Chapter 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! .

2She weepeth sore in the night,  And her tears are on her cheeks;  She hath none to comfort her  Among all her lovers;  All her friends have dealt treacherously with her,  They are become her enemies. .

3Judah is gone into exile because of affliction,  And because of great servitude;  She dwelleth among the nations,  She findeth no rest;  All her pursuers overtook her  Within the straits. .

4The ways of Zion do mourn,  Because none come to the solemn assembly;  All her gates are desolate,  Her priests sigh;  Her virgins are afflicted,  And she herself is in bitterness. .

5Her adversaries are become the head,  Her enemies are at ease;  For the LORD hath afflicted her  For the multitude of her transgressions;  Her young children are gone into captivity  Before the adversary. .

6And gone is from the daughter of Zion  All her splendour;  Her princes are become like harts  That find no pasture,  And they are gone without strength  Before the pursuer.

7Jerusalem remembereth  In the days of her affliction and of her anguish  All her treasures that she had  From the days of old;  Now that her people fall by the hand of the adversary,  And none doth help her,  The adversaries have seen her,  They have mocked at her desolations. .

8Jerusalem hath grievously sinned,  Therefore she is become as one unclean;  All that honoured her despise her,  Because they have seen her nakedness;  She herself also sigheth,  And turneth backward. .

9Her filthiness was in her skirts,  She was not mindful of her end;  Therefore is she come down wonderfully,  She hath no comforter.  ’Behold, O LORD, my affliction,  For the enemy hath magnified himself.’ .

10The adversary hath spread out his hand  Upon all her treasures;  For she hath seen that the heathen  Are entered into her sanctuary,  Concerning whom Thou didst command  That they should not enter into Thy congregation. .

11All her people sigh,  They seek bread;  They have given their pleasant things for food  To refresh the soul.  ‘See, O LORD, and behold,  How abject I am become.’

12’Let it not come unto you, all ye that pass by!  Behold, and see  If there be any pain like unto my pain,  Which is done unto me,  Wherewith the LORD hath afflicted me  In the day of His fierce anger. .

13From on high 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. .

14The yoke of my transgressions is impressed by His hand; They are knit together, They are come up upon my neck; He hath made my strength to fail; The Lord hath delivered me into their hands, Against whom I am not able to stand. .

15The Lord hath set at nought All my mighty men in the midst of me; He hath called a solemn assembly against me To crush my young men; The Lord hath trodden as in a winepress The virgin the daughter of Judah.’ .16’For these things I weep; Mine eye, mine eye runneth down with water; Because the comforter is far from me, Even he that should refresh my soul; My children are desolate, Because the enemy hath prevailed.’ .

17Zion spreadeth forth her hands;  There is none to comfort her;  The LORD hath commanded concerning Jacob,  That they that are round about him should be his adversaries;  Jerusalem is among them  As one unclean.

18’The LORD is righteous; For I have rebelled against His word; Hear, I pray you, all ye peoples,  And behold my pain:  My virgins and my young men  Are gone into captivity. .

19I called for my lovers, But they deceived me; My priests and mine elders Perished in the city, While they sought them food To refresh their souls. .

20Behold, O LORD, for I am in distress, Mine inwards burn; My heart is turned within me, For I have grievously rebelled. Abroad the sword bereaveth, At home there is the like of death. .

21They have heard that I sigh, There is none to comfort me; All mine enemies have heard of my trouble, and are glad, For Thou hast done it; Thou wilt bring the day that Thou hast proclaimed, And they shall be like unto me. .

22Let 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.’


Chapter 2

1How hath the Lord covered with a cloud The daughter of Zion in His anger! He hath cast down from heaven unto the earth The beauty of Israel, And hath not remembered His footstool In the day of His anger. .

2The Lord hath swallowed up unsparingly All the habitations of Jacob; He hath thrown down in His wrath The strongholds of the daughter of Judah; He hath brought them down to the ground; He hath profaned the kingdom and the princes thereof. .

3He hath cut off in fierce anger All the horn of Israel; He hath drawn back His right hand From before the enemy; And He hath burned in Jacob like a flaming fire, Which devoureth round about. .

4He hath bent His bow like an enemy, Standing with His right hand as an adversary, And hath slain all that were pleasant to the eye; In the tent of the daughter of Zion He hath poured out His fury like fire. .

5The Lord is become as an enemy, He hath swallowed up Israel; He hath swallowed up all her palaces, He hath destroyed his strongholds; And He hath multiplied in the daughter of Judah Mourning and moaning. .

6And He hath stripped His tabernacle, as if it were a garden, He hath destroyed His place of assembly; The LORD hath caused to be forgotten in Zion Appointed season and sabbath, And hath rejected in the indignation of His anger The king and the priest. .

7The 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 assembly. .

8The LORD hath purposed to destroy The wall of the daughter of Zion; He hath stretched out the line, He hath not withdrawn His hand from destroying; But He hath made the rampart and wall to mourn, They languish together. .

9Her gates are sunk into the ground; He hath destroyed and broken her bars; Her king and her princes are among the nations, Instruction is no more; Yea, her prophets find No vision from the LORD. .

10They sit upon the ground, and keep silence, The elders of the daughter of Zion; 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. .

11Mine eyes do fail with tears, Mine inwards burn, My liver is poured upon the earth, For the breach of the daughter of my people; Because the young children and the sucklings swoon In the broad places of the city. .

12They say to their mothers: ‘Where is corn and wine?’ When they swoon as the wounded In the broad places of the city, When their soul is poured out Into their mothers’bosom. .

13What shall I take to witness for thee? What 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? .

14Thy prophets have seen visions for thee Of vanity and delusion; And they have not uncovered thine iniquity, To bring back thy captivity; But have prophesied for thee burdens Of vanity and seduction. .

15All that pass by clap Their hands at thee; They hiss and wag their head At the daughter of Jerusalem: ‘Is this the city that men called The perfection of beauty, The joy of the whole earth?’ .

16All thine enemies have opened Their mouth wide 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.’ .

17The LORD hath done that which He devised; He hath performed His word That He commanded in the days of old; He hath thrown down unsparingly; And He hath caused the enemy to rejoice over thee, He hath exalted the horn of thine adversaries.

18Their 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 respite; Let not the apple of thine eye cease. .

19Arise, cry out in the night, At the beginning of the watches; Pour out thy 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 At the head of every street.’ .

20’See, O LORD, and consider, To whom Thou hast done thus! Shall the women eat their fruit, The children that are dandled in the hands? Shall the priest and the prophet be slain In the sanctuary of the Lord? .

21The youth and the old man 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 slaughtered unsparingly. .

22Thou hast called, as in the day of a solemn assembly, My terrors on every side, And there was none in the day of the LORD’S anger That escaped or remained; Those that I have dandled and brought up Hath mine enemy consumed.’


Chapter 3

1I am the man that hath seen affliction By the rod of His wrath.

2He hath led me and caused me to walk in darkness and not in light.

3Surely against me He turneth His hand again and again all the day. .

4My flesh and my skin hath He worn out; He hath broken my bones.

5He hath builded against me, and compassed me With gall and travail.

6He hath made me to dwell in dark places, As those that have been long dead. .

7He hath hedged me about, that I cannot go forth; He hath made my chain heavy.

8Yea, when I cry and call for help, He shutteth out my prayer.

9He hath enclosed my ways with hewn stone, He hath made my paths crooked. .

10He is unto me as a bear lying in wait, As a lion in secret places.

11He hath turned aside my ways, and pulled me in pieces; He hath made me desolate.

12He hath bent His bow, and set me As a mark for the arrow. .

13He hath caused the arrows of His quiver To enter into my reins.

14I am become a derision to all my people, And their song all the day.

15He hath filled me with bitterness, He hath sated me with wormwood. .

16He hath also broken my teeth with gravel stones, He hath made me to wallow in ashes.

17And my soul is removed far off from peace, I forgot prosperity.

18And I said: ‘My strength is perished, And mine expectation from the LORD.’ .

19Remember mine affliction and mine anguish, The wormwood and the gall.

20My soul hath them still in remembrance, And is bowed down within me.

21This I recall to my mind, Therefore have I hope. .

22Surely the LORD’S mercies are not consumed, Surely His compassions fail not.

23They are new every morning; Great is Thy faithfulness.

24’The LORD is my portion’, saith my soul; ‘Therefore will I hope in Him.’ .

25The LORD is good unto them that wait for Him, To the soul that seeketh Him.

26It is good that a man should quietly wait For the salvation of the LORD.

27It is good for a man that he bear The yoke in his youth. .

28Let him sit alone and keep silence, Because He hath laid it upon him.

29Let him put his mouth in the dust, If so be there may be hope.

30Let him give his cheek to him that smiteth him Let him be filled full with reproach. .

31For the Lord will not cast off For ever.

32For though He cause grief, yet will He have compassion According to the multitude of His mercies.

33For He doth not afflict willingly, Nor grieve the children of men. .

34To crush under foot All the prisoners of the earth,

35To turn aside the right of a man Before the face of the Most High,

36To subvert a man in his cause, The Lord approveth not. .

37Who is he that saith, and it cometh to pass, When the Lord commandeth it not?

38Out of the mouth of the Most High proceedeth not Evil and good?

39Wherefore doth a living man complain, A strong man because of his sins? .

40Let us search and try our ways, And return to the LORD.

41Let us lift up our heart with our hands Unto God in the heavens.

42We have transgressed and have rebelled; Thou hast not pardoned. .

43Thou hast covered with anger and pursued us; Thou hast slain unsparingly.

44Thou hast covered Thyself with a cloud, So that no prayer can pass through.

45Thou hast made us as the offscouring and refuse In the midst of the peoples. .

46All our enemies have opened their mouth Wide against us.

47Terror and the pit are come upon us, Desolation and destruction.

48Mine eye runneth down with rivers of water, For the breach of the daughter of my people. .

49Mine eye is poured out, and ceaseth not, Without any intermission,

50Till the LORD look forth, And behold from heaven.

51Mine eye affected my soul, Because of all the daughters of my city. .

52They have chased me sore like a bird, That are mine enemies without cause.

53They have cut off my life in the dungeon, And have cast stones upon me.

54Waters flowed over my head; I said: ‘I am cut off.’ .

55I called upon Thy name, O LORD, Out of the lowest dungeon.

56Thou heardest my voice; hide not Thine ear at my sighing, at my cry.

57Thou drewest near in the day that I called upon Thee; Thou saidst: ‘Fear not.’ .

58O Lord, Thou hast pleaded the causes of my soul; Thou hast redeemed my life.

59O LORD, Thou hast seen my wrong; Judge Thou my cause.

60Thou hast seen all their vengeance And all their devices against me. .

61Thou hast heard their taunt, O LORD, And all their devices against me;

62The lips of those that rose up against me, And their muttering against me all the day.

63Behold Thou their sitting down, and their rising up; I am their song. .

64Thou wilt render unto them a recompense, O LORD, According to the work of their hands.

65Thou wilt give them hardness of heart, Thy curse unto them.

66Thou wilt pursue them in anger, and destroy them From under the heavens of the LORD.


Chapter 4

1How is the gold become dim! How is the most fine gold changed! The hallowed stones are poured out At the head of every street. .

2The precious sons of Zion, Comparable to fine gold, How are they esteemed as earthen pitchers, The work of the hands of the potter! .

3Even the jackals 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. .

4The tongue of the sucking child cleaveth To the roof of his mouth for thirst; The young children ask bread, And none breaketh it unto them. .

5They that did feed on dainties Are desolate in the streets; They that were brought up in scarlet Embrace dunghills. .

6For the iniquity of the daughter of my people is greater Than the sin of Sodom, That was overthrown as in a moment, And no hands fell upon her. .

7Her princes were purer than snow, They were whiter than milk, They were more ruddy in body than rubies, Their polishing was as of sapphire; .

8Their visage is blacker than a coal; They are not known in the streets; Their skin is shrivelled upon their bones; It is withered, it is become like a stick. .

9They that are slain with the sword are better Than they that are slain with hunger; For these pine away, stricken through, For want of the fruits of the field. .

10The hands of women full of compassion Have sodden their own children; They were their food In the destruction of the daughter of my people.

11The LORD hath accomplished His fury, He hath poured out His fierce anger; And He hath kindled a fire in Zion, Which hath devoured the foundations thereof. .

12The kings of the earth believed not, Neither all the inhabitants of the world, That the adversary and the enemy would enter Into the gates of Jerusalem. .

13It is because of the sins of her prophets, And the iniquities of her priests, That have shed the blood of the just In the midst of her. .

14They wander as blind men in the streets, They are polluted with blood, So that men cannot Touch their garments. .

15’Depart ye! unclean! ’ men cried unto them, ‘Depart, depart, touch not’; Yea, they fled away and wandered; Men said among the nations: ‘They shall no more sojourn here.’ .

16The anger of the LORD hath divided them; He will no more regard them; They respected not the persons of the priests, They were not gracious unto the elders.

17As for us, our eyes do yet fail For our vain help; In our watching we have watched For a nation that could not save. .

18They hunt our steps, That we cannot go in our broad places; Our end is near, our days are fulfilled; For our end is come. .

19Our pursuers were swifter Than the eagles of the heaven; They chased us upon the mountains, They lay in wait for us in the wilderness. .

20The 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 nations.’ .

21Rejoice and be glad, O daughter of Edom, That dwellest in the land of Uz: The cup shall pass over unto thee also; Thou shalt be drunken, and shalt make thyself naked. .

22The punishment of thine iniquity is accomplished, O daughter of Zion, He will no more carry thee away into captivity; He will punish thine iniquity, O daughter of Edom, He will uncover thy sins.


Chapter 5

1Remember, O LORD, what is come upon us; Behold, and see our reproach.

2Our inheritance is turned unto strangers, Our houses unto aliens.

3We are become orphans and fatherless, Our mothers are as widows.

4We have drunk our water for money; Our wood cometh to us for price.

5To our very necks we are pursued; We labour, and have no rest.

6We have given the hand to Egypt, And to Assyria, to have bread enough;

7Our fathers have sinned, and are not; And we have borne their iniquities.

8Servants rule over us; There is none to deliver us out of their hand.

9We get our bread with the peril of our lives Because of the sword of the wilderness.

10Our skin is hot like an oven Because of the burning heat of famine.

11They have ravished the women in Zion, The maidens in the cities of Judah.

12Princes are hanged up by their hand; The faces of elders are not honoured.

13The young men have borne the mill, And the children have stumbled under the wood.

14The elders have ceased from the gate, The young men from their music.

15The joy of our heart is ceased; Our dance is turned into mourning.

16The crown is fallen from our head; Woe unto us! for we have sinned.

17For this our heart is faint, For these things our eyes are dim;

18For the mountain of Zion, which is desolate, The foxes walk upon it.

19Thou, O LORD, art enthroned for ever, Thy throne is from generation to generation.

20Wherefore dost Thou forget us for ever, And forsake us so long time?

21Turn Thou us unto Thee, O LORD, and we shall be turned; Renew our days as of old.

22Thou canst not have utterly rejected us, And be exceeding wroth against us! Turn us unto Thee, O Lord, and we shall be turned; Renew our days as of old.