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!
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
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 about.
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.
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.
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 priest.
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.
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stretched out a line, he hath not withdrawn his hand from destroying: therefore he made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.
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.
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.
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 the city.
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’
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?
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 banishment.
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?
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 it.
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
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
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.
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?
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.
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 consumed.