New American Standard Bible

Lamentations 1

The Sorrows of Zion

1How lonely sits the city
That was full of people!
She has become like a widow
Who was once great among the nations!
She who was a princess among the [a]provinces
Has become a forced laborer!
She weeps bitterly in the night
And her tears are on her cheeks;
She has none to comfort her
Among all her lovers.
All her friends have dealt treacherously with her;
They have become her enemies.
Judah has gone into exile [b]under affliction
And [c]under [d]harsh servitude;
She dwells among the nations,
But she has found no rest;
All her pursuers have overtaken her
In the midst of [e]distress.
The roads [f]of Zion are in mourning
Because no one comes to the appointed feasts.
All her gates are desolate;
Her priests are groaning,
Her virgins are afflicted,
And she herself [g]is bitter.
Her adversaries have become [h]her masters,
Her enemies [i]prosper;
For the Lord has caused her grief
Because of the multitude of her transgressions;
Her little ones have gone away
As captives before the adversary.
All her majesty
Has departed from the daughter of Zion;
Her princes have become like deer
That have found no pasture;
And they have [j]fled without strength
Before the pursuer.
In the days of her affliction and homelessness
Jerusalem remembers all her precious things
That were from the days of old,
When her people fell into the hand of the adversary
And no one helped her.
The adversaries saw her,
They mocked at her [k]ruin.
Jerusalem sinned greatly,
Therefore she has become an unclean thing.
All who honored her despise her
Because they have seen her nakedness;
Even she herself groans and turns away.
Her uncleanness was in her skirts;
She [l]did not consider her future.
Therefore she has [m]fallen astonishingly;
She has no comforter.
“See, O Lord, my affliction,
For the enemy has magnified himself!”
10 The adversary has stretched out his hand
Over all her precious things,
For she has seen the nations enter her sanctuary,
The ones whom You commanded
That they should not enter into Your congregation.
11 All her people groan seeking bread;
They have given their precious things for food
To restore their [n]lives themselves.
“See, O Lord, and look,
For I am despised.”
12 “Is it nothing to all you who pass this way?
Look and see if there is any [o]pain like my [p]pain
Which was severely dealt out to me,
Which the Lord inflicted on the day of His fierce anger.
13 “From on high He sent fire into my bones,
And it [q]prevailed over them.
He has spread a net for my feet;
He has turned me back;
He has made me desolate,
[r]Faint all day long.
14 “The yoke of my transgressions is bound;
By His hand they are knit together.
They have come upon my neck;
He has made my strength [s]fail.
The Lord has given me into the hands
Of those against whom I am not able to stand.
15 “The Lord has rejected all my strong men
In my midst;
He has called an appointed [t]time against me
To crush my young men;
The Lord has trodden as in a wine press
The virgin daughter of Judah.
16 “For these things I weep;
[u]My eyes run down with water;
Because far from me is a comforter,
One who restores my soul.
My children are desolate
Because the enemy has prevailed.”
17 Zion stretches out her hands;
There is no one to comfort her;
The Lord has commanded concerning Jacob
That the ones round about him should be his adversaries;
Jerusalem has become an unclean thing among them.
18 “The Lord is righteous;
For I have rebelled against His [v]command;
Hear now, all peoples,
And behold my [w]pain;
My virgins and my young men
Have gone into captivity.
19 “I called to my lovers, but they deceived me;
My priests and my elders perished in the city
While they sought food to restore [x]their strength themselves.
20 “See, O Lord, for I am in distress;
My [y]spirit is greatly troubled;
My heart is overturned within me,
For I have been very rebellious.
In the street the sword [z]slays;
In the house it is like death.
21 “They have heard that I groan;
There is no one to comfort me;
All my enemies have heard of my [aa]calamity;
They are glad that You have done it.
Oh, that You would bring the day which You have proclaimed,
That they may become like me.
22 “Let all their wickedness come before You;
And deal with them as You have dealt with me
For all my transgressions;
For my groans are many and my heart is faint.”

Footnotes

  1. Lamentations 1:1 Or districts
  2. Lamentations 1:3 Or by reason of
  3. Lamentations 1:3 Or by reason of
  4. Lamentations 1:3 Lit great
  5. Lamentations 1:3 Or narrow places
  6. Lamentations 1:4 Or to
  7. Lamentations 1:4 Or suffers bitterly
  8. Lamentations 1:5 Lit head
  9. Lamentations 1:5 Or are at ease
  10. Lamentations 1:6 Lit gone
  11. Lamentations 1:7 Lit cessation
  12. Lamentations 1:9 Lit did not remember her latter end
  13. Lamentations 1:9 Lit come down
  14. Lamentations 1:11 Lit soul
  15. Lamentations 1:12 Or sorrow
  16. Lamentations 1:12 Or sorrow
  17. Lamentations 1:13 Or descended, overthrew
  18. Lamentations 1:13 Or Sick
  19. Lamentations 1:14 Lit stumble
  20. Lamentations 1:15 Or feast
  21. Lamentations 1:16 Lit My eye, my eye
  22. Lamentations 1:18 Lit mouth
  23. Lamentations 1:18 Or sorrow
  24. Lamentations 1:19 Lit their soul
  25. Lamentations 1:20 Lit inward parts are in ferment
  26. Lamentations 1:20 Lit bereaves
  27. Lamentations 1:21 Lit evil

King James Version

Lamentations 1

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.