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Lamentations 1 - American Standard Version 2015

Jerusalem in Affliction

1. How doth the city sit solitary, that was full of people!\par\tab She is become as a widow, that was great among the nations!\par\tab She that was a princess among the provinces is become tributary!

2. She weepeth sore in the night, and her tears are on her cheeks;\par\tab Among all her lovers she hath none to comfort her:\par\tab 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;\par\tab She dwelleth among the nations, she findeth no rest:\par\tab All her persecutors overtook her within the straits.

4. The ways of Zion do mourn, because none come to the solemn assembly;\par\tab All her gates are desolate, her priests do sigh:\par\tab Her virgins are afflicted, and she herself is in bitterness.

5. Her adversaries are become the head, her enemies prosper;\par\tab For Jehovah hath afflicted her for the multitude of her transgressions:\par\tab Her young children are gone into captivity before the adversary.

6. And from the daughter of Zion all her majesty is departed:\par\tab Her princes are become like harts that find no pasture,\par\tab And they are gone without strength before the pursuer.

7. Jerusalem remembereth in the days of her affliction and of her miseries all her pleasant things that were from the days of old:\par\tab When her people fell into the hand of the adversary, and none did help her,\par\tab The adversaries saw her, they did mock at her desolations.

8. Jerusalem hath grievously sinned; therefore she is become as an unclean thing;\par\tab All that honored her despise her, because they have seen her nakedness:\par\tab Yea, she sigheth, and turneth backward.\par

9. Her filthiness was in her skirts; she remembered not her latter end;\par\tab Therefore is she come down wonderfully; she hath no comforter:\par\tab Behold, O Jehovah, my affliction; for the enemy hath magnified himself.

10. The adversary hath spread out his hand upon all her pleasant things:\par\tab For she hath seen that the nations are entered into her sanctuary,\par\tab Concerning whom thou didst command that they should not enter into thine assembly.

11. All her people sigh, they seek bread;\par\tab They have given their pleasant things for food to refresh the soul:\par\tab See, O Jehovah, and behold; for I am become abject.

12. Is it nothing to you, all ye that pass by?\par\tab Behold, and see if there be any sorrow like unto my sorrow, which is brought upon me,\par\tab Wherewith Jehovah hath afflicted {\i me} in the day of his fierce anger.

13. From on high hath he sent fire into my bones, and it prevaileth against them;\par\tab He hath spread a net for my feet, he hath turned me back:\par\tab He hath made me desolate and faint all the day.

14. The yoke of my transgressions is bound by his hand;\par\tab They are knit together, they are come up upon my neck; he hath made my strength to fail:\par\tab The Lord hath delivered me into their hands, against whom I am not able to stand.

15. The Lord hath set at nought all my mighty men in the midst of me;\par\tab He hath called a solemn assembly against me to crush my young men:\par\tab The Lord hath trodden as in a winepress the virgin daughter of Judah.

16. For these things I weep; mine eye, mine eye runneth down with water;\par\tab Because the comforter that should refresh my soul is far from me:\par\tab My children are desolate, because the enemy hath prevailed.

17. Zion spreadeth forth her hands; there is none to comfort her;\par\tab Jehovah hath commanded concerning Jacob, that they that are round about him should be his adversaries:\par\tab Jerusalem is among them as an unclean thing.

18. Jehovah is righteous; for I have rebelled against his commandment:\par\tab Hear, I pray you, all ye peoples, and behold my sorrow:\par\tab My virgins and my young men are gone into captivity.

19. I called for my lovers, {\i but} they deceived me:\par\tab My priests and mine elders gave up the ghost in the city,\par\tab While they sought them food to refresh their souls.\par

20. Behold, O Jehovah; for I am in distress; my heart is troubled;\par\tab My heart is turned within me; for I have grievously rebelled:\par\tab Abroad the sword bereaveth, at home there is as death.

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

22. Let all their wickedness come before thee;\par\tab And do unto them, as thou hast done unto me for all my transgressions:\par\tab For my sighs are many, and my heart is faint.\par

American Standard Version-2015

Edited by Jeff D. Huddleston. Based on the 1901 American Standard Version (ASV-1901).