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In the tent of the daughter of Sion hath he pou

red out his fury like fire. 5 JEHOVAH hath been as an enemy; he hath swal

lowed up Israel; He hath swallowed up all his palaces, he hath destroyed his strong

holds : And hath multiplied in the daughter of Judah

mourning and lamentation. 6 He hath also done violence to the garden of

his own hedging; he hath destroyed his con

gregation; JEHovah hath forgotten in Sion the solemn feast

and the sabbath; And hath treated with scorn in the indignation

of his anger the king and the priest. 7 JEHOVAH hath rejected his altar, his sanctuary

is accursed; He hath delivered up into the hand of the enemy

the walls of its palaces;
They have lifted up the voice in the house of

JEHOVAH, as on a solemn feast day.
JEHOVAH liath purposed to destroy the wall of

the daughter of Sion;
He hath stretched out a line, he hath not with-

drawn his hand from demolishing; But he hath made the rampart and wall to mourn,

they languished together. 9 Her gates are sunk into the earth; he hath

destroyed and broken her bars; Her king and her princes are among the heathen;

there is no law; ller prophets also have found no vision from JE

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The elders of the daughter of Sion sit upon

the ground, they keep silence; They have put dust upon their heads, they have

girded on sackcloth; The virgins of Jerusalem hung down their heads

to the ground. Mine eyes are wasted in tears, my bowels are

troubled; My liver is poured out upon the ground because

of the breach of the daughter of my people, While the young child and the suckling are over

whelmed in the broad places of the city. To their mothers they say, Where is corn and

wine? While they swoon as one wounded in the broad

places of the city, While their soul glideth away in their mother's




What shall I urge to thee? what shall I liken

unto thee, () daughter of Jerusalem ? Wherewith shall I compare thee, so as to comfort

thee, O virgin daughter of Sion? Surely thy breach is wide like the sea; who can

heal thee? Thy prophets have prophesied to thee that

wbich is vain and absurd; For they have not laid open to thee thine iniqui

ty, to bring back thy captivity, But they have prophesied to thee burthens of

vanity, even after they were cast out. All that passed by the way have smitter their

hands together at thee,





They hissed and shook their head at the daugh

ter of Jerusalem, [saying,]
Is this the city that they call Perfect in beauty,

The delight of the whole earth ?
All thine enemies have opened their mouths a-

gainst thee;
They hissed and gnashed the teeth ; they said,

We have swallowed her up;
Surely this is the day which we looked for, we

have found, we have seen [it].
JEHOVAH hath accomplished that which he ha

devised, he hath fulfilled his word; What he constituted in days of old, he hath de

stroyed, and not spared ; But he hath caused an enemy to rejoice over thee,

he hath exalted the horn of thine adversaries. Their heart cried out, Before JEHOVAH with

fervency, O daughter of Sion, Let tears run down like a torrent day and night; Give thyself no rest, let not the daughter of thine

eye stand still. Arise, cry aloud in the night, at the beginning

of the watches;
Pour out thine heart like water before the face of

Lift up thy hands unto him for the life of thy

young children,
That faint for hunger at the head of all the streets,

[saying] Behold, O JEHOVANI, aud consider with whom

thou hast dealt thus. Shall women devour the fruit of the womb, lit

tle ones dandled on the hands?



Shall the priest and the prophet be slain in the

sanctuary of JEHOVAH?


The boy and the old man have lien on the

ground in the streets ; My virgins and my young men are fallen, with

the sword hast thou slain [them]; In the day of thine anger thou hast killed, thou

hasť shewed no mercy. Thou hast convoked, as on a set day, such as

were strangers to me round about, So that there was not in the day of JEHOVAH'S

anger one that escaped and was left; Those whom I had fostered and made to grow

were all of them mine eneinies.


I am the man that hath seen affliction by the

rod of his wrath; 2 Me hath he led, and caused to go in darkness,

and not light; 3 Against me only hatli he sitten, and turned again

his hand all the day long, 4 He hath brought to decay my flesh and my

skin, he hath broken my bones ; 5 He hath built upon me, and encompassed my

head, so that it is weary ; 6 In the midst of darkness hath he caused me to

dwell, as those that have been dead of long

time. ny He hath hedged me round about, that I cannot get forth; he hath made


chain heavy;

8 Yea, when I cry and call aloud, he hath obstruc

ted my prayer ; 9 He hath blocked up my way with hewn stone;

my paths hath he distorted. 10 A bear lying in wait hath he been to me, a li

on in lurking places : 11 He hath turned full upon me, and hath torn me;

he hath made me desolate; 12 Ile hath bent his bow, and set me up as it were

a butt for the arrow.

13 He hath caused the issue of his quiver to enter

into my reins; 14 I have been a laughing stock to all my people,

their music all the day long; 15 He hath given me my fill of bitters, he hath made

me drunk with wormwood.

16 He hath also broken my teeth with grit, he hath

laid me low in ashes; 17 And my soul was removed far from peace, I forgat

prosperity; 18 Then I said, JEHOVAH hath caused my strength and

my hope to fail.

19 The remembrance of mine affliction and mine

abasement is wormwood and gall; 20 My soul cannot but remember, and sinketh with

in me.

21 This I revolve in my heart, therefore will I have

hope; 92 The mercies of JEHOVAH, that they are not ex.

hausted, that they fail not;

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