The Book of Lamentations
Now 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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 up.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 unto me.
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.
1 How hath the LORD covered the daughter of Zion with a
cloud in his anger, and cast down from heaven unto the earth the beauty of
Israel, and remembered not his footstool in the day of his anger!
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 the princes thereof.
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 round
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
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
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 hath despised in the indignation of his anger the king and the
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.
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.
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.
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.
11 Mine 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
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.
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?
14 Thy prophets have seen vain and foolish things for
thee: and they have not discovered thine iniquity, to turn away thy
captivity; but have seen for thee false burdens and causes of
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?
16 All thine 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
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 thine enemy to
rejoice over thee, he hath set up the horn of thine adversaries.
18 Their heart cried unto 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 thine eye cease.
19 Arise, cry out in the night: in the beginning of the
watches pour out thine heart like water before the face of the LORD: lift
up thy hands toward him for the life of thy young children, that faint for
hunger in the top of every street.
20 Behold, O LORD, and consider to whom thou hast done
this. Shall the women eat their fruit, and children of a span long? shall
the priest and the prophet be slain in the sanctuary of the Lord?
21 The young and the old lie on the ground in the streets:
my virgins and my young men are fallen by the sword; thou hast slain them
in the day of thine anger; thou hast killed, and not pitied.
22 Thou hast called as in a solemn day my terrors round
about, so that in the day of the LORD's anger none escaped nor remained:
those that I have swaddled and brought up hath mine enemy
1 I AM the man that hath seen affliction by the rod of his
2 He hath led me, and brought me into darkness, but not
3 Surely against me is he turned; he turneth his hand
against me all the day.
4 My flesh and my skin hath he made old; he hath broken my
5 He hath builded against me, and compassed me with gall
6 He hath set me in dark places, as they that be dead of
7 He hath hedged me about, that I cannot get out: he hath
made my chain heavy.
8 Also when I cry and shout, he shutteth out my
9 He hath inclosed my ways with hewn stone, he hath made
my paths crooked.
10 He was unto me as a bear lying in wait, and as a lion
in secret places.
11 He hath turned aside my ways, and pulled me in pieces:
he hath made me desolate.
12 He hath bent his bow, and set me as a mark for the
13 He hath caused the arrows of his quiver to enter into
14 I was a derision to all my people; and their song all
15 He hath filled me with bitterness, he hath made me
drunken with wormwood.
16 He hath also broken my teeth with gravel stones, he
hath covered me with ashes.
17 And thou hast removed my soul far off from peace: I
18 And I said, My strength and my hope is perished from
19 Remembering mine affliction and my misery, the wormwood
and the gall.
20 My soul hath them still in remembrance, and is humbled
21 This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope.
22 It is of the LORD's mercies that we are not consumed,
because his compassions fail not.
23 They are new every morning: great is thy
24 The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I
hope in him.
25 The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the
soul that seeketh him.
26 It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait
for the salvation of the LORD.
27 It is good for a man that he bear the yoke of his
28 He sitteth alone and keepeth silence, because he hath
borne it upon him.
29 He putteth his mouth in the dust; if so be there may be
30 He giveth his cheek to him that smiteth him: he is
filled full with reproach.
31 For the LORD will not cast off for ever:
32 But though he cause grief, yet will he have compassion
according to the multitude of his mercies.
33 For he doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the
children of men.
34 To crush under his feet all the prisoners of the
35 To turn aside the right of a man before the face of the
36 To subvert a man in his cause, the LORD approveth
37 Who is he that saith, and it cometh to pass, when the
Lord commandeth it not?
38 Out of the mouth of the most High proceedeth not evil
39 Wherefore doth a living man complain, a man for the
punishment of his sins?
40 Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the
41 Let us lift up our heart with our hands unto God in the
42 We have transgressed and have rebelled: thou hast not
43 Thou hast covered with anger, and persecuted us: thou
hast slain, thou hast not pitied.
44 Thou hast covered thyself with a cloud, that our prayer
should not pass through.
45 Thou hast made us as the offscouring and refuse in the
midst of the people.
46 All our enemies have opened their mouths against
47 Fear and a snare is come upon us, desolation and
48 Mine eye runneth down with rivers of water for the
destruction of the daughter of my people.
49 Mine eye trickleth down, and ceaseth not, without any
50 Till the LORD look down, and behold from heaven.
51 Mine eye affecteth mine heart because of all the
daughters of my city.
52 Mine enemies chased me sore, like a bird, without
53 They have cut off my life in the dungeon, and cast a
stone upon me.
54 Waters flowed over mine head; then I said, I am cut
55 I called upon thy name, O LORD, out of the low
56 Thou hast heard my voice: hide not thine ear at my
breathing, at my cry.
57 Thou drewest near in the day that I called upon thee:
thou saidst, Fear not.
58 O LORD, thou hast pleaded the causes of my soul; thou
hast redeemed my life.
59 O LORD, thou hast seen my wrong: judge thou my
60 Thou hast seen all their vengeance and all their
imaginations against me.
61 Thou hast heard their reproach, O LORD, and all their
imaginations against me;
62 The lips of those that rose up against me, and their
device against me all the day.
63 Behold their sitting down, and their rising up; I am
64 Render unto them a recompence, O LORD, according to the
work of their hands.
65 Give them sorrow of heart, thy curse unto them.
66 Persecute and destroy them in anger from under the
heavens of the LORD.
1 How is the gold become dim! how is the most fine gold
changed! the stones of the sanctuary are poured out in the top of every
2 The precious sons of Zion, comparable to fine gold, how
are they esteemed as earthen pitchers, the work of the hands of the
3 Even the sea monsters draw out the breast, they give
suck to their young ones: the daughter of my people is become cruel, like
the ostriches in the wilderness.
4 The tongue of the sucking child cleaveth to the roof of
his mouth for thirst: the young children ask bread, and no man breaketh it
5 They that did feed delicately are desolate in the
streets: they that were brought up in scarlet embrace dunghills.
6 For the punishment of the iniquity of the daughter of my
people is greater than the punishment of the sin of Sodom, that was
overthrown as in a moment, and no hands stayed on her.
7 Her Nazarites were purer than snow, they were whiter
than milk, they were more ruddy in body than rubies, their polishing was
8 Their visage is blacker than a coal; they are not known
in the streets: their skin cleaveth to their bones; it is withered, it is
become like a stick.
9 They that be slain with the sword are better than they
that be slain with hunger: for these pine away, stricken through for want
of the fruits of the field.
10 The hands of the pitiful women have sodden their own
children: they were their meat in the destruction of the daughter of my
11 The LORD hath accomplished his fury; he hath poured out
his fierce anger, and hath kindled a fire in Zion, and it hath devoured
the foundations thereof.
12 The kings of the earth, and all the inhabitants of the
world, would not have believed that the adversary and the enemy should
have entered into the gates of Jerusalem.
13 For the sins of her prophets, and the iniquities of her
priests, that have shed the blood of the just in the midst of her,
14 They have wandered as blind men in the streets, they
have polluted themselves with blood, so that men could not touch their
15 They cried unto them, Depart ye; it is unclean; depart,
depart, touch not: when they fled away and wandered, they said among the
heathen, They shall no more sojourn there.
16 The anger of the LORD hath divided them; he will no
more regard them: they respected not the persons of the priests, they
favoured not the elders.
17 As for us, our eyes as yet failed for our vain help: in
our watching we have watched for a nation that could not save us.
18 They hunt our steps, that we cannot go in our streets:
our end is near, our days are fulfilled; for our end is come.
19 Our persecutors are swifter than the eagles of the
heaven: they pursued us upon the mountains, they laid wait for us in the
20 The breath of our nostrils, the anointed of the LORD,
was taken in their pits, of whom we said, Under his shadow we shall live
among the heathen.
21 Rejoice and be glad, O daughter of Edom, that dwellest
in the land of Uz; the cup also shall pass through unto thee: thou shalt
be drunken, and shalt make thyself naked.
22 The punishment of thine iniquity is accomplished, O
daughter of Zion; he will no more carry thee away into captivity: he will
visit thine iniquity, O daughter of Edom; he will discover thy
1 Remember, O LORD, what is come upon us: consider, and
behold our reproach.
2 Our inheritance is turned to strangers, our houses to
3 We are orphans and fatherless, our mothers are as
4 We have drunken our water for money; our wood is sold
5 Our necks are under persecution: we labour, and have no
6 We have given the hand to the Egyptians, and to the
Assyrians, to be satisfied with bread.
7 Our fathers have sinned, and are not; and we have borne
8 Servants have ruled over us: there is none that doth
deliver us out of their hand.
9 We gat our bread with the peril of our lives because of
the sword of the wilderness.
10 Our skin was black like an oven because of the terrible
11 They ravished the women in Zion, and the maids in the
cities of Judah.
12 Princes are hanged up by their hand: the faces of
elders were not honoured.
13 They took the young men to grind, and the children fell
under the wood.
14 The elders have ceased from the gate, the young men
from their musick.
15 The joy of our heart is ceased; our dance is turned
16 The crown is fallen from our head: woe unto us, that we
17 For this our heart is faint; for these things our eyes
18 Because of the mountain of Zion, which is desolate, the
foxes walk upon it.
19 Thou, O LORD, remainest for ever; thy throne from
generation to generation.
20 Wherefore dost thou forget us for ever, and forsake us
so long time?
21 Turn thou us unto thee, O LORD, and we shall be turned;
renew our days as of old.
22 But thou hast utterly rejected us; thou art very wroth