∂ How 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!
2 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.
3 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 within the straits.
4 The ways of Zion do mourn, because none come to the solemn assembly; all her
gates are desolate, her priests do sigh: her virgins are afflicted, and she
herself is in bitterness.
5 Her adversaries are become the head, her enemies prosper; for the LORD hath
afflicted her for the multitude of her transgressions: her young children are
gone into captivity before the adversary.
6 And from the daughter of Zion all her majesty is departed: her princes are
become like harts that find no pasture, and they are gone without strength
before the pursuer.
7 Jerusalem remembereth in the days of her affliction and of her miseries all
her pleasant things that were from the days of old: when her people fell into
the hand of the adversary, and none did help her, the adversaries saw her, they
did mock at her desolations.
8 Jerusalem hath grievously sinned; therefore she is become as an unclean thing:
all that honoured her despise her, because they have seen her nakedness: yea,
she sigheth, and turneth backward.
9 Her filthiness was in her skirts; she remembered not her latter end; therefore
is she come down wonderfully; she hath no comforter: behold, O LORD, 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 are entered into her sanctuary, concerning 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 refresh the soul: see, O LORD, and behold; 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 on high 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 knit together,
they are come up upon my neck; he hath made my strength to fail: the Lord hath
delivered me into their hands, against whom I am not able to stand.
15 The Lord hath set at nought all my mighty men in the midst of me; he hath
called a solemn assembly against me to crush my young men: the Lord hath trodden
as in a winepress the virgin daughter of Judah.
16 For these things I weep; mine eye, mine eye runneth down with water; because
the comforter that should refresh my soul is far from me: my children are
desolate, because the enemy hath prevailed.
17 Zion spreadeth forth her hands; there is none to comfort her; the LORD hath
commanded concerning Jacob, that they that are round about him should be his
adversaries: Jerusalem is among them as an unclean thing.
18 The LORD is righteous; for I have rebelled against his commandment: hear, I
pray you, all ye peoples, 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 them meat to refresh their
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 proclaimed, 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
1 ∂ How hath the Lord covered the daughter of Zion with a cloud in his anger!
he hath cast down from heaven unto the earth the beauty of Israel, and hath not
remembered 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 profaned the kingdom and the
3 He hath cut off in fierce anger all the horn of Israel; he hath drawn back his
right hand from before the enemy: and he hath burned up Jacob like a flaming
fire, which devoureth round about.
4 He hath bent his bow like an enemy, he hath stood with his right hand as an
adversary, and hath slain all that were pleasant to the eye: in the tent of the
daughter of Zion he hath poured out his fury like fire.
5 The Lord is become as an enemy, he hath swallowed up Israel; he hath swallowed
up all her palaces, he hath destroyed his strong holds: and he hath multiplied
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 place of assembly: the LORD hath caused solemn assembly and
sabbath 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 assembly.
8 The LORD hath purposed to destroy the wall of the daughter of Zion; he hath
stretched out the line, he hath not withdrawn his hand from destroying: but he
hath made the rampart and wall to lament; they languish together.
9 Her gates are sunk into the ground; he hath destroyed and broken her bars: her
king and her princes are among the nations where the law is not; yea, her
prophets find no vision from the LORD.
10 ∂ The elders of the daughter of Zion sit upon the ground, they 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 young
children and the sucklings swoon in the streets of the city.
12 They say to their mothers, Where is corn and wine? when they swoon as the
wounded in the streets of the city, when their soul is poured out into their
13 What shall I testify unto thee? what 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 visions for thee of vanity and foolishness; and they
have not discovered thine iniquity, to bring again thy captivity: but have seen
for thee burdens of vanity 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 called The
perfection of beauty, The joy of the whole earth?
16 All thine enemies have opened their mouth wide 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 devised; he hath fulfilled his word that he
commanded in the days of old; he hath thrown down, and hath not pitied: and he
hath caused the enemy to rejoice over thee, he hath exalted the horn of thine
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 respite; let not the apple
of thine eye cease.
19 Arise, cry out in the night, at 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 at the top of every
20 See, O LORD, and behold, to whom thou hast done thus! shall the women eat
their fruit, the children that are dandled in the hands? shall the priest and
the prophet be slain in the sanctuary of the Lord?
21 The youth and the old man 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 slaughtered, [and] not pitied.
22 Thou hast called, as in the day of a solemn assembly, my terrors on every
side, and there was none that escaped or remained in the day of the LORDíS
anger: those that I have dandled and brought up hath mine enemy consumed.
1 ∂ I AM the man that hath seen affliction by the rod of his wrath.
2 He hath led me and caused me to walk in darkness and not in light.
3 Surely against me he turneth his hand again and again all the day.
4 My flesh and my skin hath he made old; he hath broken my bones.
5 He hath builded against me, and compassed me with gall and travail.
6 He hath made me to dwell in dark places, as those that have been long dead.
7 He hath fenced me about, that I cannot go forth; he hath made my chain heavy.
8 Yea, when I cry and call for help, he shutteth out my prayer.
9 He hath fenced up my ways with hewn stone, he hath made my paths crooked.
10 He is unto me as a bear lying in wait, as a lion in secret places.
11 He hath turned aside my ways, and pulled me in pieces; he hath made me
12 He hath bent his bow, and set me as a mark for the arrow.
13 He hath caused the shafts of his quiver to enter into my reins.
14 I am become a derision to all my people; and their song all the day.
15 He hath filled me with bitterness, he hath sated me with wormwood.
16 He hath also broken my teeth with gravel stones, he hath covered me with
17 And thou hast removed my soul far off from peace; I forgat prosperity.
18 And I said, My strength is perished, and mine expectation from the LORD.
19 Remember mine affliction and my misery, the wormwood and the gall.
20 My soul hath them still in remembrance, and is bowed down within me.
21 ∂ This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope.
22 [It is of] the LORDíS mercies that we are not consumed, because his
compassions fail not.
23 They are new every morning; great is thy faithfulness.
24 The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.
25 The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.
26 It is good that a man should hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the
27 It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth.
28 Let him sit alone and keep silence, because he hath laid it upon him.
29 Let him put his mouth in the dust; if so be there may he hope.
30 Let him give his cheek to him that smiteth him; let him be filled full with
31 For the Lord will not cast off for ever.
32 For though he cause grief, yet will he have compassion according to the
multitude of his mercies.
33 For he doth not afflict willingly, nor grieve the children of men.
34 To crush under foot all the prisoners of the earth,
35 To turn aside the right of a man before the face of the Most High,
36 To subvert a man in his cause, the Lord approveth not.
37 ∂ Who is he that saith, and it cometh to pass, when the Lord commandeth it
38 Out of the mouth of the Most High cometh there not evil and good?
39 Wherefore doth a living man complain, a man for the punishment of his sins?
40 Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the LORD.
41 Let us lift up our heart with our hands unto God in the heavens.
42 ∂ We have transgressed and have rebelled; thou hast not pardoned.
43 Thou hast covered with anger and pursued us; thou hast slain, thou hast not
44 Thou hast covered thyself with a cloud, that [our] prayer should not pass
45 Thou hast made us [as] the offscouring and refuse in the midst of the
46 all our enemies have opened their mouth wide against us.
47 Fear and the pit are come upon us, devastation and destruction.
48 Mine eye runneth down with rivers of water, for the destruction of the
daughter of my people.
49 Mine eye poureth down, and ceaseth not, without any intermission,
50 Till the LORD look down, and behold from heaven.
51 Mine eye affecteth my soul, because of all the daughters of my city.
52 They have chased me sore like a bird, that are mine enemies without cause.
53 They have cut off my life in the dungeon, and have cast a stone upon me.
54 Waters flowed over mine head; I said, I am cut off.
55 ∂ I called upon thy name, O LORD, out of the lowest dungeon.
56 Thou heardest my voice; hide not thine ear at my breathing, at my cry.
57 Thou drewest near in the day that I called upon thee: thou saidst, Fear not.
58 O Lord, thou hast pleaded the causes of my soul; thou hast redeemed my life.
59 O LORD, thou hast seen my wrong; judge thou my cause.
60 Thou hast seen all their vengeance and all their devices against me.
61 Thou hast heard their reproach, O LORD, and all their devices against me;
62 The lips of those that rose up against me, and their imagination against me
all the day.
63 Behold thou their sitting down, and their rising up; I am their song.
64 Thou wilt render unto them a recompence, O LORD, according to the work of
65 Thou wilt give them hardness of heart, thy curse unto them.
66 Thou wilt pursue them in anger, and destroy them from under the heavens of
1 ∂ How is the gold become dim! [how] is the most pure gold changed! the stones
of the sanctuary are poured out at the top of every street.
2 The precious sons of Zion, comparable to fine gold, how are they esteemed as
earthen pitchers, the work of the hands of the potter!
3 Even the jackals draw out the breast, they give suck to their young ones: the
daughter of my people is become cruel, like the ostriches in the wilderness.
4 The tongue of the sucking child cleaveth to the roof of his mouth for thirst:
the young children ask bread, and no man breaketh it unto them.
5 They that did feed delicately are desolate in the streets: they that were
brought up in scarlet embrace dungĖhills.
6 For the iniquity of the daughter of my people is greater than the sin of
Sodom, that was overthrown as in a moment, and no hands were laid upon her.
7 Her nobles were purer than snow, they were whiter than milk, they were more
ruddy in body than rubies, their polishing was as of sapphire:
8 Their visage is blacker than a coal; they are not known in the streets: their
skin cleaveth to their bones; it is withered, it is become like a stick.
9 They that be slain with the sword are better than they that be slain with
hunger; for these pine away, stricken through, for want of the fruits of the
10 The hands of the pitiful women have sodden their own children; they were
their meat in the destruction of the daughter of my people.
11 The LORD hath accomplished his fury, he hath poured out his fierce anger; and
he hath kindled a fire in Zion, which hath devoured the foundations thereof.
12 The kings of the earth believed not, neither all the inhabitants of the
world, that the adversary and the enemy should enter into the gates of
13 ∂ [It is] because of the sins of her prophets, [and] the iniquities of her
priests, that have shed the blood of the just in the midst of her.
14 They wander as blind men in the streets, that are polluted with blood, so
that men cannot touch their garments.
15 Depart ye, they cried unto them, Unclean! depart, depart, touch not: when
they fled away and wandered, men said among the nations, They shall no more
16 The anger of the LORD hath divided them; he will no more regard them: they
respected not the persons of the priests, they favoured not the elders.
17 Our eyes do yet fail [in looking] for our vain help; in our watching we have
watched for a nation that could not save.
18 They hunt our steps, that we cannot go in our streets: our end is near, our
days are fulfilled; for our end is come.
19 Our pursuers were swifter than the eagles of the heaven: they chased us upon
the mountains, they laid wait for us in the wilderness.
20 The breath of our nostrils, the anointed of the LORD, was taken in their
pits; of whom we said, Under his shadow we shall live among the nations.
21 ∂ Rejoice and be glad, O daughter of Edom, that dwellest in the land of Uz:
the cup shall pass through unto thee also; thou shalt be drunken, and shalt make
22 The punishment of thine iniquity is accomplished, O daughter of Zion; he will
no more carry thee away into captivity: he will visit thine iniquity, O daughter
of Edom; he will discover thy sins.
1 ∂ Remember, O what is LORD, come upon us: behold, and see our reproach.
2 Our inheritance is turned unto strangers, our houses unto aliens.
3 We are orphans and fatherless, our mothers are as widows.
4 We have drunken our water for money; our wood is sold unto us.
5 Our pursuers are upon our necks: we are weary, and have no rest.
6 We have given the hand to the Egyptians, and to the Assyrians, to be satisfied
7 Our fathers have sinned, and are not; and we have borne their iniquities.
8 Servants rule over us: there is none to deliver us out of their hand.
9 We get our bread with the peril of our lives because of the sword of the
10 Our skin is black like an oven because of the burning heat of famine.
11 They ravished the women in Zion, the maidens in the cities of Judah.
12 Princes were hanged up by their hand: the faces of elders were not honoured.
13 The young men bare the mill, and the children stumbled under the wood.
14 The elders have ceased from the gate, the young men from their music.
15 The joy of our heart is ceased; our dance is turned into mourning.
16 The crown is fallen from our head: woe unto us! for we have sinned.
17 ∂ For this our heart is faint; for these things our eyes are dim;
18 For the mountain of Zion, which is desolate; the foxes walk upon it.
19 Thou, O LORD, abidest for ever; thy throne is from generation to generation.
20 Wherefore dost thou forget us for ever, [and] forsake us so long time?
21 Turn thou us unto thee, O LORD, and we shall be turned; renew our days as of
22 But thou hast utterly rejected us, thou art very wroth against us.