Lamentations 2


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 of Zion: he hath stretched out a line, he hath not withdrawn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

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