Lamentations Lament over Jerusalem א Alef 1 1How[A] she sits alone, the city once crowded with people! She who was great among the nations has become like a widow. The princess among the provinces has been put to forced labor.   ב Bet   2She weeps aloud during the night, with tears on her cheeks. There is no one to offer her comfort, not one from all her lovers.[B] All her friends have betrayed her; they have become her enemies.   ג Gimel   3Judah has gone into exile following[C] affliction and harsh slavery; she lives among the nations but finds no place to rest. All her pursuers have overtaken her in narrow places.   ד Dalet   4The roads to Zion mourn, for no one comes to the appointed festivals. All her gates are deserted; her priests groan, her young women grieve, and she herself is bitter.   ה He   5Her adversaries have become her masters; her enemies are at ease, for the Lord has made her suffer because of her many transgressions. Her children have gone away as captives before the adversary.   ו Vav   6All her splendor has vanished from Daughter Zion. Her leaders are like stags that find no pasture; they walk away exhausted before the hunter.   ז Zayin   7During the days of her affliction and homelessness Jerusalem remembers all her precious belongings that were hers in days of old. When her people fell into the adversary’s hand, she had no one to help. The adversaries looked at her, laughing over her downfall.   ח Khet   8Jerusalem has sinned grievously; therefore, she has become an object of scorn.[D] All who honored her now despise her, for they have seen her nakedness. She herself groans and turns away.   ט Tet   9Her uncleanness stains her skirts. She never considered her end. Her downfall was astonishing; there was no one to comfort her. Lord, look on my affliction, for the enemy triumphs!   י Yod   10The adversary has seized all her precious belongings. She has even seen the nations enter her sanctuary— those You had forbidden to enter Your assembly.   כ Kaf   11All her people groan while they search for bread. They have traded their precious belongings for food in order to stay alive. Lord, look and see how I have become despised.   ל Lamed   12Is this nothing to you, all you who pass by? Look and see! Is there any pain like mine, which was dealt out to me, which the Lord made me suffer on the day of His burning anger?   מ Mem   13He sent fire from heaven into my bones; He made it descend.[E] He spread a net for my feet and turned me back. He made me desolate, sick all day long.   נ Nun   14My transgressions have been formed into a yoke,[F][G] fastened together by His hand; they have been placed on my neck, and the Lord has broken my strength. He has handed me over to those I cannot withstand.   ס Samek   15The Lord has rejected all the mighty men within me. He has summoned an army[H] against me to crush my young warriors. The Lord has trampled Virgin Daughter Judah like grapes in a winepress.   ע Ayin   16I weep because of these things; my eyes flow[I] with tears. For there is no one nearby to comfort me, no one to keep me alive. My children are desolate because the enemy has prevailed.   פ Pe   17Zion stretches out her hands; there is no one to comfort her. The Lord has issued a decree against Jacob that his neighbors should be his adversaries. Jerusalem has become something impure among them.   צ Tsade   18The Lord is just, for I have rebelled against His command. Listen, all you people; look at my pain. My young men and women have gone into captivity.   ק Qof   19I called to my lovers, but they betrayed me. My priests and elders perished in the city while searching for food to keep themselves alive.   ר Resh   20Lord, see how I am in distress. I am churning within; my heart is broken,[J] for I have been very rebellious. Outside, the sword takes the children; inside, there is death.   ׁש Shin   21People have heard me groaning, but there is no one to comfort me. All my enemies have heard of my misfortune; they are glad that You have caused it. Bring on the day You have announced, so that they may become like me.   ת Tav   22Let all their wickedness come before You, and deal with them as You have dealt with me because of all my transgressions. For my groans are many, and I am sick at heart.   Judgment on Jerusalem   א Alef
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