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HOW doth she sit solitary, the city that was

full of people!
She is become as a widow, that was great among

the nations!
She that was sovereign over provinces is become

She weepeth sore in the night, and her tears

are upon her cheeks;
She hath no comforter from among all her lovers;
All her associates have dealt perfidiously by her,

they are become her enemies.
Judah is gone into exile because of affliction,

and because of great servitude,
She hath dwelt among the nations, she hath found

no rest;
All her pursuers have overtaken her in the straits.
The ways of Sion do mourn, because none

come to the solemn feast;
All her gates are desolate ; her priests sigh;
Her virgins are afflicted, and she herself is in


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5. Her adversaries are become the head, her 'ene

mies have prospered, Because JEHOVAH hath afflicted her for the mul

titude of her transgressions; Her children are gone into captivity before an !

adversary 6 And from the daughter of Sion all her beauty

is departed; Her princes are become like harts that find no

pasture; And they are gone away without strength before

a pursuer: 7 Jerusalem hath called to mind in the days of

her affliction, and of her abasement, All her desirable things which were in the days

of old; When her people fell into the hand of an enemy,

and she had no helper, The adversaries saw, they laughed at her discon

tinuance, Jerusalem hath sinned greatly; therefore hath

she been as one set apart for unclean; All that honoured her have despised her, because

they have seen her nakedness; Even she herself sigheth, and turneth backward. 2 [Though] her uncleanness was in her skirts, she

thought not of its latter end; Therefore is she wonderfully brought low; she

hath no comforter ; Behold, O JEHOVAH, how an enemy hath aggra

vated mine affliction. 10

An adversary hath spread his hand over all her

desirable things;

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Surely she hath seen nations enter into her sance

tuary, Concerning whom thou didst command, that

they should not enter into thy congregation. All her people sigh; they seek bread; They have given their things of value for food

to sustain life;
Behold, O JEHOVAH, and consider, how I am be-

come vile!
O that among you,


that pass by the way,
ye would look and see,
If there be a sorrow like unto my sorrow, which

hath been caused to me, Whom JEHOVAH hath afflicted in the day of his

fierce anger! From on high hath he sent fire, and hath caused

it to penetrate into my bones; He hath spread a net for my feet; he hath turn.

ed me back; He hath made me desolate, languishing all the

day long My transgressions liave been closely watched,

that into his hand they might entangle them

selves; His yoke upon my neck hath caused my strength

to stumble; JEHOVAH hath cast mo upon my hands, I am unable to rise up

. JEHOVAH hath trodden down' all my valiant

ones in the midst of me; He hath called an assembly against me, to crush

my young men; JEHOVAH hath trodden the wine-vat in the virgin

daughter of Judah,


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16 For these things do I weep, mine eye poureth

down water, Because a comforter is far from me, a supporter

of my life; My children are become desolate, because an ene

my hath prevailed. 17 Sion spreadeth forth her hands, she hath no

comforter ; Jehovah hath commanded concerning Jacob,

those that are round about him are his ene

mies; Jerusalem is become as one set apart for unclean

. 18 Righteous is he, JEHOVAH, for I have rebelled

against his commandment: Hear, I pray you, all ye peoples, and consider my

sorrow; sy virgins and my young men are gone into cap

tivity. 19 I called upon my lovers, they have proved false

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My priests and mine elders in the city have given

up the ghost, While they sought food for themselves to support

their life.



Behold, O JEHOVA11, how I am distressed; my

bowels are troubled ; My heart within me is turned upside down; be

cause I have greatly rebelled, Abroad a sword destroyetli

, at home as it were death. They heard how I sighed, there was none that

comforted me';

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All mine enemies heard of my calamity, they re

joiced that thou hadst wrought it; Thou hast brought the day, thou hast pronounced,

that they shall be even as I. Let all their wickedness come before thee; and

deal thou with them, As thou hast dealt with me for all my transgres

sions : For my sighings are many, and my heart is faint.



anger the

HOW doth JEHOVAH cloud with his

daughter of Sion ! He hath cast down from heaven to earth the glory

of Israel ; And hath not remembered his footstool in the day

of his anger. Jehovah hath swallowed up without pity all

the pleasant places of Jacob; He hath thrown down in his wrath the strong

holds of the daughter of Judah; He hath brought down to the ground, he hath pro

faned the kingdom and its princes.
He hath cut off in his fierce anger every horn of

Israel ;
He hath turned back his right hand from the face

of the enemy;
And hath burned in Jacob like a flaming fire,

which devoureth round about. He hath bent his bow like an enemy, his right

hand stood erect like an adversary, And hath slain every youth, all that were desirable

to the eye;


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