The Sorrows of Zion
1 How lonely R1 sits the city
That was full R2 of people!
She has become like a widow R3
Who was once great R4 among the nations!
She who was a princess among the provinces F1
Has become a forced R5 laborer!
2 She weeps R6 bitterly in the night
And her tears are on her cheeks;
She has none to comfort her
Among all her lovers. R7
All her friends have dealt R8 treacherously with her;
They have become her enemies.
3 Judah R9 has gone into exile under F2 affliction
And under F2 harsh F3 servitude;
She dwells among R10 the nations,
But she has found no rest;
All her R11 pursuers have overtaken her
In the midst of distress. F4
4 The roads of F5 Zion are in mourning
Because no R12 one comes to the appointed feasts.
All her gates are desolate; R13
Her priests are groaning,
Her virgins R14 are afflicted,
And she herself is F6 bitter. R15
5 Her adversaries have become her F7 masters,
Her enemies prosper; F8
For the LORD has caused R16 her grief
Because of the multitude of her transgressions;
Her little ones have gone away
As captives before the adversary.
6 All her majesty R17
Has departed from the daughter of Zion;
Her princes have become like deer
That have found no pasture;
And they have fled R18 F9 without strength
Before the pursuer.
7 In the days of her affliction and homelessness
Jerusalem R19 remembers all her precious things
That were from the days of old,
When her people fell into the hand of the adversary
And no R20 one helped her.
The adversaries saw her,
They mocked R21 at her ruin. F10
8 Jerusalem sinned greatly, R22
Therefore she R23 has become an unclean thing.
All who honored her despise her
Because they have seen her nakedness;
Even she R24 herself groans and turns away.
9 Her uncleanness R25 was in her skirts;
She did F11 not consider her future. R26
Therefore she has fallen R27 F12 astonishingly;
She R28 has no comforter.
"See, R29 O LORD, my affliction,
For the enemy has magnified R30 himself!"
10 The adversary has stretched out his hand
Over all her precious things,
For she has seen the nations R31 enter her sanctuary,
The ones whom You commanded
That they should not R32 enter into Your congregation.
11 All her people groan seeking R33 bread;
They have given their precious things for food
To restore R34 their lives F13 themselves.
"See, O LORD, and look,
For I am despised." R35
12 "Is it R36 nothing to all you who pass this way?
Look and see if there is any pain F14 like my pain F14
Which was severely dealt out to me,
Which the LORD R37 inflicted on the day of His fierce R38 anger.
13 "From on high He sent fire into my bones, R39
And it prevailed F15 over them.
He has spread a net R40 for my feet;
He has turned me back;
He has made me desolate, R41
Faint F16 all day long.
14 "The yoke R42 of my transgressions is bound;
By His hand they are knit together.
They have come R43 upon my neck;
He has made my strength fail. F17
The Lord has R44 given me into the hands
Of those against whom I am not able to stand.
15 "The Lord R45 has rejected all my strong men
In my midst;
He has called an appointed time F18 against me
To crush my young R46 men;
The Lord has trodden R47 as in a wine press
The virgin daughter of Judah.
16 "For these things I weep; R48
My F19 eyes run down with water;
Because far from me is a comforter, R49
One who restores my soul.
My children are desolate
Because the enemy has prevailed."
17 Zion stretches R50 out her hands;
There is no one to comfort her;
The LORD has commanded R51 concerning Jacob
That the ones round about him should be his adversaries;
Jerusalem R52 has become an unclean thing among them.
18 "The LORD is righteous; R53
For I have rebelled R54 against His command; F20
Hear now, all peoples,
And behold R55 my pain; F21
My R56 virgins and my young men
Have gone into captivity.
19 "I called R57 to my lovers, but they deceived me;
My priests R58 and my elders perished in the city
While they sought food to restore R59 their F22 strength themselves.
20 "See, O LORD, for I am in distress;
My spirit R60 F23 is greatly troubled;
My heart is overturned within me,
For I have been very rebellious. R61
In the street the sword slays; F24
In the house it is like death.
21 "They have heard that I groan; R62
There is no one to comfort me;
All my enemies have heard of my calamity; F25
They are glad R63 that You have done it.
Oh, that You would bring the day which You have proclaimed,
That they may become like R64 me.
22 "Let all their wickedness come before You;
And deal R65 with them as You have dealt with me
For all my transgressions;
For my groans are many and my heart is faint."
F1: Or districts
F2: Or by reason of
F2: Or by reason of
F3: Lit great
F4: Or narrow places
F5: Or to
F6: Or suffers bitterly
F7: Lit head
F8: Or are at ease
F9: Lit gone
F10: Lit cessation
F11: Lit did not remember her latter end
F12: Lit come down
F13: Lit soul
F14: Or sorrow
F14: Or sorrow
F15: Or descended, overthrew
F16: Or Sick
F17: Lit stumble
F18: Or feast
F19: Lit My eye, my eye
F20: Lit mouth
F21: Or sorrow
F22: Lit their soul
F23: Lit inward parts are in ferment
F24: Lit bereaves
F25: Lit evil
R1: Isaiah 3:26
R2: Isaiah 22:2
R3: Isaiah 54:4
R4: 1 Kings 4:21; Ezra 4:20; Jeremiah 31:7
R5: 2 Kings 23:35; Jeremiah 40:9
R6: Psalms 6:6; 77:2-6; Lamentations 1:16
R7: Jeremiah 2:25; 3:1; 22:20-22
R8: Job 1:19:13,14; Psalms 31:11; Micah 7:5
R9: Jeremiah 13:19
R10: Leviticus 26:39; Deuteronomy 28:64-67
R11: 2 Kings 25:4,5
R12: Isaiah 24:4-6; Lamentations 2:6,7
R13: Jeremiah 9:11; 10:22
R14: Lamentations 2:10,21
R15: Joel 1:8-13
R16: Psalms 90:7,8; Ezekiel 8:17,18; 9:9,10
R17: Jeremiah 13:18
R18: 2 Kings 25:4,5
R19: Psalms 42:4; 77:5-9
R20: Jeremiah 37:7; Lamentations 4:17
R21: Psalms 79:4; Jeremiah 48:27
R22: Isaiah 59:2-13; Lamentations 1:5,20
R23: Lamentations 1:17
R24: Lamentations 1:11,21,22
R25: Jeremiah 2:34; Ezekiel 24:13
R26: Deuteronomy 32:29; Isaiah 47:7
R27: Isaiah 3:8; Jeremiah 13:17,18
R28: Ecclesiastes 4:1; Jeremiah 16:7
R29: Psalms 25:18; 119:153
R30: Psalms 74:23; Zephaniah 2:10
R31: Psalms 74:4-8; Isaiah 64:10,11; Jeremiah 51:51
R32: Deuteronomy 23:3
R33: Jeremiah 38:9; 52:6
R34: 1 Samuel 30:12
R35: Jeremiah 15:19
R36: Jeremiah 18:16; 48:27
R37: Jeremiah 30:23,24
R38: Isaiah 13:13; Jeremiah 4:8
R39: Job 1:30:30; Psalms 22:14; Habakkuk 3:16
R40: Job 1:19:6; Psalms 66:11
R41: Jeremiah 44:6
R42: Proverbs 5:22; Isaiah 47:6
R43: Jeremiah 28:13,14
R44: Jeremiah 32:3,5; Ezekiel 25:4,7
R45: Isaiah 41:2; Jeremiah 13:24; 37:10
R46: Jeremiah 6:11; 18:21
R47: Malachi 4:3
R48: Jeremiah 14:17; Lamentations 2:11,18; 3:48,49
R49: Psalms 69:20; Ecclesiastes 4:1; Lamentations 1:2
R50: Isaiah 1:15; Jeremiah 4:31
R51: 2 Kings 24:2-4; Jeremiah 12:9
R52: Lamentations 1:8
R53: Psalms 119:75; Jeremiah 12:1
R54: 1 Samuel 12:14,15; Jeremiah 4:17
R55: Lamentations 1:12
R56: Deuteronomy 28:32,41
R57: Job 1:19:13-19; Lamentations 1:2
R58: Jeremiah 14:15; Lamentations 2:20
R59: Lamentations 1:11
R60: Isaiah 16:11; Lamentations 2:11
R61: Jeremiah 14:20
R62: Lamentations 1:4,8,22
R63: Psalms 35:15; Jeremiah 50:11; Lamentations 2:15
R64: Isaiah 14:5,6; 47:6,11; Jeremiah 30:16
R65: Nehemiah 4:4,5; Psalms 137:7,8