1Jerusalem, once so full of people, is now deserted. She who was once great among the nations now sits alone like a widow. Once the queen of all the earth, she is now a slave.H5892H3427H910H7227H5971H490H7227H1471H8282H4082H4522 2She sobs through the night; tears stream down her cheeks. Among all her lovers, there is no one left to comfort her. All her friends have betrayed her and become her enemies.H1058H1058H3915H1832H3895H157H5162H7453H898H341 3Judah has been led away into captivity, oppressed with cruel slavery. She lives among foreign nations and has no place of rest. Her enemies have chased her down, and she has nowhere to turn.H3063H1540H6040H7230H5656H3427H1471H4672H4494H7291H5381H4712 4The roads to Jerusalem are in mourning, for crowds no longer come to celebrate the festivals. The city gates are silent, her priests groan, her young women are crying—how bitter is her fate!H1870H6726H57H935H4150H8179H8074H3548H584H1330H3013H4843 5Her oppressors have become her masters, and her enemies prosper, for the Lord has punished Jerusalem for her many sins. Her children have been captured and taken away to distant lands.H6862H7218H341H7951H3068H3013H7230H6588H5768H1980H7628H6440H6862 6All the majesty of beautiful Jerusalem has been stripped away. Her princes are like starving deer searching for pasture. They are too weak to run from the pursuing enemy.H1323H6726H1926H3318H8269H354H4672H4829H3212H3581H6440H7291 7In the midst of her sadness and wandering, Jerusalem remembers her ancient splendor. But now she has fallen to her enemy, and there is no one to help her. Her enemy struck her down and laughed as she fell.H3389H2142H3117H6040H4788H4262H3117H6924H5971H5307H3027H6862H5826H6862H7200H7832H4868 8Jerusalem has sinned greatly, so she has been tossed away like a filthy rag. All who once honored her now despise her, for they have seen her stripped naked and humiliated. All she can do is groan and hide her face.H3389H2399H2398H5206H3513H2107H7200H6172H584H7725H268 9She defiled herself with immorality and gave no thought to her future. Now she lies in the gutter with no one to lift her out. “Lord, see my misery,” she cries. “The enemy has triumphed.”H2932H7757H2142H319H3381H6382H5162H3068H7200H6040H341H1431 10The enemy has plundered her completely, taking every precious thing she owns. She has seen foreigners violate her sacred Temple, the place the Lord had forbidden them to enter.H6862H6566H3027H4261H7200H1471H935H4720H6680H935H6951 11Her people groan as they search for bread. They have sold their treasures for food to stay alive. “O Lord, look,” she mourns, “and see how I am despised.H5971H584H1245H3899H5414H4261H4262H400H7725H5315H7200H3068H5027H2151 12“Does it mean nothing to you, all you who pass by? Look around and see if there is any suffering like mine, which the Lord brought on me when he erupted in fierce anger.H5674H1870H5027H7200H3426H4341H4341H5953H3068H3013H3117H2740H639 13“He has sent fire from heaven that burns in my bones. He has placed a trap in my path and turned me back. He has left me devastated, racked with sickness all day long.H4791H7971H784H6106H7287H6566H7568H7272H7725H268H5414H8074H1739H3117 14“He wove my sins into ropes to hitch me to a yoke of captivity. The Lord sapped my strength and turned me over to my enemies; I am helpless in their hands.H5923H6588H8244H3027H8276H5927H6677H3581H3782H136H5414H3027H3201H6965 15“The Lord has treated my mighty men with contempt. At his command a great army has come to crush my young warriors. The Lord has trampled his beloved city like grapes are trampled in a winepress.H136H5541H47H7130H7121H4150H7665H970H136H1869H1330H1323H3063H1660 16“For all these things I weep; tears flow down my cheeks. No one is here to comfort me; any who might encourage me are far away. My children have no future, for the enemy has conquered us.”H1058H5869H5869H3381H4325H5162H7725H5315H7368H1121H8074H341H1396 17Jerusalem reaches out for help, but no one comforts her. Regarding his people Israel, the Lord has said, “Let their neighbors be their enemies! Let them be thrown away like a filthy rag!”H6726H6566H3027H5162H3068H6680H3290H6862H5439H3389H5079 18“The Lord is right,” Jerusalem says, “for I rebelled against him. Listen, people everywhere; look upon my anguish and despair, for my sons and daughters have been taken captive to distant lands.H3068H6662H4784H6310H8085H5971H7200H4341H1330H970H1980H7628 19“I begged my allies for help, but they betrayed me. My priests and leaders starved to death in the city, even as they searched for food to save their lives.H7121H157H7411H3548H2205H1478H5892H1245H400H7725H5315 20“Lord, see my anguish! My heart is broken and my soul despairs, for I have rebelled against you. In the streets the sword kills, and at home there is only death.H7200H3068H6887H4578H2560H3820H2015H7130H4784H4784H2351H2719H7921H1004H4194 21“Others heard my groans, but no one turned to comfort me. When my enemies heard about my troubles, they were happy to see what you had done. Oh, bring the day you promised, when they will suffer as I have suffered.H8085H584H5162H341H8085H7451H7797H6213H935H3117H7121H3644 22“Look at all their evil deeds, Lord. Punish them, as you have punished me for all my sins. My groans are many, and I am sick at heart.”H7451H935H6440H5953H5953H6588H585H7227H3820H1742
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