Lamentations 2
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Judgment on Jerusalem

א  Alef

1How the Lord has overshadowed

Daughter Zion with His anger!

He has thrown down Israel’s glory

from heaven to earth.

He has abandoned His footstoola, b

in the day of His anger.c

ב  Bet

2Without compassiond the Lord has swallowed up

all the dwellings of Jacob.

In His wrath He has demolished

the fortified citiese of Daughter Judah.

He brought them to the ground

and defiled the kingdom and its leaders.f

ג  Gimel

3He has cut off every horng of Israel

in His burning anger

and withdrawn His right handh

in the presence of the enemy.

He has blazed against Jacob like a flaming fire

that consumes everything.i

ד  Dalet

4He has bent His bow like an enemy;j

His right hand is positioned like an adversary.

He has killed everyone who was loved,k

pouring out His wrath like fire

on the tent of Daughter Zion.

ה  He

5The Lord is like an enemy;

He has swallowed up Israel.

He swallowed up all its palaces

and destroyed its fortified cities.

He has multiplied mourning and lamentation

within Daughter Judah.l

ו  Vav

6He has done violence to His templem

as if it were a garden booth,

destroying His place of meeting.n

The LORD has abolished

appointed festivals and Sabbaths in Zion.

He has despised king and priest

in His fierce anger.

ז  Zayin

7The Lord has rejected His altar,

repudiated His sanctuary;o

He has handed the walls of her palaces

over to the enemy.

They have raised a shout in the house of the LORD

as on the day of an appointed festival.

ח  Khet

8The LORD determined to destroy

the wall of Daughter Zion.

He stretched out a measuring linep

and did not restrain Himself from destroying.

He made the ramparts and walls grieve;

together they waste away.

ט  Tet

9Zion’s gates have fallen to the ground;q

He has destroyed and shattered the bars on her gates.

Her king and her leaders live among the nations,

instructionr is no more,

and even her prophets receive

no vision from the LORD.s

י  Yod

10The elders of Daughter Zion

sit on the ground in silence.

They have thrown dust on their headst

and put on sackcloth.

The young women of Jerusalem

have bowed their heads to the ground.u

כ  Kaf

11My eyes are worn out from weeping;v

I am churning within.

My heart is poured out in griefw, x

because of the destruction of my dear people,y

because children and infants faint

in the streets of the city.z

ל  Lamed

12They cry out to their mothers:

Where is the grain and wine?aa

as they faint like the wounded

in the streets of the city,

as their lives fade away

in the arms of their mothers.

מ  Mem

13What can I say on your behalf?

What can I compare you to, Daughter Jerusalem?

What can I liken you to,

so that I may console you, Virgin Daughter Zion?

For your ruin is as vast as the sea.

Who can heal you?ab

נ  Nun

14Your prophets saw visions for you

that were empty and deceptive;ac

they did not reveal your guilt

and so restore your

They saw oracles for you

that were empty and misleading.

ס  Samek

15All who pass by

scornfully clap their handsae at you.

They mockaf, ag and shake their headsah

at Daughter Jerusalem:

Is this the city that was called

the perfection of beauty,ai

the joy of the whole earth?aj

פ  Pe

16All your enemies

open their mouths against you.ak

They hiss and gnash their teeth,al

saying, “We have swallowed her

This is the day we have waited for!

We have lived to see it.”

ע  Ayin

17The LORD has done what He planned;

He has accomplished His decree,

which He ordained in days of old.

He has demolished without compassion,an

letting the enemy gloat over you

and exalting the horn of your adversaries.

צ  Tsade

18The hearts of the people cry out to the Lord.

Wall of Daughter Zion,ao

let your tears run down like a river

day and night.ap

Give yourself no relief

and youraq eyes no rest.

ק  Qof

19Arise, cry out in the night

from the first watch of the night.

Pour out your heart like water

before the Lord’s

Lift up your hands to Him

for the lives of your children

who are fainting from hunger

on the corner of every

ר  Resh

20LORD, look and consider

who You have done this to.

Should women eat their own children,at

the infants they have nurtured?au

Should priests and prophets

be killed in the Lord’s sanctuary?

ׁש  Shin

21Both young and old

are lying on the ground in the streets.

My young men and women

have fallen by the sword.

You have killed them in the day of Your anger,

slaughtering without compassion.av

ת  Tav

22You summoned my attackersaw on every side,ax

as if for an appointed festival day;

on the day of the LORD’s anger

no one escaped or survived.

My enemy has destroyed

those I nurtureday and reared.

a. 2:1 Either the ark of the covenant or the temple
b. 2:1 1Ch 28:2; Ps 99:5; 132:7
c. 2:1 Jb 20:28; Ps 110:5; Zph 2:2-3
d. 2:2 Jb 16:13; Lm 3:43; Ezk 8:18
e. 2:2 Is 2:12,15
f. 2:2 Ps 89:39; Is 43:28; 47:6
g. 2:3 Ps 75:5,10; Jr 48:25
h. 2:3 Ex 6:6; Dt 4:34
i. 2:3 Dt 4:24; Heb 12:29
j. 2:4 Ps 7:12; Lm 3:12
k. 2:4 Lit killed all the delights of the eye ; Ezk 24:16
l. 2:5 Is 29:2
m. 2:6 Lit booth
n. 2:6 Ps 74:4
o. 2:7 Ps 89:39
p. 2:8 2Kg 21:13; Is 28:17; 34:11,17
q. 2:9 Neh 1:3; Jr 14:2
r. 2:9 Or the law
s. 2:9 Ezk 7:26; Mc 3:6
t. 2:10 Gn 37:34; Jos 7:6; Neh 9:1; Jb 2:12-13; Ezk 27:30
u. 2:10 Jb 10:15; Is 58:5
v. 2:11 Ps 69:3; Jr 9:1; 14:17; Lm 3:48-49
w. 2:11 Lit My liver is poured out on the ground
x. 2:11 Ps 22:14; Jr 4:19
y. 2:11 Lm 3:48
z. 2:11 Jr 44:7
aa. 2:12 Dt 28:51; Hs 2:8-9; 7:14
ab. 2:13 Nah 3:19
ac. 2:14 Jr 5:12-13; 23:9-40; 28:1-4; 29:29-32; Ezk 13:8-16
ad. 2:14 Dt 30:1-3; Jr 29:11-14; 30:1-3
ae. 2:15 Nm 24:10; Ezk 25:6
af. 2:15 Lit hiss
ag. 2:15 1Kg 9:8; Jr 19:8
ah. 2:15 Ps 22:7; 109:25; Mk 15:29
ai. 2:15 Ps 50:2
aj. 2:15 Ps 48:2
ak. 2:16 Dt 28:37; Jb 16:10; Ps 22:13; Lm 3:46
al. 2:16 Jb 16:9; Ps 35:16; 37:12
am. 2:16 Lm 2:2,5,8
an. 2:17 Lm 2:2,21; 3:43; Ezk 7:8-9
ao. 2:18 Lm 2:8
ap. 2:18 Jr 4:31; 14:17
aq. 2:18 Lit and the daughter of your
ar. 2:19 Ps 42:4; 62:8; 77:2; 84:2; 142:2
as. 2:19 Is 51:20
at. 2:20 Lv 26:27-29; Dt 28:53-57; 2Kg 6:24-31; Jr 19:9; Lm 4:10
au. 2:20 Or infants in a healthy condition ; Hb obscure
av. 2:21 Lm 2:2,17; 3:43
aw. 2:22 Or terrors
ax. 2:22 Ps 31:13; Jr 6:25; 20:10
ay. 2:22 Or I bore healthy ; Hb obscure
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