Jeremiah 52

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The Lamentations of Jeremiah

Chapter 1


How doth the city sit1 solitary, [that was] full of people! [how] is she become as a widow! she [that was] great among the nations, [and] princess among the provinces, [how] is she become tributary!


She weepeth4 sore2 in the night, and her tears [are] on her cheeks: among all her lovers6 she hath none to comfort18 [her]: all her friends have dealt treacherously1 with her, they are become her enemies.6


Judah is gone into captivity1 because of affliction, and because of great servitude: she dwelleth1 among the heathen, she findeth1 no rest: all her persecutors6 overtook52 her between the straits.


The ways of Zion do mourn, because none come6 to the solemn feasts: all her gates are desolate:6 her priests sigh,12 her virgins are afflicted,12 and she [is] in bitterness.1


Her adversaries are the chief, her enemies6 prosper;1 for the LORD hath afflicted52 her for the multitude of her transgressions: her children are gone1 into captivity before the enemy.


And from the daughter of Zion all her beauty is departed:4 her princes are become like harts [that] find1 no pasture, and they are gone4 without strength before the pursuer.6


Jerusalem remembered1 in the days of her affliction and of her miseries all her pleasant things that she had in the days of old, when her people fell2 into the hand of the enemy, and none did help6 her: the adversaries saw1 her, [and] did mock1 at her sabbaths.


Jerusalem hath grievously sinned;1 therefore she is removed: all that honoured18 her despise52 her, because they have seen1 her nakedness: yea, she sigheth,8 and turneth4 backward.


Her filthiness [is] in her skirts; she remembereth1 not her last end; therefore she came down4 wonderfully: she had no comforter.18 O LORD, behold3 my affliction: for the enemy6 hath magnified52 [himself].


The adversary hath spread1 out his hand upon all her pleasant things: for she hath seen1 [that] the heathen entered1 into her sanctuary, whom thou didst command14 [that] they should not enter4 into thy congregation.


All her people sigh,12 they seek18 bread; they have given1 their pleasant things 4262 for meat to relieve53 the soul: see,3 O LORD, and consider;54 for I am become vile.6


[Is it] nothing to you, all ye that pass by?6 1870 behold,54 and see3 if there be any sorrow like unto my sorrow, which is done19 unto me, wherewith the LORD hath afflicted52 [me] in the day of his fierce anger.


From above hath he sent1 fire into my bones, and it prevaileth4 against them: he hath spread1 a net for my feet, he hath turned52 me back: he hath made1 me desolate6 [and] faint all the day.


The yoke of my transgressions is bound8 by his hand: they are wreathed,101 [and] come up1 upon my neck: he hath made my strength to fall,52 the Lord hath delivered1 me into [their] hands, [from whom] I am not able4 to rise up.2


The Lord hath trodden under foot14 all my mighty [men] in the midst of me: he hath called1 an assembly against me to crush2 my young men: the Lord hath trodden1 the virgin, the daughter of Judah, [as] in a winepress.


For these [things] I weep;6 mine eye, mine eye runneth down6 with water, because the comforter18 that should relieve56 my soul is far1 from me: my children are desolate,6 because the enemy6 prevailed.1


Zion spreadeth forth14 her hands, [and there is] none to comfort18 her: the LORD hath commanded14 concerning Jacob, [that] his adversaries [should be] round about him: Jerusalem is as a menstruous woman among them.


The LORD is righteous; for I have rebelled1 against his commandment: hear,3 I pray you, all people, and behold3 my sorrow: my virgins and my young men are gone1 into captivity.


I called1 for my lovers,18 [but] they deceived14 me: my priests and mine elders gave up the ghost1 in the city, while they sought14 their meat to relieve55 their souls.


Behold,3 O LORD; for I [am] in distress:1 my bowels are troubled;39 mine heart is turned8 within me; for I have grievously2 rebelled:1 abroad the sword bereaveth,14 at home [there is] as death.


They have heard1 that I sigh:12 [there is] none to comfort18 me: all mine enemies6 have heard1 of my trouble; they are glad1 that thou hast done1 [it]: thou wilt bring52 the day [that] thou hast called,1 and they shall be like unto me.


Let all their wickedness come4 before thee; and do24 unto them, as thou hast done22 unto me for all my transgressions: for my sighs [are] many, and my heart [is] faint.

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