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The Sorrows of Zion

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

[1] IOr districts aIs 3:26 bIs 22:2 cIs 54:4 d1K 4:21; Ezr 4:20; Jr 31:7 e2K 23:35; Jr 40:9
[2] aPs 6:6; 77:2-6; Lm 1:16 bJr 2:25; 3:1; 22:20-22 cJb 19:13, 14; Ps 31:11; Mi 7:5
[3] IOr by reason of IILit great IIIOr narrow places aJr 13:19 bLv 26:39; Dt 28:64-67 c2K 25:4, 5
[4] IOr to IIOr suffers bitterly aIs 24:4-6; Lm 2:6, 7 bJr 9:11; 10:22 cLm 2:10, 21 dJol 1:8-13
[5] ILit head IIOr are at ease aPs 90:7, 8; Ezk 8:17, 18; 9:9, 10
[6] ILit gone aJr 13:18 b2K 25:4, 5
[7] ILit cessation aPs 42:4; 77:5-9 bJr 37:7; Lm 4:17 cPs 79:4; Jr 48:27
[8] aIs 59:2-13; Lm 1:5, 20 bLm 1:17 cLm 1:11, 21, 22
[9] ILit did not remember her latter end IILit come down aJr 2:34; Ezk 24:13 bDt 32:29; Is 47:7 cIs 3:8; Jr 13:17, 18 dEc 4:1; Jr 16:7 ePs 25:18; 119:153 fPs 74:23; Zp 2:10
[10] aPs 74:4-8; Is 64:10, 11; Jr 51:51 bDt 23:3
[11] ILit soul aJr 38:9; 52:6 b1S 30:12 cJr 15:19
[12] IOr sorrow aJr 18:16; 48:27 bJr 30:23, 24 cIs 13:13; Jr 4:8
[13] IOr descended, overthrew IIOr Sick aJb 30:30; Ps 22:14; Hab 3:16 bJb 19:6; Ps 66:11 cJr 44:6
[14] ILit stumble aPv 5:22; Is 47:6 bJr 28:13, 14 cJr 32:3, 5; Ezk 25:4, 7
[15] IOr feast aIs 41:2; Jr 13:24; 37:10 bJr 6:11; 18:21 cMal 4:3
[16] ILit My eye, my eye aJr 14:17; Lm 2:11, 18; 3:48, 49 bPs 69:20; Ec 4:1; Lm 1:2
[17] aIs 1:15; Jr 4:31 b2K 24:2-4; Jr 12:9 cLm 1:8
[18] ILit mouth IIOr sorrow aPs 119:75; Jr 12:1 b1S 12:14, 15; Jr 4:17 cLm 1:12 dDt 28:32, 41
[19] ILit their soul aJb 19:13-19; Lm 1:2 bJr 14:15; Lm 2:20 cLm 1:11
[20] ILit inward parts are in ferment IILit bereaves aIs 16:11; Lm 2:11 bJr 14:20
[21] ILit evil aLm 1:4, 8, 22 bPs 35:15; Jr 50:11; Lm 2:15 cIs 14:5, 6; 47:6, 11; Jr 30:16
[22] aNe 4:4, 5; Ps 137:7, 8


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The miserable estate of Jerusalem by reason of her sin.

1 ¶ How 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! 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 heathen, she findeth no rest: all her persecutors overtook her between the straits. 4 The 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. 5 Her 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. 6 And 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. 7 Jerusalem 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. 8 Jerusalem 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. 9 Her 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]. 10 The 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. 11 All 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.

[1] 1K 4:21; 2K 23:33, 35; 2Ch 9:26; Ezr 4:20; Ne 5:4; 9:37; Ps 122:4; Is 3:26; 14:12; 22:2; 47:1, 8; 50:5; 52:2, 7; 54:4; Jr 9:11; 50:23; Lm 2:1, 10; 4:1; 5:16; Ezk 26:16; Zp 2:15; Zc 8:4; Rv 18:7, 16.
[2] Jb 6:15; 7:3; 19:13; Ps 6:6; 31:11; 77:2; Pv 19:7; Is 51:18; Jr 4:30; 9:1, 17; 13:17; 22:20; 30:14; Lm 1:9, 16, 19, 21; 2:11, 18; Ezk 16:37; 23:22; Ho 2:7; Mi 7:5; Rv 17:13, 16.
[3] Lv 26:36; Dt 28:64; 2K 24:14; 25:11, 21; 2Ch 36:20; Jr 16:16; 24:9; 39:9; 52:8, 15, 27; Lm 2:9; 4:18; Ezk 5:12; Am 9:1.
[4] Is 24:4; 32:9; Jr 9:11; 10:22; 14:2; 33:10; Lm 1:11, 18; 2:6, 9, 10, 19; 5:13; Jol 1:8; Mi 3:12.
[5] Lv 26:15, 17; Dt 4:25; 28:15, 43; 29:18; 31:16, 29; 32:15; 2Ch 36:14; Ne 9:33; Ps 80:6; 89:42; 90:7; Is 63:18; Jr 5:3, 29; 12:7; 23:14; 30:14; 39:9; 44:21; 52:27; Lm 1:18; 2:17; 3:39, 46; Ezk 8:17; 9:9; 22:24; Dn 9:7; Mi 3:9; 7:8; Zp 3:1.
[6] Lv 26:36; Dt 28:25; 32:30; Jsh 7:12; 2S 4:11; 2K 19:21; Ps 44:9; 48:2; 50:2; 96:9; 132:12; Is 1:21; 4:5; 12:6; Jr 14:5; 29:4; 47:3; 48:41; 51:30; 52:7, 8, 11, 13; Lm 2:1; Ezk 7:20; 11:22; 24:21, 25; Zp 3:14.
[7] Dt 4:7, 34; 8:7; Jb 29:2; 30:1; Ps 42:4; 77:3, 5; 79:4; 137:3; 147:19; Is 5:1; Lm 1:10; 2:15; Ho 2:7; Mi 4:11; Lk 15:17; 16:25.
[8] 1S 2:30; 1K 8:46; 9:7, 9; Is 47:3; 59:2; Jr 4:31; 6:28; 13:22, 26; 15:4; 24:9; 34:17; Lm 1:4, 5, 11, 20, 21; 2:10; 4:15, 21; 5:12; Ezk 14:13; 16:37; 22:2; 23:29, 46; Ho 2:3, 10; Rv 3:18.
[9] Ex 3:7, 17; 4:31; Dt 26:7; 32:27, 29; 1S 1:11; 2S 16:12; 2K 14:26; Ne 9:32; Ps 25:18; 74:8, 22; 119:153; 140:8; Ec 4:1; Is 3:8; 37:4, 17, 23, 29; 40:2; 47:7; 54:11; Jr 2:34; 5:31; 13:17, 27; 48:26; 50:29; Lm 1:1, 2, 17, 21; 2:13; 4:1; Ezk 24:12; Dn 9:17; Ho 2:14; Zp 2:10; Jn 11:19; 2Th 2:4; 1P 4:17.
[10] Dt 23:3; Ne 13:1; Ps 74:4; 79:1; Is 5:13; 63:18; 64:10; Jr 15:13; 20:5; 51:51; 52:13, 17; Lm 1:7; Ezk 7:22; 9:7; 44:7; Mk 13:14.
[11] Dt 28:52; 1S 30:11; 2K 6:25; Jb 40:4; Ps 25:15; Jr 19:9; 38:9; 52:6; Lm 1:9, 19, 20; 2:12, 20; 4:4; Ezk 4:15; 5:16.

She complaineth of her grief,

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 done unto me, wherewith the LORD hath afflicted [me] in the day of his fierce anger. 13 From 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. 14 The 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. 15 The 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. 16 For 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. 17 Zion 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.

[12] Lm 2:13; 4:6; Dn 9:12; Mt 24:21; Lk 21:22; 23:28.
[13] Dt 28:65; 32:21; Jb 18:8; 19:6; 30:30; Ps 22:14; 31:10; 35:4; 66:11; 70:2; 102:3; 129:5; Is 42:17; Jr 4:19; Lm 1:22; 2:3; 4:17; 5:17; Ezk 12:13; 17:20; 32:3; Ho 7:12; Na 1:6; Hab 3:16; 2Th 1:8; He 12:29.
[14] Dt 28:48; Pv 5:22; Is 14:25; 47:6; Jr 25:9; 27:8, 12; 28:14; 34:20; 37:17; 39:1; Ezk 11:9; 21:31; 23:28; 25:4, 7; Ho 5:14.
[15] Dt 28:33; Jg 10:8; 2K 9:33; 24:14; 25:4; Ps 119:118; Is 5:5; 28:18; 63:3; Jr 14:17; 50:26; 51:34; Lm 3:34; Dn 3:13; Mi 7:10; Mal 4:3; Lk 21:24; He 10:29; Rv 14:19; 19:15.
[16] Ps 119:136; Jr 9:1, 10, 21; 13:17; 14:17; Lm 1:2, 5, 9; 2:11, 18, 20; 3:48; 4:2; Ho 9:12; Lk 19:41; Ro 9:1.
[17] Lv 15:19; 1K 8:22, 38; 2K 24:2; 25:1; Is 1:15; Jr 4:31; 6:3; 16:6; 21:4; 34:22; Lm 1:2, 9, 16, 19, 21; 2:1, 17; 4:15; Ezk 7:23; 36:17; Ho 8:8; Lk 19:43.

and confesseth God's judgment to be righteous.

18 ¶ The 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. 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 their meat to relieve their souls. 20 Behold, 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. 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 called, 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.

[18] Ex 9:27; Dt 28:32; 29:22; 32:4; Jg 1:7; 1S 12:14; 15:23; 1K 9:8; 13:21; Ezr 9:13; Ne 1:6; 9:26, 33; Ps 107:11; 119:75; 145:17; Jr 12:1; 22:8; 25:28; 49:12; Lm 1:5, 12; 3:42; Ezk 14:22; Dn 9:7, 9, 14; Zp 3:5; Ro 2:5; 3:19; Rv 15:3; 16:5.
[19] Jb 19:13; Jr 2:28; 14:15; 23:11; 27:13; 30:14; 37:7; Lm 1:2, 11; 2:20; 4:7, 17; 5:12.
[20] Lv 26:40; Dt 32:25; 1K 8:47; Jb 30:27; 33:27; Ps 22:14; 51:3; Pv 28:13; Is 16:11; 38:14; Jr 2:35; 3:13; 4:19; 9:21; 14:18; 31:20; 48:36; Lm 1:9, 11, 18; 2:11; 4:9; Ezk 7:15; Ho 11:8; Hab 3:16; Lk 15:18; 18:13.
[21] Dt 32:41; Ps 35:15; 37:13; 38:16; 137:7, 8; Is 13:1; 47:1; 51:22; Jr 25:17; 46:1; 48:27; 50:11, 15, 29, 31; 51:24, 49; Lm 1:2, 8, 11, 16, 22; 2:15; 4:21, 22; Ezk 25:1, 3, 6, 8, 15; 26:2; Jol 3:14; Am 1:1; Ob 1:12; Mi 7:9; Hab 2:15; Rv 18:6.
[22] Ne 4:4; Ps 109:14; 137:7; Is 13:7; Jr 8:18; 10:25; 18:23; 51:35; Lm 1:13; 5:17; Lk 23:31; Ep 3:13; Rv 6:10.


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