1 How deserted she sits, the city once thronged with people! Once the greatest of nations, she is now like a widow. Once the princess of states, she is now put to forced labour.
1Kgs 4:21 Ezra 4:20 Isa 3:26 2Kgs 23:35 Isa 22:2 Isa 54:4 Lam 5:16
2 All night long she is weeping, tears running down her cheeks. Not one of all her lovers remains to comfort her. Her friends have all betrayed her and become her enemies.
Ps 6:6 Mic 7:5 Ezek 23:22-25 Jer 4:30 Jer 9:1 Jer 13:17 Jer 22:20-22
3 Judah has gone into exile after much pain and toil. Living among the nations she finds no respite; her persecutors all overtake her where there is no way out.
Deut 28:64-67 Lam 2:9 2Chr 36:20-21 2Kgs 24:14-15 2Kgs 25:11 2Kgs 25:21 Amos 9:1-4
4 The roads to Zion are in mourning; no one comes to her festivals now. Her gateways are all deserted; her priests groan; her young girls are grief-stricken; she suffers bitterly.
Jer 9:11 Joel 1:8-13 Isa 24:4-6 Jer 10:22 Jer 14:2 Lam 2:6-7 Isa 32:9-14
5 Her foes now have the upper hand, her enemies prosper, for Yahweh has made her suffer for her many, many crimes; her children have gone away into captivity driven in front of the oppressor.
Ezek 8:17-18 Ezek 9:9 Jer 30:14-15 Jer 39:9 Ps 90:7-8 2Chr 36:14-16 Dan 9:7-16
6 And from the daughter of Zion all her splendour has departed. Her princes were like stags which could find no pasture, exhausted, as they flee before the hunter.
Ezek 24:25 2Kgs 19:21 2Sam 4:11-12 Deut 28:25 Deut 32:30 Ezek 7:20-22 Ezek 11:22-23
7 Jerusalem remembers her days of misery and distress; when her people fell into the enemy's clutches there was no one to help her. Her enemies looked on and laughed at her downfall.
Ps 42:4 Ps 77:5-9 Ps 79:4 Deut 4:7-8 Deut 4:34-37 Deut 8:7-9 Hos 2:7
8 Jerusalem has sinned so gravely that she has become a thing unclean. All who used to honour her despise her, having seen her nakedness; she herself groans aloud and turns her face away.
Isa 59:2-13 Lam 1:20-22 Jer 13:22 Jer 13:26 Lam 1:4-5 Lam 1:11 1Kgs 8:46-47
9 Her filth befouls her skirts -- she never thought to end like this, and hence her astonishing fall with no one to comfort her. Yahweh, look at my misery, for the enemy is triumphant!
Isa 47:7 Deut 32:29 Eccl 4:1 Ps 25:18 Lam 1:17 Isa 3:8 2Thess 2:4-8
10 The enemy stretched out his hand for everything she treasured; she saw the heathen enter her sanctuary, whom you had forbidden to enter your Assembly.
Deut 23:3 Jer 51:51 Isa 64:10-11 Lam 1:7 Neh 13:1 Ps 74:4-8 Ezek 7:22
11 All her people are groaning, looking for something to eat; they have bartered their treasures for food, to keep themselves alive. Look, Yahweh, and consider how despised I am!
Jer 52:6 Jer 38:9 Lam 2:12 1Sam 30:11-12 2Kgs 6:25 Deut 28:52-57 Ezek 4:15-17
12 All you who pass this way, look and see: is any sorrow like the sorrow inflicted on me, with which Yahweh struck me on the day of his burning anger?
Dan 9:12 Luke 23:28-31 Isa 13:13 Jer 18:16 Jer 30:24 Lam 2:13 Lam 4:6-11
13 He sent fire from on high deep into my bones; he stretched a net for my feet, he pulled me back; he left me shattered, sick all day long.
Hab 3:16 Job 30:30 Ezek 17:20 Job 19:6 Ps 22:14 Ezek 12:13 Heb 12:29
14 He has watched out for my offences, with his hand he enmeshes me, his yoke is on my neck, he has deprived me of strength. The Lord has put me into clutches which I am helpless to resist.
Deut 28:48 Isa 47:6 Ezek 25:4 Ezek 25:7 Jer 28:14 Prov 5:22 Ezek 11:9
15 The Lord has rejected all my warriors within my walls, he has summoned a host against me to crush my young men; in the winepress the Lord trampled the young daughter of Judah.
Isa 28:18 Isa 63:3 Mal 4:3 2Kgs 9:33 2Kgs 24:14-16 2Kgs 25:4-7 Dan 3:13
16 And that is why I weep; my eyes stream with water, since a comforter who could revive me is far away. My children are shattered, for the enemy has proved too strong.
Lam 1:2 Jer 13:17 Jer 14:17 Lam 2:11 Lam 2:18 Lam 3:48-49 Eccl 4:1
17 Zion stretches out her hands, with no one to comfort her. Yahweh has commanded Jacob's enemies to surround him; they treat Jerusalem as though she were unclean.
Jer 4:31 Isa 1:15 Lam 1:9 2Kgs 24:2-4 2Kgs 25:1 Lam 1:16 1Kgs 8:22
18 Yahweh is in the right, for I rebelled against his command. Listen, all you peoples, and see my sorrow. My young girls and my young men have gone into captivity. Qophp
1Sam 12:14-15 Jer 12:1 Lam 1:12 Ps 119:75 1Kgs 9:8-9 1Kgs 13:21 1Sam 15:23
19 I called to my lovers; they failed me. My priests and my elders expired in the city, as they searched for food to keep themselves alive.
Lam 1:2 Lam 1:11 Lam 2:20 Job 19:13-19 Jer 2:28 Jer 14:15-18 Jer 23:11-15
20 Look, Yahweh. I am in distress! My inmost being is in ferment; my heart turns over inside me -- how rebellious I have been! Outside, the sword bereaves; inside it is like death.
Lam 2:11 Deut 32:25 Ezek 7:15 Isa 16:11 Jer 4:19 Job 30:27 1Kgs 8:47-50
21 Listen, for I am groaning, with no one to comfort me. All my enemies have heard of my disaster, they are glad about what you have done. Bring the Day you once foretold, so that they may be like me!
Lam 1:8 Jer 50:11 Lam 1:16 Lam 1:22 Lam 2:15 Lam 1:2 Lam 1:4
22 Let all their wickedness come before you, and treat them as you have treated me for all my crimes; numberless are my groans, and I am sick at heart.
Jer 8:18 Neh 4:4-5 Ps 109:14-15 Eph 3:13 Isa 13:7 Jer 10:25 Jer 18:23