Lamentations 2
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The Condition of Israel

1How the Lord in his wrath

shameda cherishedb Zion!

He cast down from heaven to earth

the glory of Israel,

He did not remember his footstoolc

in the time of his anger.

2The Lord swallowed up without pity

all of Jacob’s habitations.

In his wrath he tore down

the strongholds of fair Judah.d

He cast to the ground in dishonor

both her kingdom and its rulers.

3In his fierce wrath he cut off

all the strengthe of Israel.

He withdrew his protectionf

as the enemy approached.g

He burned Jacob like a blazing fire

consumes everything around it.

4He bent his bow against ush as would an enemy,

his right hand cocked as would an adversary.

He has killed everyone in whom we took pride;

in the tent of cherishedi Zion he poured out

his anger like fire.

5The Lord has become like an enemy—

he has devoured Israel.

He has devoured all of her palaces,

destroying her fortresses.

He filled cherished Judahj

with mourning and lament.

6He plowed under his Templek like a garden,

spoiling his tent.

The LORD abolished in Zion

both festivals and Sabbaths.

In his fierce wrath he despised

both king and priest.

7The Lord rejected his altar,

disavowing his sanctuary.

He gave up her palace walls

to the control of the enemy.

They shouted in the LORD’s Temple,

as though they were attending a day of celebration.

8The LORD planned to destroy

the walls of cherishedl Zion.

He measured them with his line.

He did not withhold his hand from destruction.

He made both ramparts and defensive walls mourn;

they languish together.

9Jerusalem’sm gates collapsed to the ground;

he destroyed and broke the bars of her gates.n

Both king and prince have gone into captivity.o

There is no instruction,p

and the prophets receive

no vision from the LORD.

10The leaders of cherishedq Zion

sit silently on the ground;

they throw dust on their heads

and dress in mourning clothes.

The young women of Jerusalem

bow their heads in sorrow.r

11My eyes are worn out from crying,

my insides are churning,

My emotions pour out in griefs

because my people are destroyed—

Children and infants faint

in the streets of the city.

12They ask their mothers,

“Is there anything to eat or drink?”t

They faint in the streets of the city

like wounded men.

Their life ebbs away

while they lie on their mother’s bosom.

13What can be said about you?

To what should you be compared, fairu Jerusalem?

To what may I liken you,

so I may comfort you, fair onev of Zion?

Indeed, your wound is as deep as the sea—

who can heal you?

14Your prophets look on your behalf;

they see false and deceptive visions.

They did not expose your sins

in order to restore what had been captured.w

Instead, they crafted oracles for you

that are false and misleading.

15Everyone who passes by on the road

shake their fistsx at you.

They hiss and shake their heads

at cherishedy Jerusalem:

“Is this the city men used to call ‘The Perfection of Beauty,’

and ‘The Joy of the Entire Earth’”?

16All of your enemies

insult you with gaping mouths.

They hiss and grind their teeth while saying,

“We have devoured her completely.

Yes, this is the day that we anticipated!

We found it at last;z we have seen it!”

17The LORD did what he planned.

He carried out his threat.

Just as he commanded long ago,

he has torn down without pity;

He let the enemy boast about you

and has exalted the poweraa of your enemies.

18Cry out from your heart to the Lord,

wall of fairbb Zion!

Let your tears run down like a river

day and night.

Allow yourself no rest,

and don’t stop crying.

19Get up and cry aloud in the night,

at the beginning of every

Pour out your heart like water

in the presence of the Lord!

Lift up your hands toward him

for the lives of your children,

who are fainting away

at every street corner.

20Look, LORD, and take note:

To whom have you done this?

Should women eat their offspring,

the children they have cuddled?

Should priests and prophets be slain

in the sanctuary of the Lord?

21Young men and the aged

lie on the ground in the streets;

my young women and young men

have fallen by the sword.

You killed them in your anger,

slaughtering them without pity.

22You have invited those who terrorize me to come around,

as if today were a festival.

No one has escaped or survived

the time of the LORD’s anger.

My enemy has finished off

those whom I cuddled and raised.

a 2:1 Or enveloped
b 2:1 Lit. the daughter of
c 2:1 i.e. the Temple
d 2:2 Lit. of the daughter of Judah
e 2:3 Lit. every horn
f 2:3 Lit. his right hand
g 2:3 Lit. in front of the enemy
h 2:4 The Heb. lacks against us
i 2:4 Lit. of the daughter of
j 2:5 Lit. the daughters of Judah
k 2:6 Lit. tent
l 2:8 Lit. of the daughter of
m 2:9 Lit. Her
n 2:9 The Heb. lacks gates
o 2:9 Lit. into the nations
p 2:9 Or Law; or The priests do not give their guidance
q 2:10 Lit. of the daughter of
r 2:10 Lit. heads to the ground
s 2:11 Lit. my liver empties upon the ground
t 2:12 Lit. any grain and wine
u 2:13 Lit. daughter of
v 2:13 Lit. virgin daughter
w 2:14 Lit. restore your captivity
x 2:15 Or road clap their hands
y 2:15 Lit. at the daughter
z 2:16 The Heb. lacks at last
aa 2:17 Lit. horn
bb 2:18 Lit. of the daughter of
cc 2:19 Lit. of the night watches

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