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Lamentations 1 :: Legacy Standard Bible (LSB)

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Zion Lays Desolate

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 1:1 -


How lonely sits the city

That was great with people!

She has become like a widow

Who was once great among the nations!

She who was a princess among the [fn]provinces

Has become a forced laborer!

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 1:2 -


She weeps bitterly in the night,

And her tears are on her cheeks;

She has none to comfort her

Among all her lovers.

All her friends have dealt treacherously with her;

They have become her enemies.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 1:3 -


Judah has gone into exile because of affliction

And because of great slavery;

She sits among the nations,

But she has found no rest;

All her pursuers have overtaken her

In the midst of [fn]distress.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 1:4 -


The roads [fn]of Zion are in mourning

Because no one comes to the appointed times.

All her gates are desolate;

Her priests are sighing,

Her virgins are grieving,

And she herself [fn]is bitter.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 1:5 -


Her adversaries have become [fn]her masters;

Her enemies are complacent;

For [fn]Yahweh has caused her grief

Because of the greatness of her transgressions;

Her infants have gone away

As captives before the adversary.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 1:6 -


So all her majesty

Has gone out from the daughter of Zion;

Her princes have become like deer

That have found no pasture;

So they have [fn]fled without strength

Before the pursuer.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 1:7 -


In the days of her affliction and homelessness

Jerusalem remembers all her precious things

That were from the days of old,

When her people fell into the hand of the adversary

And no one helped her.

The adversaries saw her;

They laughed at her [fn]ruin.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 1:8 -


Jerusalem sinned greatly;

Therefore she has become an impure thing.

All who honored her despise her

Because they have seen her nakedness;

Even she herself sighs and turns away.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 1:9 -


Her uncleanness was in her skirts;

She did not remember her future.

Therefore she has gone down astonishingly;

She has no comforter.

“See, O Yahweh, my affliction,

For the enemy has magnified himself!”

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 1:10 -


The adversary has stretched out his hand

Over all her desirable things,

For she has seen the nations enter her sanctuary,

The ones whom You commanded

That they should not enter into Your assembly.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 1:11 -


All her people are sighing, seeking bread;

They have given their desirable things for food

To restore their souls.

“See, O Yahweh, and look,

For I am despised.”

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 1:12 -


“Is it nothing to all you who pass this way?

Look and see if there is any [fn]pain like my [fn]pain

Which was dealt severely to me,

Which Yahweh grieved me with on the day of His burning anger.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 1:13 -


“From on high He sent fire into my bones,

And it dominated them.

He has spread a net for my feet;

He has turned me back;

He has made me desolate,

[fn]Faint all day long.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 1:14 -


“The yoke of my transgressions is bound;

By His hand they are knit together.

They have come upon my neck;

He has made my strength stumble.

The Lord has given me into the hands

Of those against whom I am not able to stand.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 1:15 -


“The Lord has rejected all my mighty men

In my midst;

He has called an appointed time against me

To break my young men;

The Lord has trodden as in a wine press

The virgin daughter of Judah.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 1:16 -


“For these things I am weeping;

[fn]My eyes run down with water;

Because far from me is a comforter,

One who restores my soul.

My children are desolate

Because the enemy has prevailed.”

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 1:17 -


Zion stretches out her hands;

There is no one to comfort her;

Yahweh has commanded concerning Jacob

That the ones round about him should be his adversaries;

Jerusalem has become an impure thing among them.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 1:18 -


“Yahweh is righteous;

For I have rebelled against His [fn]command;

Hear now, all peoples,

And behold my [fn]pain;

My virgins and my young men

Have gone into captivity.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 1:19 -


“I called to my lovers, but they deceived me;

My priests and my elders breathed their last in the city

While they sought food for themselves in order to restore their souls.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 1:20 -


“See, O Yahweh, for I am in distress;

My [fn]inmost being is greatly disturbed;

My heart is overturned within me,

For I have been very rebellious.

In the street the sword bereaves;

In the house it is like death.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 1:21 -


“They have heard that I am sighing;

There is no one to comfort me;

All my enemies have heard of the [fn]evil done to me;

They rejoice that You have done it.

You have brought the day which You have proclaimed,

So that they will become like me.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 1:22 -


“Let all their evil come before You;

And deal severely with them as You have dealt severely with me

For all my transgressions;

For my groans are great and my heart is faint.”

LSB Footnotes
Or districts
Or narrow places
Or to
Or suffers bitterly
Lit head
The personal covenant name of God, a form of I AM WHO I AM, cf. Ex 3:14-15
Lit gone
Lit cessation
Or sorrow
Or sorrow
Or Sick
Lit My eye, my eye
Lit mouth
Or sorrow
Lit inward parts are in ferment
Or calamity

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