1:1 How doth the city sit 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
1:2 She weepeth bitterly in the night, and her tears [are] on
her cheeks: among all her lovers she hath none to comfort
[her]: all her friends have dealt treacherously with her, they
are become her enemies.
1:3 Judah is gone into captivity because of affliction, and
because of great servitude: she dwelleth among the heathen, she
findeth no rest: all her persecutors overtook her between the
1:4 The ways of Zion do mourn, because none come to the solemn
feasts: all her gates are desolate: her priests sigh, her
virgins are afflicted, and she [is] in bitterness.
1:5 Her adversaries are the chief, her enemies prosper; for the
LORD hath afflicted her for the multitude of her
transgressions: her children are gone into captivity before the
1:6 And from the daughter of Zion all her beauty hath departed:
her princes are become like harts [that] find no pasture, and
they are gone without strength before the pursuer.
1:7 Jerusalem remembered 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 fell into the hand of the enemy, and
none helped her: the adversaries saw her, [and] mocked at her
1:8 Jerusalem hath grievously sinned; therefore she is removed:
all that honored her despise her, because they have seen her
nakedness: yes, she sigheth and turneth backward.
1:9 Her filthiness [is] in her skirts; she remembereth not her
last end; therefore she hath been wonderfully abased: she had
no comforter. O LORD, behold my affliction: for the enemy hath
1:10 The adversary hath spread out his hand upon all her
pleasant things: for she hath seen [that] the heathen entered
into her sanctuary, whom thou didst command [that] they should
not enter into thy congregation.
1:11 All her people sigh, they seek bread; they have given their
pleasant things for food to relieve the soul: see, O LORD, and
consider; for I am become vile.
1:12 [Is it] nothing to you, all ye that pass by? behold, and
see if there is any sorrow like my sorrow, which hath fallen
upon me, with which the LORD hath afflicted [me] in the day of
his fierce anger.
1:13 From above hath he sent fire into my bones, and it
prevaileth against them: he hath spread a net for my feet, he
hath turned me back: he hath made me desolate [and] faint all
1:14 The yoke of my transgressions is bound by his hand: they
are wreathed, [and] come up upon my neck: he hath made my
strength to fall, the LORD hath delivered me into [their]
hands, [from whom] I am not able to rise.
1:15 The LORD hath trodden under foot all my mighty [men] in the
midst of me: he hath called an assembly against me to crush my
young men: the LORD hath trodden the virgin, the daughter of
Judah, [as] in a wine-press.
1:16 For these [things] I weep; my eye, my eye runneth down with
water, because the comforter that should relieve my soul is far
from me: my children are desolate, because the enemy prevailed.
1:17 Zion spreadeth forth her hands, [and there is] none to
comfort her: the LORD hath commanded concerning Jacob, [that]
his adversaries [should be] around him: Jerusalem is as a
menstruous woman among them.
1:18 The LORD is righteous; for I have rebelled against his
commandment: hear, I pray you, all people, and behold my
sorrow: my virgins and my young men are gone into captivity.
1:19 I called for my lovers, [but] they deceived me: my priests
and my elders resigned their breath in the city, while they
sought their food to relieve their souls.
1:20 Behold, O LORD; for I [am] in distress: my bowels are
troubled; my heart is turned within me; for I have grievously
rebelled: abroad the sword bereaveth, at home [there is] as
1:21 They have heard that I sigh: [there is] none to comfort me:
all my enemies have heard of my trouble; they are glad that
thou hast done [it]: thou wilt bring the day [that] thou hast
called, and they shall be like me.
1:22 Let all their wickedness come before thee; and do to them,
as thou hast done to me for all my transgressions: for my sighs
[are] many, and my heart [is] faint.