NASB — Lamentations 2 — KJV

God’s Anger over Israel

  1 How the Lord has acovered the daughter of Zion
  With a cloud in His anger!
  He has bcast from heaven to earth
  The cglory of Israel,
  And has not remembered His dfootstool
  In the day of His anger.
  2 The Lord has aswallowed up; He has not spared
  All the habitations of Jacob.
  In His wrath He has bthrown down
  The strongholds of the daughter of Judah;
  He has cbrought [them] down to the ground;
  He has dprofaned the kingdom and its princes.
  3 In fierce anger He has cut off
  IAll the astrength of Israel;
  He has bdrawn back His right hand
  From before the enemy.
  And He has cburned in Jacob like a flaming fire
  Consuming round about.
  4 He has bent His abow like an enemy;
  He has set His right hand like an adversary
  And slain all that were bpleasant to the eye;
  In the tent of the daughter of Zion
  He has cpoured out His wrath like fire.
  5 The Lord has become like an aenemy.
  He has bswallowed up Israel;
  He has swallowed up all its cpalaces,
  He has destroyed its strongholds
  And dmultiplied in the daughter of Judah
  Mourning and moaning.
  6 And He has violently treated His Itabernacle like a garden [booth];
  He has adestroyed His appointed IImeeting place.
  The LORD has bcaused to be forgotten
  The appointed feast and sabbath in Zion,
  And He has cdespised king and priest
  In the indignation of His anger.
  7 The Lord has arejected His altar,
  He has abandoned His sanctuary;
  He bhas delivered into the hand of the enemy
  The walls of her palaces.
  They have made a cnoise in the house of the LORD
  As in the day of an appointed feast.
  8 The LORD Idetermined to destroy
  The wall of the daughter of Zion.
  He has astretched out a line,
  He has not restrained His hand from IIdestroying,
  And He has bcaused rampart and wall to lament;
  They have languished together.
  9 Her agates have sunk into the ground,
  He has destroyed and broken her bars.
  Her king and her princes are among the nations;
  The blaw is no more.
  Also, her prophets find
  cNo vision from the LORD.
  10 The elders of the daughter of Zion
  aSit on the ground, they bare silent.
  They have thrown cdust on their heads;
  They have girded themselves with dsackcloth.
  The evirgins of Jerusalem
  Have bowed their heads to the ground.
  11 My aeyes fail because of tears,
  My Ibspirit is greatly troubled;
  My IIcheart is poured out on the earth
  dBecause of the IIIdestruction of the daughter of my people,
  When elittle ones and infants faint
  In the streets of the city.
  12 They say to their mothers,
  “aWhere is grain and wine?”
  As they faint like a wounded man
  In the streets of the city,
  As their blife is poured out
  On their mothers’ bosom.
  13 How shall I admonish you?
  To what ashall I compare you,
  O daughter of Jerusalem?
  To what shall I liken you as I comfort you,
  O bvirgin daughter of Zion?
  For your Iruin is as vast as the sea;
  Who can cheal you?
  14 Your aprophets have seen for you
  False and foolish [visions];
  And they have not bexposed your iniquity
  So as to restore you from captivity,
  But they have cseen for you false and misleading Ioracles.
  15 All who pass along the way
  aClap their hands [in derision] at you;
  They bhiss and shake their heads
  At the daughter of Jerusalem,
  “Is this the city of which they said,
  ‘cThe perfection of beauty,
  dA joy to all the earth’?”
  16 All ayour enemies
  Have opened their mouths wide against you;
  They hiss and bgnash [their] teeth.
  They say, “We have cswallowed [her] up!
  Surely this is the dday for which we waited;
  We have reached [it], we have seen [it].”
  17 The LORD has adone what He purposed;
  He has accomplished His word
  Which He commanded from days of old.
  He has thrown down bwithout sparing,
  And He has caused the enemy to crejoice over you;
  He has dexalted the Imight of your adversaries.
  18 Their aheart cried out to the Lord,
  “O bwall of the daughter of Zion,
  Let [your] ctears run down like a river day and night;
  Give yourself no relief,
  Let Iyour eyes have no rest.
  19 “Arise, cry aloud in the anight
  At the beginning of the night watches;
  bPour out your heart like water
  Before the presence of the Lord;
  Lift up your hands to Him
  For the clife of your little ones
  Who are dfaint because of hunger
  At the head of every street.”
  20 See, O LORD, and look!
  With awhom have You dealt thus?
  Should women beat their Ioffspring,
  The little ones who were IIborn healthy?
  Should cpriest and prophet be slain
  In the sanctuary of the Lord?
  21 On the ground in the streets
  Lie ayoung and old;
  My bvirgins and my young men
  Have fallen by the sword.
  You have slain [them] in the day of Your anger,
  You have slaughtered, cnot sparing.
  22 You called as in the day of an appointed feast
  My aterrors on every side;
  And there was bno one who escaped or survived
  In the day of the LORDS anger.
  Those cwhom I Ibore and reared,
  My enemy annihilated them.

[1] aEzk 30:18 bIs 14:12-15; Ezk 28:14-16 cIs 64:11 dPs 99:5; 132:7
[2] aPs 21:9; Lm 3:43 bLm 2:5; Mi 5:11, 14 cIs 25:12; 26:5 dPs 89:39, 40; Is 43:28
[3] ILit Every horn aPs 75:5, 10; Jr 48:25 bPs 74:11; Jr 21:4, 5 cIs 42:25; Jr 21:14
[4] aJb 6:4; 16:13; Lm 3:12, 13 bEzk 24:25 cIs 42:25; Jr 7:20
[5] aJr 30:14 bLm 2:2 cJr 52:13; Lm 2:2 dJr 9:17-20
[6] ILit booth IIOr feast aJr 52:13 bJr 17:27; Lm 1:4; Zp 3:18 cLm 4:16
[7] aPs 78:59-61; Is 64:11; Ezk 7:20-22 bJr 33:4, 5; 52:13 cPs 74:3-8
[8] ILit thought IILit swallowing up a2K 21:13; Is 34:11; Am 7:7-9 bIs 3:26; Jr 14:2
[9] aNe 1:3 bHo 3:4 cJr 14:14; 23:16; Ezk 7:26
[10] aJb 2:13; Is 3:26; 47:1 bAm 8:3 cJb 2:12; Ezk 27:30 dIs 15:3; Jna 3:6-8 eLm 1:4
[11] ILit inward parts are in ferment IILit liver IIILit breaking aLm 1:16; 3:48, 51 bJr 4:19 cJb 16:13 dIs 22:4; Lm 4:10 eJr 44:7; Lm 2:19
[12] aJr 5:17 bJb 30:16; Ps 42:4; 62:8
[13] ILit breaking aLm 1:12 bIs 37:22 cJr 8:22; 30:12-15
[14] ILit burdens aJr 23:25-29; 29:8, 9 bIs 58:1; Ezk 23:36; Mi 3:8 cJr 23:36; Ezk 22:25, 28
[15] aJb 27:23; Ezk 25:6 bPs 22:7; Is 37:22; Jr 18:16; 19:8; Zp 2:15 cPs 50:2 dPs 48:2
[16] aJb 16:10; Ps 22:13; Lm 3:46 bJb 16:9; Ps 35:16; 37:12 cPs 56:2; 124:3; Jr 51:34 dOb 12-15
[17] ILit horn aJr 4:28 bLm 2:1, 2; Ezk 5:11; 7:8, 9; 8:18 cPs 35:24, 26; 89:42; Is 14:29 dDt 28:43, 44; Lm 1:5
[18] ILit the daughter of your eye aPs 119:145; Ho 7:14 bLm 2:8; Hab 2:11 cPs 119:136; Jr 9:1; Lm 1:2, 16; 3:48, 49
[19] aPs 42:3; Is 26:9 b1S 1:15; Ps 42:4; 62:8 cLm 2:11 dIs 51:20
[20] ILit fruit IIOr tenderly cared for aEx 32:11; Dt 9:26 bJr 19:9; Lm 4:10 cPs 78:64; Jr 14:15; 23:11, 12
[21] a2Ch 36:17; Jr 6:11 bPs 78:62, 63 cJr 13:14; Zc 11:6
[22] ILit bore healthy or, tenderly cared for aPs 31:13; Is 24:17; Jr 6:25 bJr 11:11 cJr 16:2-4; 44:7


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Jeremiah lamenteth the misery of Jerusalem.

1 ¶ How 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! 2 The 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. 3 He 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. 4 He 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. 5 The 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. 6 And 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. 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 the LORD, as in the day of a solemn feast. 8 The 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. 9 Her 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. 10 The 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. 11 Mine 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. 12 They 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. 13 What 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? 14 Thy 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. 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] call The perfection of beauty, The joy of the whole earth? 16 All 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]. 17 The 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. 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 rest; let not the apple of thine eye cease. 19 Arise, 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.

[1] 1S 4:21; 2S 1:19; 1Ch 28:2; Ps 99:5; 132:7; Is 14:12; 64:11; Lm 1:1; 3:43; 4:1; Ezk 7:20; 24:21; 28:14; 30:18; 32:7; Jol 2:2; Mt 11:23; Lk 10:15, 18; Rv 12:7.
[2] Jb 2:3; Ps 21:9; 89:39; Is 23:9; 25:12; 26:5; 27:11; 43:28; 47:6; Jr 5:10; 13:14; 21:7; Lm 2:5, 17, 21; 3:43; Ezk 5:11; 7:4, 9; 8:18; 9:10; Mi 5:11; Zc 11:5; Mal 1:4; Mt 18:33; 2Co 10:4.
[3] Dt 32:22; Jb 16:15; Ps 74:11; 75:5, 10; 79:5; 89:24, 46; 132:17; Is 1:31; 42:25; Jr 4:4; 7:20; 48:25; Mal 4:1; Lk 1:69; 3:17.
[4] 2Ch 34:21, 25; Jb 6:4; 16:12; Is 42:25; 51:17; 63:6, 10; Jr 4:4; 7:20; 21:5, 12; 30:14; 36:7; Lm 2:5; 3:3, 12; 4:1; Ezk 5:13; 6:12; 22:22; 24:25; 36:18; Na 1:2, 6.
[5] 2K 25:9; 2Ch 36:16; Jr 15:1; 30:14; 52:13; Lm 2:2, 4; Ezk 2:10.
[6] Ps 80:12; 89:40; Is 1:8; 5:5; 43:28; 63:18; 64:11; Jr 52:11; Lm 1:4; 4:16, 20; 5:12; Ezk 12:12; 17:18; Zp 3:18; Mal 2:9.
[7] Lv 26:31, 44; 2Ch 36:19; Ps 72:4; 74:3; 78:59; Is 64:10; Jr 7:12; 26:6, 18; 32:29; 33:3; 39:8; 52:13; Lm 2:1, 5; Ezk 7:20, 21, 24; 24:21; Am 2:5; Mi 3:12; Mt 24:2; Ac 6:13.
[8] 2S 8:2; 2K 21:13; Jb 13:21; Is 3:26; 5:5; 28:17; 34:11; Jr 5:10; 14:2; Lm 2:2, 5, 17; Ezk 20:22; Am 7:7.
[9] Dt 28:36; 2K 24:12; 25:7; 2Ch 15:3; Ne 1:3; Ps 74:9; Jr 39:2, 8; 51:30; 52:8, 14; Lm 1:3; 4:15, 20; Ezk 7:26; 12:13; 17:20; Ho 3:4; Am 8:11; Mi 3:6.
[10] Jsh 7:6; 2S 13:19; Jb 2:12, 13; Is 3:26; 15:3; 36:22; 47:1, 5; Jr 8:14; Lm 1:1, 4; 3:28; 4:5, 16; 5:12, 14; Ezk 7:18; 27:31; Jol 1:8; Am 5:13; 8:3, 13; Rv 18:19.
[11] 1S 30:4; Jb 16:13; Ps 6:7; 22:14; 31:9; 69:3; Is 22:4; 38:14; Jr 4:19; 8:19; 9:1; 14:17; Lm 1:16, 20; 2:19; 3:48; 4:3, 9, 10; Lk 23:29.
[12] Is 53:12; Ezk 30:24.
[13] 2S 5:20; Ps 60:2; Jr 8:22; 14:17; 30:12; 51:8; Lm 1:12; Ezk 26:3; Dn 9:12.
[14] Is 9:15; 58:1; Jr 2:8; 5:31; 6:13; 8:10; 14:13; 23:11, 14, 22, 31; 27:9, 14; 28:15; 29:8; 37:19; Ezk 13:2, 22; 22:25, 28; Mi 2:11; 3:5; Zp 3:4; 2P 2:1.
[15] Dt 29:22; 1K 9:7; 2K 19:21; 2Ch 7:21; Jb 27:22; Ps 22:7; 44:14; 48:2; 50:2; Is 37:22; 64:11; Jr 18:16; 19:8; 25:9, 18; 29:18; 51:37; Lm 1:8; 2:6, 16; Ezk 25:6; Mi 6:16; Na 3:19; Zp 2:15; Mt 27:39; Mk 15:29.
[16] Jb 16:9; Ps 22:13; 35:16, 21; 37:12; 41:8; 56:2; 57:3; 109:2; 112:10; 124:3; Is 49:19; Jr 50:7, 17; 51:34; Lm 3:46; Ezk 25:3, 6, 15; 36:3; Ho 8:8; Ob 1:12; Zp 2:8; Ac 7:54.
[17] Lv 26:14; Dt 28:15, 43; 29:18; 31:16; 32:15; Ps 38:16; 89:42; Jr 18:11; Lm 1:5; 2:1, 8; Ezk 5:11; 7:8; 8:18; 9:10; Mi 2:3.
[18] Ps 119:136, 145; Is 26:16; Jr 4:31; 9:1, 17; 13:17; 14:17; Lm 1:2, 16; 2:8; 3:48; Ho 7:14; Hab 2:11.
[19] Jg 7:19; 1S 1:15; 7:6; Jb 3:24; Ps 28:2; 42:8; 62:8; 63:4; 119:55, 147; 134:2; 141:2; 142:2; Is 26:9; 51:20; Lm 2:11; 4:1; Ezk 5:10, 16; Na 3:10; Mt 14:25; Mk 1:35; 13:35; Lk 6:12; 1Ti 2:8.

He complaineth thereof to God.

20 ¶ Behold, 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? 21 The 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. 22 Thou 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.

[20] Ex 32:11; Lv 26:29; Dt 9:26; 28:53; 2K 6:28; Ps 78:64; Is 9:14; 63:16; 64:8; Jr 5:31; 14:15, 20; 19:9; 23:11; Lm 1:19; 4:10, 13, 16; Ezk 5:10; 9:5.
[21] Dt 28:50; Jsh 6:21; 1S 15:3; 2Ch 36:17; Es 3:13; Ps 78:63; Is 27:11; Jr 9:21; 11:22; 13:14; 18:21; 21:7; 51:22; Lm 1:15, 18; 2:2, 17; 3:43; Ezk 5:11; 7:4, 9; 8:18; 9:5, 6, 10; Am 4:10; Zc 11:6.
[22] Dt 28:18; Ps 31:13; Is 24:17; Jr 6:25; 16:2; 20:3; 46:5; Ho 9:12; Am 9:1; Lk 23:29.


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