The Lamentations of Jeremiah
1:1How 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!
1:2She 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.
1:3Judah 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.
1:4The 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.
1:5Her adversaries are become the head,
her enemies prosper;
For Jehovah hath afflicted her for the multitude of her
Her young children are gone into captivity before the adversary.
1:6And 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.
1:7Jerusalem 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.
1:8Jerusalem hath grievously sinned;
therefore she is become as an unclean thing;
All that honored her despise her, because they have seen her
Yea, she sigheth, and turneth backward.
1:9Her 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
1:10The adversary hath spread out his hand
upon all her pleasant things:
For she hath seen that the nations are entered into her
Concerning whom thou didst command that they should not enter
into thine assembly.
1:11All her people sigh, they seek bread;
They have given their pleasant things for food to refresh the
See, O Jehovah, and behold; for I am become abject.
1:12Is it nothing to you, all ye that pass
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
1:13From 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.
1:14The 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 stand.
1:15The 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
The Lord hath trodden as in a winepress the virgin daughter of
1:16For 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.
1:17Zion 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.
1:18Jehovah 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.
1:19I 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.
1:20Behold, 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.
1:21They 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.
1:22Let all their wickedness come before
And do unto them, as thou hast done unto me for all my
For my sighs are many, and my heart is faint.
2:1How 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
And hath not remembered his footstool in the day of his anger.
2:2The 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
He hath brought them down to the ground; he hath profaned the
kingdom and the princes thereof.
2:3He 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
2:4He 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
2:5The Lord is become as an enemy, he hath
swallowed up Israel;
He hath swallowed up all her palaces, he hath destroyed his
And he hath multiplied in the daughter of Judah mourning and
2:6And he hath violently taken away his
tabernacle, as if it were of a garden; he hath destroyed his place of
Jehovah hath caused solemn assembly and sabbath to be forgotten
And hath despised in the indignation of his anger the king and
2:7The 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
They have made a noise in the house of Jehovah, as in the day of
a solemn assembly.
2:8Jehovah hath purposed to destroy the
wall of the daughter of Zion;
He hath stretched out the line, he hath not withdrawn his hand
And he hath made the rampart and wall to lament; they languish
2:9Her 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
Yea, her prophets find no vision from Jehovah.
2:10The 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.
2:11Mine eyes do fail with tears, my heart
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 city.
2:12They 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.
2:13What 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 thee?
2:14Thy prophets have seen for thee false
and foolish visions;
And they have not uncovered thine iniquity, to bring back thy
But have seen for thee false oracles and causes of banishment.
2:15All that pass by clap their hands at
They hiss and wag their head at the daughter of Jerusalem,
Is this the city that men called The perfection of beauty, The
joy of the whole earth?
2:16All thine enemies have opened their
mouth wide against thee;
They hiss and gnash the teeth; they say, We have swallowed her
Certainly this is the day that we looked for; we have found, we
have seen it.
2:17Jehovah 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.
2:18Their 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.
2:19Arise, 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.
2:20See, 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
2:21The 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.
2:22Thou 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
Those that I have dandled and brought up hath mine enemy
3:1I am the man that hath seen affliction
by the rod of his wrath.
3:2He hath led me and caused me to walk in
darkness, and not in light.
3:3Surely against me he turneth his hand
again and again all the day.
3:4My flesh and my skin hath he made old;
he hath broken my bones.
3:5He hath builded against me, and
compassed me with gall and travail.
3:6He hath made me to dwell in dark
places, as those that have been long dead.
3:7He hath walled me about, that I cannot
go forth; he hath made my chain heavy.
3:8Yea, when I cry, and call for help, he
shutteth out my prayer.
3:9He hath walled up my ways with hewn
stone; he hath made my paths crooked.
3:10He is unto me as a bear lying in wait,
as a lion in secret places.
3:11He hath turned aside my ways, and
pulled me in pieces; he hath made me desolate.
3:12He hath bent his bow, and set me as a
mark for the arrow.
3:13He hath caused the shafts of his
quiver to enter into my reins.
3:14I am become a derision to all my
people, and their song all the day.
3:15He hath filled me with bitterness, he
hath sated me with wormwood.
3:16He hath also broken my teeth with
gravel stones; he hath covered me with ashes.
3:17And thou hast removed my soul far off
from peace; I forgat prosperity.
3:18And I said, My strength is perished,
and mine expectation from Jehovah.
3:19Remember mine affliction and my
misery, the wormwood and the gall.
3:20My soul hath them still in
remembrance, and is bowed down within me.
3:21This I recall to my mind; therefore
have I hope.
3:22It is of Jehovah's
lovingkindnesses that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail
3:23They are new every morning; great is
3:24Jehovah is my portion, saith my soul;
therefore will I hope in him.
3:25Jehovah is good unto them that wait
for him, to the soul that seeketh him.
3:26It is good that a man should hope and
quietly wait for the salvation of Jehovah.
3:27It is good for a man that he bear the
yoke in his youth.
3:28Let him sit alone and keep silence,
because he hath laid it upon him.
3:29Let him put his mouth in the dust, if
so be there may be hope.
3:30Let him give his cheek to him that
smiteth him; let him be filled full with reproach.
3:31For the Lord will not cast off for
3:32For though he cause grief, yet will he
have compassion according to the multitude of his lovingkindnesses.
3:33For he doth not afflict willingly, nor
grieve the children of men.
3:34To crush under foot all the prisoners
of the earth,
3:35To turn aside the right of a man
before the face of the Most High,
3:36To subvert a man in his cause, the
Lord approveth not.
3:37Who is he that saith, and it cometh to
pass, when the Lord commandeth it not?
3:38Out of the mouth of the Most High
cometh there not evil and good?
3:39Wherefore doth a living man complain,
a man for the punishment of his sins?
3:40Let us search and try our ways, and
turn again to Jehovah.
3:41Let us lift up our heart with our
hands unto God in the heavens.
3:42We have transgressed and have
rebelled; thou hast not pardoned.
3:43Thou hast covered with anger and
pursued us; thou hast slain, thou hast not pitied.
3:44Thou hast covered thyself with a
cloud, so that no prayer can pass through.
3:45Thou hast made us an off-scouring and
refuse in the midst of the peoples.
3:46All our enemies have opened their
mouth wide against us.
3:47Fear and the pit are come upon us,
devastation and destruction.
3:48Mine eye runneth down with streams of
water, for the destruction of the daughter of my people.
3:49Mine eye poureth down, and ceaseth
not, without any intermission,
3:50Till Jehovah look down, and behold
3:51Mine eye affecteth my soul, because of
all the daughters of my city.
3:52They have chased me sore like a bird,
they that are mine enemies without cause.
3:53They have cut off my life in the
dungeon, and have cast a stone upon me.
3:54Waters flowed over my head; I said, I
am cut off.
3:55I called upon thy name, O Jehovah, out
of the lowest dungeon.
3:56Thou heardest my voice; hide not thine
ear at my breathing, at my cry.
3:57Thou drewest near in the day that I
called upon thee; thou saidst, Fear not.
3:58O Lord, thou hast pleaded the causes
of my soul; thou hast redeemed my life.
3:59O Jehovah, thou hast seen my wrong;
judge thou my cause.
3:60Thou hast seen all their vengeance and
all their devices against me.
3:61Thou hast heard their reproach, O
Jehovah, and all their devices against me,
3:62The lips of those that rose up against
me, and their device against me all the day.
3:63Behold thou their sitting down, and
their rising up; I am their song.
3:64Thou wilt render unto them a
recompense, O Jehovah, according to the work of their hands.
3:65Thou wilt give them hardness of heart,
thy curse unto them.
3:66Thou wilt pursue them in anger, and
destroy them from under the heavens of Jehovah.
4:1How 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
4:2The precious sons of Zion, comparable
to fine gold,
How are they esteemed as earthen pitchers, the work of the hands
of the potter!
4:3Even 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
4:4The 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.
4:5They that did feed delicately are
desolate in the streets:
They that were brought up in scarlet embrace dunghills.
4:6For 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
4:7Her nobles were purer than snow, they
were whiter than milk;
They were more ruddy in body than rubies, their polishing was as
4:8Their 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 stick.
4:9They 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
4:10The hands of the pitiful women have
boiled their own children;
They were their food in the destruction of the daughter of my
4:11Jehovah hath accomplished his wrath,
he hath poured out his fierce anger;
And he hath kindled a fire in Zion, which hath devoured the
4:12The 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
4:13It 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.
4:14They wander as blind men in the
streets, they are polluted with blood,
So that men cannot touch their garments.
4:15Depart 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.
4:16The anger of Jehovah hath scattered
them; he will no more regard them:
They respected not the persons of the priests, they favored not
4:17Our eyes do yet fail in looking
for our vain help:
In our watching we have watched for a nation that could not save.
4:18They hunt our steps, so that we cannot
go in our streets:
Our end is near, our days are fulfilled; for our end is come.
4:19Our pursuers were swifter than the
eagles of the heavens:
They chased us upon the mountains, they laid wait for us in the
4:20The 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
4:21Rejoice 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.
4:22The 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.
5:1Remember, O Jehovah, what is come upon
Behold, and see our reproach.
5:2Our inheritance is turned unto
Our houses unto aliens.
5:3We are orphans and fatherless;
Our mothers are as widows.
5:4We have drunken our water for money;
Our wood is sold unto us.
5:5Our pursuers are upon our necks:
We are weary, and have no rest.
5:6We have given the hand to the Egyptians,
And to the Assyrians, to be satisfied with bread.
5:7Our fathers sinned, and are not;
And we have borne their iniquities.
5:8Servants rule over us:
There is none to deliver us out of their hand.
5:9We get our bread at the peril of our
Because of the sword of the wilderness.
5:10Our skin is black like an oven,
Because of the burning heat of famine.
5:11They ravished the women in Zion,
The virgins in the cities of Judah.
5:12Princes were hanged up by their hand:
The faces of elders were not honored.
5:13The young men bare the mill;
And the children stumbled under the wood.
5:14The elders have ceased from the gate,
The young men from their music.
5:15The joy of our heart is ceased;
Our dance is turned into mourning.
5:16The crown is fallen from our head:
Woe unto us! for we have sinned.
5:17For this our heart is faint;
For these things our eyes are dim;
5:18For the mountain of Zion, which is
The foxes walk upon it.
5:19Thou, O Jehovah, abidest for ever;
Thy throne is from generation to generation.
5:20Wherefore dost thou forget us for ever,
And forsake us so long time?
5:21Turn thou us unto thee, O Jehovah, and
we shall be turned;
Renew our days as of old.
5:22But thou hast utterly rejected us;
Thou art very wroth against us.
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