Lamentations 2

Lamentations Chapter 2

1Jeremiah lamenteth the misery of Jerusalem: 20he complaineth thereof to God.
1 How hath the Lord 1covered the daughter of Zion with a 2cloud in his anger, and 3cast down from heaven unto the earth the 4beauty of Israel, and remembered not his 5footstool in the day of his anger!
2 The Lord 1hath swallowed up all the habitations of Jacob, and hath 2not pitied: he hath thrown down in his wrath the strong holds of the daughter of Judah; he hath abrought them down to the ground: he 3hath polluted the kingdom and the princes thereof.
3 He hath cut off in his fierce anger 1all the horn of Israel: he 2hath drawn back his right hand from before the enemy, and he burned against Jacob like a flaming fire, which devoureth round about.
4 He hath 1bent his bow like an enemy: he stood with his right hand as an adversary, and slew aall that were pleasant to the eye in the tabernacle of the daughter of Zion: he 2poured out his fury like fire.
5 1The Lord was as an enemy: he hath 2swallowed up Israel, he hath swallowed up all her palaces: he hath destroyed his strong holds, and hath increased in the daughter of Judah mourning and lamentation.
6 And he hath violently 1taken away his atabernacle, as if it were of a garden: he hath destroyed 2his places of the assembly: the Lord 3hath caused the solemn feasts and 4sabbaths to be forgotten in Zion, and 5hath despised in the indignation of his anger 6the king and the priest.
7 The 1Lord hath cast off his altar, he hath 2abhorred his sanctuary, he hath agiven up into the hand of the enemy the walls of her palaces; 3they have made a noise in the house of the Lord, as in the day of a solemn feast.
8 The Lord 1hath purposed to destroy the wall of the daughter of Zion: he hath stretched out a 2line, he hath not withdrawn his hand from adestroying: therefore he made the rampart and the wall to lament; they 3languished together.
9 1Her gates are sunk into the ground; he hath destroyed and broken her bars: 2her king and her princes are among the Gentiles: 3the law is no more; her prophets also find no vision from the Lord.
10 The elders of the daughter of Zion 1sit upon the ground, and keep silence: they have 2cast up dust upon their heads; they have girded themselves with sackcloth: the virgins of Jerusalem hang down their heads to the ground.
11 1Mine eyes do fail with tears, my bowels are troubled, my 2liver is poured upon the earth, for the destruction of the daughter of my people; because the children and the sucklings aswoon in the streets of the city.
12 They say to their mothers, Where is corn and wine? when they swooned as the wounded in the streets of the city, when their soul was poured out into their mothers' bosom.
13 1What thing shall I take to witness for thee? what thing shall I liken to thee, O daughter of Jerusalem? what shall I equal to thee, that I may comfort thee, O virgin daughter of Zion? for 2thy breach is great like the sea: who can heal thee?
14 Thy 1prophets have seen vain and foolish things for thee: and they have not discovered thine iniquity, 2to turn away thy captivity; but have seen for thee 3false burdens and causes of banishment.
15 All that pass aby 1clap their hands at thee; they hiss and wag their head at the daughter of Jerusalem, saying, Is this the city that men call 2The perfection of beauty, The joy of the whole earth?
16 All 1thine enemies 2have opened their mouth against thee: they hiss and gnash the teeth: they say, 3We have swallowed her up: certainly this is the day that we looked for; we have found, we have seen it.
17 The Lord hath done that which he 1had devised; he hath fulfilled his word that he had commanded 2in the days of old: 3he hath thrown down, and hath not pitied: and 4he hath caused thine enemy to rejoice over thee, he hath set up the horn of thine adversaries.
18 Their 1heart cried unto the Lord, 2O wall of the daughter of Zion, 3let tears run down like a river day and night: give thyself no rest; let not 4the apple of thine eye cease.
19 1Arise, cry out in the night: in the beginning of the 2watches 3pour out thine heart like water before the face of the Lord: lift up thy hands toward him for the life of thy young children, 4that faint for hunger in the top of every street.
20 ¶ Behold, O Lord, and consider 1to whom thou hast done this. Shall the women 2eat their fruit, and children aof a span long? 3shall the priest and the prophet be slain in the sanctuary of the Lord?
21 The 1young and the old lie on the ground in the streets: my virgins and my young men are fallen by the sword; 2thou hast slain them in the day of thine anger; thou hast killed, and not pitied.
22 Thou hast called as in a solemn day 1my terrors round about, so that in the day of the Lord's anger none escaped nor remained: those that I have swaddled and brought up 2hath mine enemy consumed.
Lamentations 2