How doth the city sit solitary, that was full of
She is become as a widow, that was great among the nations!
She that was a princess among the provinces is become tributary!
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
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.
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.
Her adversaries are become the head, her enemies
For Jehovah hath afflicted her for the multitude of her transgressions:
Her young children are gone into captivity before the adversary.
And from the daughter of Zion all her majesty is
Her princes are become like harts that find no pasture,
And they are gone without strength before the pursuer.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
The yoke of my transgressions is bound by his
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
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.
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.
Zion spreadeth forth her hands; there is none to
Jehovah hath commanded concerning Jacob, that they that are round about
him should be his adversaries:
Jerusalem is among them as an unclean thing.
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.
I called for my lovers, but they deceived
My priests and mine elders gave up the ghost in the city,
While they sought them food to refresh their souls.
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.
They have heard that I sigh; there is none to
All mine enemies have heard of my trouble; they are glad that thou hast
Thou wilt bring the day that thou hast proclaimed, and they shall be like
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.
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.
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.
He hath cut off in fierce anger all the horn of
He hath drawn back his right hand from before the enemy:
And he hath burned up Jacob like a flaming fire, which devoureth round
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.
The Lord is become as an enemy, he hath swallowed
He hath swallowed up all her palaces, he hath destroyed his strongholds;
And he hath multiplied in the daughter of Judah mourning and lamentation.
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.
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
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
And he hath made the rampart and wall to lament; they languish together.
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.
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
The virgins of Jerusalem hang down their heads to the ground.
Mine eyes do fail with tears, my heart is
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
They say to their mothers, Where is grain and
When they swoon as the wounded in the streets of the city,
When their soul is poured out into their mothers' bosom.
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
For thy breach is great like the sea: who can heal thee?
Thy prophets have seen for thee false and
And they have not uncovered thine iniquity, to bring back thy captivity,
But have seen for thee false oracles and causes of banishment.
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
All thine enemies have opened their mouth wide
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
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.
Their heart cried unto the Lord:
O wall of the daughter of Zion, let tears run down like a river day and
Give thyself no respite; let not the apple of thine eye cease.
Arise, cry out in the night, at the beginning of
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.
See, O Jehovah, and behold to whom thou hast
Shall the women eat their fruit, the children that are dandled in the
Shall the priest and the prophet be slain in the sanctuary of the Lord?
The youth and the old man lie on the ground in
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.
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 consumed.
I am the man that hath seen affliction by the rod
of his wrath.
He hath led me and caused me to walk in darkness,
and not in light.
Surely against me he turneth his hand again and
again all the day.
My flesh and my skin hath he made old; he hath
broken my bones.
He hath builded against me, and compassed me with
gall and travail.
He hath made me to dwell in dark places, as those
that have been long dead.
He hath walled me about, that I cannot go forth;
he hath made my chain heavy.
Yea, when I cry, and call for help, he shutteth
out my prayer.
He hath walled up my ways with hewn stone; he
hath made my paths crooked.
He is unto me as a bear lying in wait, as a lion
in secret places.
He hath turned aside my ways, and pulled me in
pieces; he hath made me desolate.
He hath bent his bow, and set me as a mark for
He hath caused the shafts of his quiver to enter
into my reins.
I am become a derision to all my people, and
their song all the day.
He hath filled me with bitterness, he hath sated
me with wormwood.
He hath also broken my teeth with gravel stones;
he hath covered me with ashes.
And thou hast removed my soul far off from
peace; I forgat prosperity.
And I said, My strength is perished, and mine
expectation from Jehovah.
Remember mine affliction and my misery, the
wormwood and the gall.
My soul hath them still in remembrance, and is
bowed down within me.
This I recall to my mind; therefore have I hope.
It is of Jehovah's lovingkindnesses that
we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.
They are new every morning; great is thy
Jehovah is my portion, says my soul; therefore
will I hope in him.
Jehovah is good unto them that wait for him, to
the soul that seeketh him.
It is good that a man should hope and quietly
wait for the salvation of Jehovah.
It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in
Let him sit alone and keep silence, because he
hath laid it upon him.
Let him put his mouth in the dust, if so be
there may be hope.
Let him give his cheek to him that smiteth him;
let him be filled full with reproach.
For the Lord will not cast off for ever.
For though he cause grief, yet will he have
compassion according to the multitude of his lovingkindnesses.
For he doth not afflict willingly, nor grieve
the children of men.
To crush under foot all the prisoners of the
To turn aside the right of a man before the face
of the Most High,
To subvert a man in his cause, the Lord
Who is he that says, and it cometh to pass,
when the Lord commandeth it not?
Out of the mouth of the Most High cometh there
not evil and good?
Wherefore doth a living man complain, a man for
the punishment of his sins?
Let us search and try our ways, and turn again
Let us lift up our heart with our hands unto God
in the heavens.
We have transgressed and have rebelled; thou
hast not pardoned.
Thou hast covered with anger and pursued us;
thou hast slain, thou hast not pitied.
Thou hast covered thyself with a cloud, so that
no prayer can pass through.
Thou hast made us an off-scouring and refuse in
the midst of the peoples.
All our enemies have opened their mouth wide
Fear and the pit are come upon us, devastation
Mine eye runneth down with streams of water, for
the destruction of the daughter of my people.
Mine eye poureth down, and ceaseth not, without
Till Jehovah look down, and behold from heaven.
Mine eye affecteth my soul, because of all the
daughters of my city.
They have chased me sore like a bird, they that
are mine enemies without cause.
They have cut off my life in the dungeon, and
have cast a stone upon me.
Waters flowed over my head; I said, I am cut off.
I called upon thy name, O Jehovah, out of the
Thou heardest my voice; hide not thine ear at my
breathing, at my cry.
Thou drewest near in the day that I called upon
thee; thou saidst, Fear not.
O Lord, thou hast pleaded the causes of my soul;
thou hast redeemed my life.
O Jehovah, thou hast seen my wrong; judge thou
Thou hast seen all their vengeance and all their
devices against me.
Thou hast heard their reproach, O Jehovah, and
all their devices against me,
The lips of those that rose up against me, and
their device against me all the day.
Behold thou their sitting down, and their rising
up; I am their song.
Thou wilt render unto them a recompense, O
Jehovah, according to the work of their hands.
Thou wilt give them hardness of heart, thy curse
Thou wilt pursue them in anger, and destroy them
from under the heavens of Jehovah.
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.
The precious sons of Zion, comparable to fine
How are they esteemed as earthen pitchers, the work of the hands of the
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
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.
They that did feed delicately are desolate in the
They that were brought up in scarlet embrace dunghills.
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 her.
Her nobles were purer than snow, they were whiter
They were more ruddy in body than rubies, their polishing was as of
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
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.
The hands of the pitiful women have boiled their
They were their food in the destruction of the daughter of my people.
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
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 Jerusalem.
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.
They wander as blind men in the streets, they
are polluted with blood,
So that men cannot touch their garments.
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.
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.
Our eyes do yet fail in looking for our
In our watching we have watched for a nation that could not save.
They hunt our steps, so that we cannot go in our
Our end is near, our days are fulfilled; for our end is come.
Our pursuers were swifter than the eagles of the
They chased us upon the mountains, they laid wait for us in the wilderness.
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 nations.
Rejoice and be glad, O daughter of Edom, that
dwellest in the land of Uz:
The cup shall pass through unto thee also; thou will be drunken, and
will make thyself naked.
The punishment of thine iniquity is
accomplished, O daughter of Zion; he will no more carry thee away into
He will visit thine iniquity, O daughter of Edom; he will uncover thy sins.
Remember, O Jehovah, what is come upon us:
Behold, and see our reproach.
Our inheritance is turned unto strangers,
Our houses unto aliens.
We are orphans and fatherless;
Our mothers are as widows.
We have drunken our water for money;
Our wood is sold unto us.
Our pursuers are upon our necks:
We are weary, and have no rest.
We have given the hand to the Egyptians,
And to the Assyrians, to be satisfied with bread.
Our fathers sinned, and are not;
And we have borne their iniquities.
Servants rule over us:
There is none to deliver us out of their hand.
We get our bread at the peril of our lives,
Because of the sword of the wilderness.
Our skin is black like an oven,
Because of the burning heat of famine.
They ravished the women in Zion,
The virgins in the cities of Judah.
Princes were hanged up by their hand:
The faces of elders were not honored.
The young men bare the mill;
And the children stumbled under the wood.
The elders have ceased from the gate,
The young men from their music.
The joy of our heart is ceased;
Our dance is turned into mourning.
The crown is fallen from our head:
Woe unto us! for we have sinned.
For this our heart is faint;
For these things our eyes are dim;
For the mountain of Zion, which is desolate:
The foxes walk upon it.
Thou, O Jehovah, abidest for ever;
Thy throne is from generation to generation.
Wherefore dost thou forget us for ever,
And forsake us so long time?
Turn thou us unto thee, O Jehovah, and we shall
Renew our days as of old.
But thou hast utterly rejected us;
Thou art very wroth against us.