How Lonely Sits the City

aHow lonely sits the city

that was full of people!

How like ba widow has she become,

she who was great among the nations!

She who was ca princess among the provinces

has become da slave.

  eShe weeps bitterly in the night,

with tears on her cheeks;

famong all her lovers

she has gnone to comfort her;

hall her friends have dealt treacherously with her;

they have become her enemies.

  iJudah has gone into exile because of affliction

and hard servitude;

jshe dwells now among the nations,

kbut finds no resting place;

her pursuers have all overtaken her

in the midst of her distress.1

  The roads to Zion mourn,

for none come to lthe festival;

mall her gates are desolate;

her priests ngroan;

her virgins have been afflicted,2

and she herself suffers bitterly.

  oHer foes have become the head;

her penemies prosper,

because qthe Lord has afflicted her

rfor the multitude of her transgressions;

sher children have gone away,

captives before the foe.

  From the daughter of Zion

all her majesty has departed.

Her princes have become like deer

tthat find no pasture;

they fled without strength

before the pursuer.

  Jerusalem remembers

in the days of her affliction and wandering

uall the precious things

that were hers from vdays of old.

When her people fell into the hand of the foe,

and there was none to help her,

her foes gloated over her;

they wmocked at her downfall.

  xJerusalem sinned grievously;

therefore she became filthy;

all who honored her despise her,

yfor they have seen her nakedness;

she herself zgroans

and turns her face away.

  Her uncleanness was ain her skirts;

bshe took no thought of her future;3

therefore her fall is terrible;

cshe has no comforter.

“O Lord, behold my affliction,

for the enemy has dtriumphed!”

  10  The enemy has stretched out his hands

over all her eprecious things;

for she has seen fthe nations

enter her sanctuary,

those whom you gforbade

to enter your congregation.

  11  All her people zgroan

as hthey search for bread;

they trade their etreasures for ifood

to revive their strength.

“Look, O Lord, and see,

for I am despised.”

  12  “Is it nothing to you, all jyou who pass by?

kLook and see

if there is any sorrow like my sorrow,

which was brought upon me,

which lthe Lord inflicted

on mthe day of his fierce anger.

  13  “From on high he nsent fire;

into my bones4 he made it descend;

ohe spread a net for my feet;

he turned me back;

phe has left me stunned,

faint all the day long.

  14  “My transgressions were bound5 into qa yoke;

by his hand they were fastened together;

they were set upon my neck;

he caused my strength to fail;

the Lord gave me into the hands

of those whom I cannot withstand.

  15  “The Lord rejected

all my mighty men in my midst;

he summoned an assembly against me

to crush my young men;

rthe Lord has trodden as in a winepress

the virgin daughter of Judah.

  16  “For these things sI weep;

my eyes flow with tears;

for ta comforter is far from me,

one to urevive my spirit;

my children are desolate,

for the enemy has prevailed.”

  17  vZion stretches out her hands,

but tthere is none to comfort her;

the Lord has commanded against Jacob

that his neighbors should be his foes;

Jerusalem has become

a filthy thing among them.

  18  w“The Lord is in the right,

xfor I have rebelled against his word;

but hear, all you peoples,

and see my suffering;

ymy young women and my young men

have gone into captivity.

  19  “I called to zmy lovers,

but they deceived me;

my priests and elders

perished in the city,

while athey sought food

to revive their strength.

  20  “Look, O Lord, for I am in distress;

bmy stomach churns;

my heart is wrung within me,

because I have been very rebellious.

cIn the street the sword bereaves;

in the house it is like death.

  21  “They heard6 dmy groaning,

yet ethere is no one to comfort me.

All my enemies have heard of my trouble;

fthey are glad that you have done it.

You have brought7 the day you announced;

fnow let them be as I am.

  22  g“Let all their evildoing come before you,

and deal with them

as hyou have dealt with me

because of all my transgressions;

for dmy groans are many,

and imy heart is faint.”

a
b
c
d
e
f
g

ver. 9, 16, 17, 21; Eccles. 4:1

h
i
j

[ch. 2:9; Deut. 28:64, 65]

k
1

Or in the narrow passes

l

See ch. 2:6

m
n

ver. 8, 11, 21, 22

2

Septuagint, Old Latin dragged away

o
p
q

ver. 12; ch. 3:33

r
s
t
u

ver. 10, 11

v
w
x
y
z

ver. 4, 21, 22

a
b
3

Or end

c

ver. 2

d
e

ver. 7

f
g
z

[See ver. 8 above]

h
e

[See ver. 10 above]

i

ver. 19

j
k
l

ver. 5

m
n
4

Septuagint; Hebrew bones and

o
p

ch. 3:11; See Jer. 8:18

5

The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain

q
r
s
t

ver. 2, 21

u

[ver. 11]

v
t

[See ver. 16 above]

w
x
y
z

See ver. 2

a

ver. 11

b
c
6

Septuagint, Syriac Hear

d

ver. 4, 8, 11

e

ver. 2, 16, 17

f
7

Syriac Bring

g
h

ver. 12; ch. 2:20

d

[See ver. 21 above]

i
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