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Eikhah / Lamentations

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Chapters in Lamentations:
1  2  3  4  5 
Total verses: 154

Lamentations was written by multiple, unknown authors all writing, probably, before the 6th century BCE. The first four chapters is a collection of structured poems, and the last chapter is a song, probably designed around music which is now lost. The mood is introspective.

A few places in the Old Testament use a particular kind of structured poem which is simple and mechanical, with sections being denoted with letters of the Hebrew alphabet, often in order. This is sometimes called an abcedarius (ABCDarius), or an alphabetic acrostic. It is a most simple kind of Jewish word-play. It is used in a number of the Psalms, in Lamentations, Nahum and some other places in the Jewish scriptures.

1. The 5 chapters of Lamentations (154 verses)

Lamentations 1 (22 verses)

1How doth the city sit solitary, that was full of people! how is she become as a widow! she that was great among the nations, and princess among the provinces, how is she become tributary!How hath she sat alone, The city abounding with people! She hath been as a widow, The mighty among nations! Princes among provinces, She hath become tributary!
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.She weepeth sore in the night, And her tear `is' on her cheeks, There is no comforter for her out of all her lovers, All her friends dealt treacherously by her, They have been to her for enemies.
3Judah is gone into captivity because of affliction, and because of great servitude: she dwelleth among the heathen, she findeth no rest: all her persecutors overtook her between the straits.Removed hath Judah because of affliction, And because of the abundance of her service; She hath dwelt among nations, She hath not found rest, All her pursuers have overtaken her between the straits.
4The ways of Zion do mourn, because none come to the solemn feasts: all her gates are desolate: her priests sigh, her virgins are afflicted, and she is in bitterness.The ways of Zion are mourning, Without any coming at the appointed time, All her gates are desolate, her priests sigh, Her virgins are afflicted -- and she hath bitterness.
5Her adversaries are the chief, her enemies prosper; for the LORD hath afflicted her for the multitude of her transgressions: her children are gone into captivity before the enemy.Her adversaries have become chief, Her enemies have been at ease, For Jehovah hath afflicted her, For the abundance of her transgressions, Her infants have gone captive before the adversary.
6And from the daughter of Zion all her beauty is departed: her princes are become like harts that find no pasture, and they are gone without strength before the pursuer.And go out from the daughter of Zion doth all her honour, Her princes have been as harts -- They have not found pasture, And they go powerless before a pursuer.
7Jerusalem remembered in the days of her affliction and of her miseries all her pleasant things that she had in the days of old, when her people fell into the hand of the enemy, and none did help her: the adversaries saw her, and did mock at her sabbaths.Remembered hath Jerusalem `In' the days of her affliction and her mournings, all her desirable things that were from the days of old, In the falling of her people into the hand of an adversary, And she hath no helper; Seen her have adversaries, They have laughed at her cessation.
8Jerusalem hath grievously sinned; therefore she is removed: all that honoured her despise her, because they have seen her nakedness: yea, she sigheth, and turneth backward.A sin hath Jerusalem sinned, Therefore impure she hath become, All who honoured her have esteemed her lightly, For they have seen her nakedness, Yea, she herself hath sighed and turneth backward.
9Her filthiness is in her skirts; she remembereth not her last end; therefore she came down wonderfully: she had no comforter. O LORD, behold my affliction: for the enemy hath magnified himself.Her uncleanness `is' in her skirts, She hath not remembered her latter end, And she cometh down wonderfully, There is no comforter for her. See, O Jehovah, mine affliction, For exerted himself hath an enemy.
10The adversary hath spread out his hand upon all her pleasant things: for she hath seen that the heathen entered into her sanctuary, whom thou didst command that they should not enter into thy congregation.His hand spread out hath an adversary On all her desirable things, For she hath seen -- Nations have entered her sanctuary, Concerning which Thou didst command, `They do not come into the assembly to thee.'
11All her people sigh, they seek bread; they have given their pleasant things for meat to relieve the soul: see, O LORD, and consider; for I am become vile.All her people are sighing -- seeking bread, They have given their desirable things For food to refresh the body; See, O Jehovah, and behold attentively, For I have been lightly esteemed.
12Is it nothing to you, all ye that pass by? behold, and see if there be any sorrow like unto my sorrow, which is done unto me, wherewith the LORD hath afflicted me in the day of his fierce anger.`Is it' nothing to you, all ye passing by the way? Look attentively, and see, If there is any pain like my pain, That He is rolling to me? Whom Jehovah hath afflicted In the day of the fierceness of His anger.
13From above 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.From above He hath sent fire into my bone, And it subdueth it, He hath spread a net for my feet, He hath turned me backward, He hath made me desolate -- all the day sick.
14The yoke of my transgressions is bound by his hand: they are wreathed, and come up upon my neck: he hath made my strength to fall, the LORD hath delivered me into their hands, from whom I am not able to rise up.Bound hath been the yoke of my transgressions by His hand, They are wrapped together, They have gone up on my neck, He hath caused my power to stumble, The Lord hath given me into hands, I am not able to rise.
15The LORD hath trodden under foot all my mighty men in the midst of me: he hath called an assembly against me to crush my young men: the LORD hath trodden the virgin, the daughter of Judah, as in a winepress.Trodden down all my mighty ones hath the Lord in my midst, He proclaimed against me an appointed time, To destroy my young men, A wine-press hath the Lord trodden, To the virgin daughter of Judah.
16For these things I weep; mine eye, mine eye runneth down with water, because the comforter that should relieve my soul is far from me: my children are desolate, because the enemy prevailed.For these I am weeping, My eye, my eye, is running down with waters, For, far from me hath been a comforter, Refreshing my soul, My sons have been desolate, For mighty hath been an enemy.
17Zion spreadeth forth her hands, and there is none to comfort her: the LORD hath commanded concerning Jacob, that his adversaries should be round about him: Jerusalem is as a menstruous woman among them.Spread forth hath Zion her hands, There is no comforter for her, Jehovah hath charged concerning Jacob, His neighbours `are' his adversaries, Jerusalem hath become impure among them.
18The LORD is righteous; for I have rebelled against his commandment: hear, I pray you, all people, and behold my sorrow: my virgins and my young men are gone into captivity.Righteous is Jehovah, For His mouth I have provoked. Hear, I pray you, all ye peoples, and see my pain, My virgins and my young men have gone into captivity.
19I called for my lovers, but they deceived me: my priests and mine elders gave up the ghost in the city, while they sought their meat to relieve their souls.I called for my lovers, they -- they have deceived me, My priests and my elders in the city have expired; When they have sought food for themselves, Then they give back their soul.
20Behold, O LORD; for I am in distress: my bowels are troubled; mine heart is turned within me; for I have grievously rebelled: abroad the sword bereaveth, at home there is as death.See, O Jehovah, for distress `is' to me, My bowels have been troubled, Turned hath been my heart in my midst, For I have greatly provoked, From without bereaved hath the sword, In the house `it is' as death.
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 called, and they shall be like unto me.They have heard that I have sighed, There is no comforter for me, All my enemies have heard of my calamity, They have rejoiced that Thou hast done `it', Thou hast brought in the day Thou hast called, And they are like to me.
22Let 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.Come in doth all their evil before Thee, And one is doing to them as Thou hast done to me, For all my transgressions, For many `are' my sighs, and my heart `is' sick!

Lamentations 2 (22 verses)

1How hath the LORD covered the daughter of Zion with a cloud in his anger, and cast down from heaven unto the earth the beauty of Israel, and remembered not his footstool in the day of his anger!How doth the Lord cloud in His anger the daughter of Zion, He hath cast from heaven `to' earth the beauty of Israel, And hath not remembered His footstool in the day of His anger.
2The LORD hath swallowed up all the habitations of Jacob, and hath not pitied: he hath thrown down in his wrath the strong holds of the daughter of Judah; he hath brought them down to the ground: he hath polluted the kingdom and the princes thereof.Swallowed up hath the Lord, He hath not pitied any of the pleasant places of Jacob, He hath broken down in His wrath The fortresses of the daughter of Judah, He hath caused to come to the earth, He polluted the kingdom and its princes.
3He hath cut off in his fierce anger all the horn of Israel: he hath drawn back his right hand from before the enemy, and he burned against Jacob like a flaming fire, which devoureth round about.He hath cut off in the heat of anger every horn of Israel, He hath turned backward His right hand From the face of the enemy, And He burneth against Jacob as a flaming fire, It hath devoured round about.
4He hath bent his bow like an enemy: he stood with his right hand as an adversary, and slew all that were pleasant to the eye in the tabernacle of the daughter of Zion: he poured out his fury like fire.He hath trodden His bow as an enemy, Stood hath His right hand as an adversary, And He slayeth all the desirable ones of the eye, In the tent of the daughter of Zion, He hath poured out as fire His fury.
5The LORD was as an enemy: he hath swallowed up Israel, he hath swallowed up all her palaces: he hath destroyed his strong holds, and hath increased in the daughter of Judah mourning and lamentation.The Lord hath been as an enemy, He hath swallowed up Israel, He hath swallowed up all her palaces, He hath destroyed His fortresses, And He multiplieth in the daughter of Judah Mourning and moaning.
6And he hath violently taken away his tabernacle, as if it were of a garden: he hath destroyed his places of the assembly: the LORD hath caused the solemn feasts and sabbaths to be forgotten in Zion, and hath despised in the indignation of his anger the king and the priest.And He shaketh as a garden His tabernacle, He hath destroyed His appointed place, Jehovah hath forgotten in Zion the appointed time and sabbath, And despiseth, in the indignation of His anger, king and priest.
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 palaces; they have made a noise in the house of the LORD, as in the day of a solemn feast.The Lord hath cast off His altar, He hath rejected His sanctuary, He hath shut up into the hand of the enemy The walls of her palaces, A noise they have made in the house of Jehovah Like a day of appointment.
8The LORD hath purposed to destroy the wall of the daughter of Zion: he hath stretched out a line, he hath not withdrawn his hand from destroying: therefore he made the rampart and the wall to lament; they languished together.Devised hath Jehovah to destroy the wall of the daughter of Zion, He hath stretched out a line, He hath not turned His hand from destroying, And He causeth bulwark and wall to mourn, Together -- they have been weak.
9Her gates are sunk into the ground; he hath destroyed and broken her bars: her king and her princes are among the Gentiles: the law is no more; her prophets also find no vision from the LORD.Sunk into the earth have her gates, He hath destroyed and broken her bars, Her king and her princes `are' among the nations, There is no law, also her prophets Have not found vision from Jehovah.
10The elders of the daughter of Zion sit upon the ground, and 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.Sit on the earth -- keep silent do the elders of the daughter of Zion, They have caused dust to go up on their head, They have girded on sackcloth, Put down to the earth their head have the virgins of Jerusalem.
11Mine eyes do fail with tears, my bowels are troubled, my liver is poured upon the earth, for the destruction of the daughter of my people; because the children and the sucklings swoon in the streets of the city.Consumed by tears have been my eyes, Troubled have been my bowels, Poured out to the earth hath been my liver, For the breach of the daughter of my people; In infant and suckling being feeble, In the broad places of the city,
12They say to their mothers, Where is corn and wine? when they swooned as the wounded in the streets of the city, when their soul was poured out into their mothers' bosom.To their mothers they say, `Where `are' corn and wine?' In their becoming feeble as a pierced one In the broad places of the city, In their soul pouring itself out into the bosom of their mothers.
13What thing shall I take to witness for thee? what thing shall I liken to thee, O daughter of Jerusalem? what shall I equal to thee, that I may comfort thee, O virgin daughter of Zion? for thy breach is great like the sea: who can heal thee?What do I testify `to' thee, what do I liken to thee, O daughter of Jerusalem? What do I equal to thee, and I comfort thee, O virgin daughter of Zion? For great as a sea `is' thy breach, Who doth give healing to thee?
14Thy prophets have seen vain and foolish things for thee: and they have not discovered thine iniquity, to turn away thy captivity; but have seen for thee false burdens and causes of banishment.Thy prophets have seen for thee a false and insipid thing, And have not revealed concerning thine iniquity, To turn back thy captivity, And they see for thee false burdens and causes of expulsion.
15All 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 call The perfection of beauty, The joy of the whole earth?Clapped hands at thee have all passing by the way, They have hissed -- and they shake the head At the daughter of Jerusalem: `Is this the city of which they said: The perfection of beauty, a joy to all the land?'
16All thine enemies have opened their mouth 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.Opened against thee their mouth have all thine enemies, They have hissed, yea, they gnash the teeth, They have said: `We have swallowed `her' up, Surely this `is' the day that we looked for, We have found -- we have seen.'
17The LORD hath done that which he had devised; he hath fulfilled his word that he had commanded in the days of old: he hath thrown down, and hath not pitied: and he hath caused thine enemy to rejoice over thee, he hath set up the horn of thine adversaries.Jehovah hath done that which He devised, He hath fulfilled His saying That He commanded from the days of old, He hath broken down and hath not pitied, And causeth an enemy to rejoice over thee, He lifted up the horn of thine adversaries.
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 rest; let not the apple of thine eye cease.Cried hath their heart unto the Lord; O wall of the daughter of Zion, Cause to go down as a stream tears daily and nightly, Give not rest to thyself, Let not the daughter of thine eye stand still.
19Arise, cry out in the night: in the beginning of the watches pour out thine 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 in the top of every street.Arise, cry aloud in the night, At the beginning of the watches. Pour out as water thy heart, Over against the face of the Lord, Lift up unto Him thy hands, for the soul of thine infants, Who are feeble with hunger at the head of all out-places.
20Behold, O LORD, and consider to whom thou hast done this. Shall the women eat their fruit, and children of a span long? shall the priest and the prophet be slain in the sanctuary of the Lord?See, O Jehovah, and look attentively, To whom Thou hast acted thus, Do women eat their fruit, infants of a handbreadth? Slain in the sanctuary of the Lord are priest and prophet?
21The young and the old 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 killed, and not pitied.Lain on the earth `in' out-places have young and old, My virgins and my young men have fallen by the sword, Thou hast slain in a day of Thine anger, Thou hast slaughtered -- Thou hast not pitied.
22Thou hast called as in a solemn day my terrors round about, so that in the day of the LORD's anger none escaped nor remained: those that I have swaddled and brought up hath mine enemy consumed.Thou dost call as `at' a day of appointment, My fears from round about, And there hath not been in the day of the anger of Jehovah, An escaped and remaining one, They whom I stretched out and nourished, My enemy hath consumed!

Lamentations 3 (66 verses) - He has driven me into darkness. But the steadfast love of the LORD never ceases. Let us return to the LORD! You will repay my enemies.1

1I AM the man that hath seen affliction by the rod of his wrath.I `am' the man `who' hath seen affliction By the rod of His wrath.

Lamentations 3:25 is referenced on God and Goodness: Can a Perfectly Benevolent God Exist?: 1. Verses in the Bible Say that God is Good (although they're contradicted by other verses)

Lamentations 3:37-38 comments: Is the Christian God Evil? Evidence from Scripture and Nature: 1.1. God Creates Evil Regardless of Human Free Will

2He hath led me, and brought me into darkness, but not into light.Me He hath led, and causeth to go `in' darkness, and without light.
3Surely against me is he turned; he turneth his hand against me all the day.Surely against me He turneth back, He turneth His hand all the day.
4My flesh and my skin hath he made old; he hath broken my bones.He hath worn out my flesh and my skin. He hath broken my bones.
5He hath builded against me, and compassed me with gall and travail.He hath built up against me, And setteth round poverty and weariness.
6He hath set me in dark places, as they that be dead of old.In dark places He hath caused me to dwell, As the dead of old.
7He hath hedged me about, that I cannot get out: he hath made my chain heavy.He hath hedged me about, and I go not out, He hath made heavy my fetter.
8Also when I cry and shout, he shutteth out my prayer.Also when I call and cry out, He hath shut out my prayer.
9He hath inclosed my ways with hewn stone, he hath made my paths crooked.He hath hedged my ways with hewn work, My paths He hath made crooked.
10He was unto me as a bear lying in wait, and as a lion in secret places.A bear lying in wait He `is' to me, A lion in secret hiding-places.
11He hath turned aside my ways, and pulled me in pieces: he hath made me desolate.My ways He is turning aside, and He pulleth me in pieces, He hath made me a desolation.
12He hath bent his bow, and set me as a mark for the arrow.He hath trodden His bow, And setteth me up as a mark for an arrow.
13He hath caused the arrows of his quiver to enter into my reins.He hath caused to enter into my reins The sons of His quiver.
14I was a derision to all my people; and their song all the day.I have been a derision to all my people, Their song all the day.
15He hath filled me with bitterness, he hath made me drunken with wormwood.He hath filled me with bitter things, He hath filled me `with' wormwood.
16He hath also broken my teeth with gravel stones, he hath covered me with ashes.And He breaketh with gravel my teeth, He hath covered me with ashes.
17And thou hast removed my soul far off from peace: I forgat prosperity.And Thou castest off from peace my soul, I have forgotten prosperity.
18And I said, My strength and my hope is perished from the LORD:And I say, Perished hath my strength and my hope from Jehovah.
19Remembering mine affliction and my misery, the wormwood and the gall.Remember my affliction and my mourning, Wormwood and gall!
20My soul hath them still in remembrance, and is humbled in me.Remember well, and bow down doth my soul in me.
21This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope.This I turn to my heart -- therefore I hope.
22It is of the LORD's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.The kindnesses of Jehovah! For we have not been consumed, For not ended have His mercies.
23They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.New every morning, abundant `is' thy faithfulness.
24The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.My portion `is' Jehovah, hath my soul said, Therefore I hope for Him.
25The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.Good `is' Jehovah to those waiting for Him, To the soul `that' seeketh Him.
26It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD.Good! when one doth stay and stand still For the salvation of Jehovah.
27It is good for a man that he bear the yoke of his youth.Good for a man that he beareth a yoke in his youth.
28He sitteth alone and keepeth silence, because he hath borne it upon him.He sitteth alone, and is silent, For He hath laid `it' upon him.
29He putteth his mouth in the dust; if so be there may be hope.He putteth in the dust his mouth, if so be there is hope.
30He giveth his cheek to him that smiteth him: he is filled full with reproach.He giveth to his smiter the cheek, He is filled with reproach.
31For the LORD will not cast off for ever:For the Lord doth not cast off to the age.
32But though he cause grief, yet will he have compassion according to the multitude of his mercies.For though He afflicted, yet He hath pitied, According to the abundance of His kindness.
33For he doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the children of men.For He hath not afflicted with His heart, Nor doth He grieve the sons of men.
34To crush under his feet all the prisoners of the earth.To bruise under one's feet any bound ones of earth,
35To turn aside the right of a man before the face of the most High,To turn aside the judgment of a man, Over-against the face of the Most High,
36To subvert a man in his cause, the LORD approveth not.To subvert a man in his cause, the Lord hath not approved.
37Who is he that saith, and it cometh to pass, when the Lord commandeth it not?Who `is' this -- he hath said, and it is, `And' the Lord hath not commanded `it'?
38Out of the mouth of the most High proceedeth not evil and good?From the mouth of the Most High Go not forth the evils and the good.
39Wherefore doth a living man complain, a man for the punishment of his sins?What -- sigh habitually doth a living man, A man for his sin?
40Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the LORD.We search our ways, and investigate, And turn back unto Jehovah.
41Let us lift up our heart with our hands unto God in the heavens.We lift up our heart on the hands unto God in the heavens.
42We have transgressed and have rebelled: thou hast not pardoned.We -- we have transgressed and rebelled, Thou -- Thou hast not forgiven.
43Thou hast covered with anger, and persecuted us: thou hast slain, thou hast not pitied.Thou hast covered Thyself with anger, And dost pursue us; Thou hast slain -- Thou hast not pitied.
44Thou hast covered thyself with a cloud, that our prayer should not pass through.Thou hast covered Thyself with a cloud, So that prayer doth not pass through.
45Thou hast made us as the offscouring and refuse in the midst of the people.Offscouring and refuse Thou dost make us In the midst of the peoples.
46All our enemies have opened their mouths against us.Opened against us their mouth have all our enemies.
47Fear and a snare is come upon us, desolation and destruction.Fear and a snare hath been for us, Desolation and destruction.
48Mine eye runneth down with rivers of water for the destruction of the daughter of my people.Rivulets of water go down my eye, For the destruction of the daughter of my people.
49Mine eye trickleth down, and ceaseth not, without any intermission.Mine eye is poured out, And doth not cease without intermission,
50Till the LORD look down, and behold from heaven.Till Jehovah looketh and seeth from the heavens,
51Mine eye affecteth mine heart because of all the daughters of my city.My eye affecteth my soul, Because of all the daughters of my city.
52Mine enemies chased me sore, like a bird, without cause.Hunted me sore as a bird have my enemies without cause.
53They have cut off my life in the dungeon, and cast a stone upon me.They have cut off in a pit my life, And they cast a stone against me.
54Waters flowed over mine head; then I said, I am cut off.Flowed have waters over my head, I have said, I have been cut off.
55I called upon thy name, O LORD, out of the low dungeon.I called Thy name, O Jehovah, from the lower pit.
56Thou hast heard my voice: hide not thine ear at my breathing, at my cry.My voice Thou hast heard, Hide not Thine ear at my breathing -- at my cry.
57Thou drewest near in the day that I called upon thee: thou saidst, Fear not.Thou hast drawn near in the day I call Thee, Thou hast said, Fear not.
58O LORD, thou hast pleaded the causes of my soul; thou hast redeemed my life.Thou hast pleaded, O Lord, the pleadings of my soul, Thou hast redeemed my life.
59O LORD, thou hast seen my wrong: judge thou my cause.Thou hast seen, O Jehovah, my overthrow, Judge Thou my cause.
60Thou hast seen all their vengeance and all their imaginations against me.Thou hast seen all their vengeance, All their thoughts of me.
61Thou hast heard their reproach, O LORD, and all their imaginations against me;Thou hast heard their reproach, O Jehovah, All their thoughts against me,
62The lips of those that rose up against me, and their device against me all the day.The lips of my withstanders, Even their meditation against me all the day.
63Behold their sitting down, and their rising up; I am their musick.Their sitting down, and their rising up, Behold attentively, I `am' their song.
64Render unto them a recompence, O LORD, according to the work of their hands.Thou returnest to them the deed, O Jehovah, According to the work of their hands.
65Give them sorrow of heart, thy curse unto them.Thou givest to them a covered heart, Thy curse to them.
66Persecute and destroy them in anger from under the heavens of the LORD.Thou pursuest in anger, and destroyest them, From under the heavens of Jehovah!

Lamentations 4 (22 verses)

1How is the gold become dim! how is the most fine gold changed! the stones of the sanctuary are poured out in the top of every street.How is the gold become dim, Changed the best -- the pure gold? Poured out are stones of the sanctuary At the head of all out-places.
2The precious sons of Zion, comparable to fine gold, how are they esteemed as earthen pitchers, the work of the hands of the potter!The precious sons of Zion, Who are comparable with fine gold, How have they been reckoned earthen bottles, Work of the hands of a potter.
3Even the sea monsters draw out the breast, they give suck to their young ones: the daughter of my people is become cruel, like the ostriches in the wilderness.Even dragons have drawn out the breast, They have suckled their young ones, The daughter of my people is become cruel, Like the ostriches in a wilderness.
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.Cleaved hath the tongue of a suckling unto his palate with thirst, Infants asked bread, a dealer out they have none.
5They that did feed delicately are desolate in the streets: they that were brought up in scarlet embrace dunghills.Those eating of dainties have been desolate in out-places, Those supported on scarlet have embraced dunghills.
6For the punishment of the iniquity of the daughter of my people is greater than the punishment of the sin of Sodom, that was overthrown as in a moment, and no hands stayed on her.And greater is the iniquity of the daughter of my people, Than the sin of Sodom, That was overturned as `in' a moment, And no hands were stayed on her.
7Her Nazarites were purer than snow, they were whiter than milk, they were more ruddy in body than rubies, their polishing was of sapphire:Purer were her Nazarites than snow, Whiter than milk, ruddier of body than rubies, Of sapphire their form.
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.Darker than blackness hath been their visage, They have not been known in out-places, Cleaved hath their skin unto their bone, It hath withered -- it hath been as wood.
9They that be slain with the sword are better than they that be slain with hunger: for these pine away, stricken through for want of the fruits of the field.Better have been the pierced of a sword Than the pierced of famine, For these flow away, pierced through, Without the increase of the field.
10The hands of the pitiful women have sodden their own children: they were their meat in the destruction of the daughter of my people.The hands of merciful women have boiled their own children, They have been for food to them, In the destruction of the daughter of my people.
11The LORD hath accomplished his fury; he hath poured out his fierce anger, and hath kindled a fire in Zion, and it hath devoured the foundations thereof.Completed hath Jehovah His fury, He hath poured out the fierceness of His anger, And he kindleth a fire in Zion, And it devoureth her foundations.
12The kings of the earth, and all the inhabitants of the world, would not have believed that the adversary and the enemy should have entered into the gates of Jerusalem.Believe not did the kings of earth, And any of the inhabitants of the world, That come would an adversary and enemy Into the gates of Jerusalem.
13For the sins of her prophets, and the iniquities of her priests, that have shed the blood of the just in the midst of her,Because of the sins of her prophets, The iniquities of her priests, Who are shedding in her midst the blood of the righteous,
14They have wandered as blind men in the streets, they have polluted themselves with blood, so that men could not touch their garments.They have wandered naked in out-places, They have been polluted with blood, Without `any' being able to touch their clothing,
15They cried unto them, Depart ye; it is unclean; depart, depart, touch not: when they fled away and wandered, they said among the heathen, They shall no more sojourn there.`Turn aside -- unclean,' they called to them, `Turn aside, turn aside, touch not,' For they fled -- yea, they have wandered, They have said among nations: `They do not add to sojourn.'
16The anger of the LORD hath divided them; he will no more regard them: they respected not the persons of the priests, they favoured not the elders.The face of Jehovah hath divided them, He doth not add to behold them, The face of priests they have not lifted up, Elders they have not favoured.
17As for us, our eyes as yet failed for our vain help: in our watching we have watched for a nation that could not save us.While we exist -- consumed are our eyes for our vain help, In our watch-tower we have watched for a nation `that' saveth not.
18They hunt our steps, that we cannot go in our streets: our end is near, our days are fulfilled; for our end is come.They have hunted our steps from going in our broad-places, Near hath been our end, fulfilled our days, For come hath our end.
19Our persecutors are swifter than the eagles of the heaven: they pursued us upon the mountains, they laid wait for us in the wilderness.Swifter have been our pursuers, Than the eagles of the heavens, On the mountains they have burned `after' us, In the wilderness they have laid wait for us.
20The breath of our nostrils, the anointed of the LORD, was taken in their pits, of whom we said, Under his shadow we shall live among the heathen.The breath of our nostrils -- the anointed of Jehovah, Hath been captured in their pits, of whom we said: `In his shadow we do live among nations.'
21Rejoice and be glad, O daughter of Edom, that dwellest in the land of Uz; the cup also shall pass through unto thee: thou shalt be drunken, and shalt make thyself naked.Joy and rejoice, O daughter of Edom, Dwelling in the land of Uz, Even unto thee pass over doth a cup, Thou art drunk, and makest thyself naked.
22The 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 discover thy sins.Completed `is' thy iniquity, daughter of Zion, He doth not add to remove thee, He hath inspected thy iniquity, O daughter of Edom, He hath removed `thee' because of thy sins!

Lamentations 5 (22 verses)

1Remember, O LORD, what is come upon us: consider, and behold our reproach.Remember, O Jehovah, what hath befallen us, Look attentively, and see our reproach.
2Our inheritance is turned to strangers, our houses to aliens.Our inheritance hath been turned to strangers, Our houses to foreigners.
3We are orphans and fatherless, our mothers are as widows.Orphans we have been -- without a father, our mothers `are' as widows.
4We have drunken our water for money; our wood is sold unto us.Our water for money we have drunk, Our wood for a price doth come.
5Our necks are under persecution: we labour, and have no rest.For our neck we have been pursued, We have laboured -- there hath been no rest for us.
6We have given the hand to the Egyptians, and to the Assyrians, to be satisfied with bread.`To' Egypt we have given a hand, `To' Asshur, to be satisfied with bread.
7Our fathers have sinned, and are not; and we have borne their iniquities.Our fathers have sinned -- they are not, We their iniquities have borne.
8Servants have ruled over us: there is none that doth deliver us out of their hand.Servants have ruled over us, A deliverer there is none from their hand.
9We gat our bread with the peril of our lives because of the sword of the wilderness.With our lives we bring in our bread, Because of the sword of the wilderness.
10Our skin was black like an oven because of the terrible famine.Our skin as an oven hath been burning, Because of the raging of the famine.
11They ravished the women in Zion, and the maids in the cities of Judah.Wives in Zion they have humbled, Virgins -- in cities of Judah.
12Princes are hanged up by their hand: the faces of elders were not honoured.Princes by their hand have been hanged, The faces of elders have not been honoured.
13They took the young men to grind, and the children fell under the wood.Young men to grind they have taken, And youths with wood have stumbled.
14The elders have ceased from the gate, the young men from their musick.The aged from the gate have ceased, Young men from their song.
15The joy of our heart is ceased; our dance is turned into mourning.Ceased hath the joy of our heart, Turned to mourning hath been our dancing.
16The crown is fallen from our head: woe unto us, that we have sinned!Fallen hath the crown `from' our head, Wo `is' now to us, for we have sinned.
17For this our heart is faint; for these things our eyes are dim.For this hath our heart been sick, For these have our eyes been dim.
18Because of the mountain of Zion, which is desolate, the foxes walk upon it.For the mount of Zion -- that is desolate, Foxes have gone up on it.
19Thou, O LORD, remainest for ever; thy throne from generation to generation.Thou, O Jehovah, to the age remainest, Thy throne to generation and generation.
20Wherefore dost thou forget us for ever, and forsake us so long time?Why for ever dost Thou forget us? Thou forsakest us for length of days!
21Turn thou us unto thee, O LORD, and we shall be turned; renew our days as of old.Turn us back, O Jehovah, unto Thee, And we turn back, renew our days as of old.
22But thou hast utterly rejected us; thou art very wroth against us.For hast Thou utterly rejected us? Thou hast been wroth against us -- exceedingly?