1:1 [And it came to pass, after Israel was taken captive, and
Jerusalem made desolate, [that] Jeremias sat weeping, and lamented
[with] this lamentation over Jerusalem, and said] ALEPH. How does the
city that was filled with people sit solitary! she is become as a widow:
she that was magnified among the nations, [and] princess among the
provinces, has become tributary.
1:2 BETH. She weeps sore in the night, and her tears are on her cheeks;
and thee is none of all her lovers to comfort her: all that were her
friends have dealt deceitfully with her, they are become her enemies.
1:3 GIMEL. Judea is gone into captivity by reason of her affliction, and
by reason of the abundance of her servitude: she dwells among the
nations, she has not found rest: all her pursuers have overtaken her
between her oppressors.
1:4 DALETH. The ways of Sion mourn, because there are none that come to
the feast: all her gates are ruined: her priests groan, her virgins are
led captive, and she is in bitterness in herself.
1:5 HE. Her oppressors are become the head, and her enemies have
prospered; for the Lord has afflicted her because of the multitude of
her sins: her young children are gone into captivity before the face of
1:6 VAU. And all her beauty has been taken away from the daughter of
Sion: her princes were as rams finding no pasture, and are gone [away]
in weakness before the face of the pursuer.
1:7 ZAIN. Jerusalem remembered the days of her affliction, and her
rejection; [she thought on] all her desirable things which were from the
days of old, when her people fell into the hands of the oppressor, and
there was none to help her: when her enemies saw [it] they laughed at
1:8 HETH. Jerusalem has sinned a [great] sin; therefore has she come
into tribulation, all that used to honour her have afflicted her, for
they have seen her shame: yea, she herself groaned, and turned backward.
1:9 TETH. Her uncleanness is before her feet; she remembered not her
last end; she has lowered her boasting [tone], there is none to comfort
her. Behold, O Lord, my affliction: for the enemy has magnified himself.
1:10 JOD. The oppressor has stretched out his hand on all her desirable
things: for she has seen the Gentiles entering into her sanctuary,
[concerning] whom thou didst command that they should not enter into thy
1:11 CHAPH. All her people groan, seeking bread: they have given their
desirable things for meat, to restore their soul: behold, Lord, and
look; for she is become dishonoured.
1:12 LAMED. All ye that pass by the way, turn, and see if there is
sorrow like to my sorrow, which has happened [to me]. The Lord who spoke
by me has afflicted me in the day of his fierce anger.
1:13 MEM. He has sent fire from his lofty habitation, he has brought it
into my bones: he has spread a net for my feet, he has turned me back:
he has made me desolate [and] mourning all the day.
1:14 NUN. He has watched over my sins, they are twined about my hands,
they have come up on my neck: my strength has failed; for the Lord has
laid pains on my hands, I shall not be able to stand.
1:15 SAMECH. The Lord has cut off all my strong men from the midst of
me: he has summoned against me a time for crushing my choice men: the
Lord has trodden a wine-press for the virgin daughter of Juda: for these
things I weep.
1:16 AIN. Mine eye has poured out water, because he that should comfort
me, that should restore my soul, has been removed far from me: my sons
have been destroyed, because the enemy has prevailed.
1:17 PHE. Sion has spread out her hand, [and] there is none to comfort
her: the Lord has commanded [concerning] Jacob, his oppressors are round
about him: Jerusalem has become among them as a removed woman.
1:18 TSADE. The Lord is righteous; for I have provoked his mouth: hear,
I pray you, all people, and behold my grief: my virgins and my young men
are gone into captivity.
1:19 KOPH. I called my lovers, but they deceived me: my priests and my
elders failed in the city; for they sought meat that they might restore
their souls, and found [it] not.
1:20 RHECHS. Behold, O Lord; for I am afflicted: my belly is troubled,
and my heart is turned within me; for I have been grievously rebellious:
abroad the sword has bereaved me, even as death at home.
1:21 CHSEN. Hear, I pray you, for I groan: there is none to comfort me:
all mine enemies have heard [of] mine afflictions, and rejoice because
thou hast done [it]: thou hast brought on the day, thou hast called the
time: they are become like to me.
1:22 THAU. Let all their wickedness come before thy face; and strip
them, as they have made a gleaning for all my sins: for my groans are
many, and my heart is grieved.
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 become tributary!
1:2 She weepeth sore 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 straits.
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 enemy.
1:6 And from the daughter of Zion all her beauty is 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 did help her: the
adversaries saw her, and did mock at her sabbaths.
1:8 Jerusalem hath grievously sinned; therefore she is removed: all that
honoured her despise her, because they have seen her nakedness: yea, she
sigheth, and turneth backward.
1:9 Her filthiness is in her skirts; she remembereth not her last end;
therefore she came down wonderfully: she had no comforter. O LORD,
behold my affliction: for the enemy hath magnified himself.
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
1:11 All her people sigh, they seek bread; they have given their
pleasant things for meat 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
be any sorrow like unto my sorrow, which is done unto me, wherewith 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 the day.
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
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 winepress.
1:16 For these things I weep; mine eye, mine 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
round about 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 mine
elders gave up the ghost in the city, while they sought their meat to
relieve their souls.
1:20 Behold, O LORD; for I am in distress: my bowels are troubled; mine
heart is turned within me; for I have grievously rebelled: abroad the
sword bereaveth, at home there is as death.
1:21 They have heard that I sigh: there is none to comfort me: all mine
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
1:22 Let all their wickedness come before thee; and do unto them, as
thou hast done unto me for all my transgressions: for my sighs are many,
and my heart is faint.