Lamentations 5

5 Remember, Lord, what has happened to us;     look, and see our disgrace. 2 Our inheritance has been turned over to strangers,     our homes to foreigners. 3 We have become fatherless,     our mothers are widows. 4 We must buy the water we drink;     our wood can be had only at a price. 5 Those who pursue us are at our heels;     we are […]

Lamentations 4

4 [a]How the gold has lost its luster,     the fine gold become dull! The sacred gems are scattered     at every street corner. 2 How the precious children of Zion,     once worth their weight in gold, are now considered as pots of clay,     the work of a potter’s hands! 3 Even jackals offer their breasts     to nurse their young, […]

Lamentations 3

3 [a]I am the man who has seen affliction     by the rod of the Lord’s wrath. 2 He has driven me away and made me walk     in darkness rather than light; 3 indeed, he has turned his hand against me     again and again, all day long. 4 He has made my skin and my flesh grow old     and has broken my […]

Lamentations 2

2 [a]How the Lord has covered Daughter Zion     with the cloud of his anger[b]! He has hurled down the splendor of Israel     from heaven to earth; he has not remembered his footstool     in the day of his anger. 2 Without pity the Lord has swallowed up     all the dwellings of Jacob; in his wrath he has torn down     the […]

Lamentations 1

1 How deserted lies the city,     once so full of people! How like a widow is she,     who once was great among the nations! She who was queen among the provinces     has now become a slave. 2 Bitterly she weeps at night,     tears are on her cheeks. Among all her lovers     there is no one to comfort her. All her […]