath not withdrawn his hand from

destroying; And he hath made the rampart and wall to lament; they languish


9 Her gates are sunk into the ground; he hath destroyed and broken her

bars: Her king and her princes are among the nations where the law is not;

Yea, her prophets find no vision from Jehovah.

10. The elders of the daughter of Zion sit upon the ground, they keep

silence; They have cast up dust upon their heads; They have girded

themselves with sackcloth: The virgins of Jerusalem hang down their heads

to the ground.

11 Mine eyes do fail with tears, my heart is troubled; My liver is poured

upon the earth, because of the destruction of the daughter of my people,

Because the young children and the sucklings swoon in the streets of the


12 They say to their mothers, 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.

13 What shall I testify unto thee? what shall I liken to thee, O daughter

of Jerusalem? What shall I compare to thee, that I may comfort thee, O

virgin daughter of Zion? For thy breach is great like the sea: who can heal


14 Thy prophets have seen for thee false and foolish visions; And they

have not uncovered thine iniquity, to bring back thy captivity, But have

seen for thee false oracles and causes of banishment.

15 All that pass by clap their hands at thee; 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?

16 All thine enemies have opened their mouth wide against thee; 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, we have seen it.

17 Jehovah hath done that which he purposed; He hath fulfilled his word

that he commanded in the days of old; He hath thrown down, and hath not

pitied: And he hath caused the enemy to rejoice over thee; He hath exalted

the horn of thine adversaries.

18 Their heart cried unto the Lord: O wall of the daughter of Zion, let

tears run down like a river day and night; Give thyself no respite; let not

the apple of thine eye cease.

19 Arise, cry out in the night, at the beginning of the watches; Pour out

thy heart like water before the face of the Lord: Lift up thy hands toward

him for the life of thy young children, that faint for hunger at the head

of every street.

20 See, O Jehovah, and behold to whom thou hast done thus! Shall the

women eat their fruit, the children that are dandled in the hands? Shall

the priest and the prophet be slain in the sanctuary of the Lord?

21 The youth and the old man lie on the ground in the streets; My virgins

and my young men are fallen by the sword: Thou hast slain them in the day

of thine anger; Thou hast slaughtered, [and] not pitied.

22 Thou hast called, as in the day of a solemn assembly, my terrors on

every side; And there was none that escaped or remained in the day of

Jehovah's anger: Those that I have dandled and brought up hath mine enemy


Chapter 3

1. I am the man that hath seen affliction by the rod of his wrath.

2 He hath led me and caused me to walk in darkness, and not in light.

3 Surely against me he turneth his hand again and again all the day.

4 My flesh and my skin hath he made old; he hath broken my bones.

5 He hath builded against me, and compassed me with gall and travail.

6 He hath made me to dwell in dark places, as those that have been long


7 He hath walled me about, that I cannot go forth; he hath made my chain


8 Yea, when I cry, and call for help, he shutteth out my prayer.

9 He hath walled up my ways with hewn stone; he hath made my paths


10 He is unto me as a bear lying in wait, as a lion in secret places.

11 He hath turned aside my ways, and pulled me in pieces; he hath made me


12 He hath bent his bow, and set me as a mark for the arrow.

13 He hath caused the shafts of his quiver to enter into my reins.

14 I am become a derision to all my people, and their song all the day.

15 He hath filled me with bitterness, he hath sated me with wormwood.

16 He hath also broken my teeth with gravel stones; he hath covered me

with ashes.

17 And thou hast removed my soul far off from peace; I forgat prosperity.

18 And I said, My strength is perished, and mine expectation from


19 Remember mine affliction and my misery, the wormwood and the gall.

20 My soul hath them still in remembrance, and is bowed down within me.

21. This I recall to my mind; therefore have I hope.

22 [It is of] Jehovah's lovingkindnesses that we are not consumed,

because his compassions fail not.

23 They are new every morning; great is thy faithfulness.

24 Jehovah is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.

25 Jehovah is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh


26 It is good that a man should hope and quietly wait for the salvation

of Jehovah.

27 It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth.

28 Let him sit alone and keep silence, because he hath laid it upon him.

29 Let him put his mouth in the dust, if so be there may be hope.

30 Let him give his cheek to him that smiteth him; let him be filled full

with reproach.

31 For the Lord will not cast off for ever.

32 For though he cause grief, yet will he have compassion according to

the multitude of his lovingkindnesses.

33 For he doth not afflict willingly, nor grieve the children of men.

34 To crush under foot all the prisoners of the earth,

35 To turn aside the right of a man before the face of the Most High,

36 To subvert a man in his cause, the Lord approveth not.

37. Who is he that saith, and it cometh to pass, when the Lord commandeth

it not?

38 Out of the mouth of the Most High cometh there not evil and good?

39 Wherefore doth a living man complain, a man for the punishment of his


40 Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to Jehovah.

41 Let us lift up our heart with our hands unto God in the heavens.

42. We have transgressed and have rebelled; thou hast not pardoned.

43 Thou hast covered with anger and pursued us; thou hast slain, thou

hast not pitied.

44 Thou hast covered thyself with a cloud, so that no prayer can pass


45 Thou hast made us an off-scouring and refuse in the midst of the


46 All our enemies have opened their mouth wide against us.

47 Fear and the pit are come upon us, devastation and destruction.

48 Mine eye runneth down with streams of water, for the destruction of

the daughter of my people.

49 Mine eye poureth down, and ceaseth not, without any intermission,

50 Till Jehovah look down, and behold from heaven.

51 Mine eye affecteth my soul, because of all the daughters of my city.

52 They have chased me sore like a bird, they that are mine enemies

without cause.

53 They have cut off my life in the dungeon, and have cast a stone upon


54 Waters flowed over my head; I said, I am cut off.

55. I called upon thy name, O Jehovah, out of the lowest dungeon.

56 Thou heardest my voice; hide not thine ear at my breathing, at my cry.

57 Thou drewest near in the day that I called upon thee; thou saidst,

Fear not.

58 O Lord, thou hast pleaded the causes of my soul; thou hast redeemed my


59 O Jehovah, thou hast seen my wrong; judge thou my cause.

60 Thou hast seen all their vengeance and all their devices against me.

61 Thou hast heard their reproach, O Jehovah, and all their devices

against me,

62 The lips of those that rose up against me, and their device against me

all the day.

63 Behold thou their sitting down, and their rising up; I am their song.

64 Thou wilt render unto them a recompense, O Jehovah, according to the

work of their hands.

65 Thou wilt give them hardness of heart, thy curse unto them.

66 Thou wilt pursue them in anger, and destroy them from under the

heavens of Jehovah.

Chapter 4

1. How is the gold become dim! [how] is the most pure gold changed! The

stones of the sanctuary are poured out at the head of every street.

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!

3 Even the jackals draw out the breast, they give suck to their young

ones: The daughter of my people is become cruel, like the ostriches in the


4 The tongue of the sucking child cleaveth to the roof of his mouth for

thirst: The young children ask bread, and no man breaketh it unto them.

5 They that did feed delicately are desolate in the streets: They that

were brought up in scarlet embrace dunghills.

6 For the iniquity of the daughter of my people is greater than the sin

of Sodom, That was overthrown as in a moment, and no hands were laid upon


7 Her nobles were purer than snow, they were whiter than milk; They were

more ruddy in body than rubies, their polishing was as of sapphire.

8 Their visage is blacker than a coal; They are not known in the streets:

Their skin cleaveth to their bones; it is withered, it is become like a


9 They that are slain with the sword are better than they that are slain

with hunger; For these pine away, stricken through, for want of the fruits

of the field.

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.

11 Jehovah hath accomplished his wrath, he hath poured out his fierce

anger; And he hath kindled a fire in Zion, which hath devoured the

foundations thereof.

12 The kings of the earth believed not, neither all the inhabitants of

the world, That the adversary and the enemy would enter into the gates of


13. [It is] because of the sins of her prophets, [and] the iniquities of

her priests, That have shed the blood of the just in the midst of her.

14 They wander as blind men in the streets, they are polluted with blood,

So that men cannot touch their garments.

15 Depart ye, they cried unto them, Unclean! depart, depart, touch not!

When they fled away and wandered, men said among the nations, They shall no

more sojourn [here].

16 The anger of Jehovah hath scattered them; He will no more regard them:

They respected not the persons of the priests, they favored not the elders.

17 Our eyes do yet fail [in looking] for our vain help: In our watching

we have watched for a nation that could not save.

18 They hunt our steps, so that we cannot go in our streets: Our end is

near, our days are fulfilled; for our end is come.

19 Our pursuers were swifter than the eagles of the heavens: They chased

us upon the mountains, they laid wait for us in the wilderness.

20 The breath of our nostrils, the anointed of Jehovah, was taken in

their pits; Of whom we said, Under his shadow we shall live among the


21. Rejoice and be glad, O daughter of Edom, that dwellest in the land of

Uz: The cup shall pass through unto thee also; thou shalt be drunken, and

shalt make thyself naked.

22 The punishment of thine iniquity is accomplished, O daughter of Zion;

He will no more carry thee away into captivity: He will visit thine

iniquity, O daughter of Edom; he will uncover thy sins.

Chapter 5

1. Remember, O Jehovah, what is come upon us: Behold, and see our


2 Our inheritance is turned unto strangers, Our houses unto aliens.

3 We are orphans and fatherless; Our mothers are as widows.

4 We have drunken our water for money; Our wood is sold unto us.

5 Our pursuers are upon our necks: We are weary, and have no rest.

6 We have given the hand to the Egyptians, And to the Assyrians, to be

satisfied with bread.

7 Our fathers sinned, and are not; And we have borne their iniquities.

8 Servants rule over us: There is none to deliver us out of their hand.

9 We get our bread at the peril of our lives, Because of the sword of the


10 Our skin is black like an oven, Because of the burning heat of famine.

11 They ravished the women in Zion, The virgins in the cities of Judah.

12 Princes were hanged up by their hand: The faces of elders were not


13 The young men bare the mill; And the children stumbled under the wood.

14 The elders have ceased from the gate, The young men from their music.

15 The joy of our heart is ceased; Our dance is turned into mourning.

16 The crown is fallen from our head: Woe unto us! for we have sinned.

17. For this our heart is faint; For these things our eyes are dim;

18 For the mountain of Zion, which is desolate: The foxes walk upon it.

19 Thou, O Jehovah, abidest for ever; Thy throne is from generation to


20 Wherefore dost thou forget us for ever, [And] forsake us so long time?

21 Turn thou us unto thee, O Jehovah, and we shall be turned; Renew our

days as of old.

22 But thou hast utterly rejected us; Thou art very wroth against us.

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