The Lord Has Destroyed Without Pity
1How the Lord in his anger
has set the daughter of Zion #[ch. 3:44] under a cloud!
# [Matt. 11:23]; See Isa. 14:15 He has cast down from heaven to earth
the splendor of Israel;
he has not remembered #1 Chr. 28:2his footstool
in the day of his anger.
2The Lord #ver. 16; [Ps. 35:25; 56:2; Ezek. 36:3] has swallowed up #ver. 17, 21; ch. 3:43; [Ezek. 9:5, 10] without mercy
all the habitations of Jacob;
in his wrath #Ps. 89:40 he has broken down
the strongholds of the daughter of Judah;
he has brought #Ps. 74:7 down to the ground #Ps. 74:7 in dishonor
the kingdom #Isa. 43:28and its rulers.
3He has cut down in #See Jer. 12:13 fierce anger
all #1 Sam. 2:1 the might of Israel;
Ps. 74:11 he has withdrawn from them his right hand
in the face of the enemy;
Ps. 79:5; 89:46 he has burned like a flaming fire in Jacob,
consuming all around.
4 # ch. 3:12 He has bent his bow like an enemy,
with his right hand set #See Jer. 30:14like a foe;
and he has killed all who were delightful in our eyes
in the tent of the daughter of Zion;
he has poured out his fury like fire.
5 # [See ver. 4 above] The Lord has become like an enemy;
# ver. 16; [Ps. 35:25; 56:2; Ezek. 36:3] he has swallowed up Israel;
# [2 Kgs. 25:9] he has swallowed up all its palaces;
he has laid in ruins its strongholds,
and he has multiplied in the daughter of Judah
mourning and lamentation.
6He has laid waste his booth like a garden,
laid in ruins #ch. 1:4; Isa. 1:13; Zeph. 3:18 his meeting place;
# ch. 1:4; Isa. 1:13; Zeph. 3:18 the Lord has made Zion forget
festival and #Isa. 1:13Sabbath,
and in his fierce indignation has spurned king and priest.
7 # [Ps. 89:38] The Lord has scorned his altar,
# [Ezek. 24:21] disowned his sanctuary;
Deut. 32:30 he has delivered into the hand of the enemy
the walls of her palaces;
they raised a clamor in the house of the Lord
as on the day of festival.
8 # [Jer. 5:10] The Lord determined to lay in ruins
# ver. 18 the wall of the daughter of Zion;
# See 2 Kgs. 21:13 he stretched out the measuring line;
he did not restrain his hand from destroying;
he caused rampart and wall to lament;
they languished together.
9Her gates have sunk into the ground;
Jer. 51:30; Nah. 3:13 he has ruined #Jer. 51:30; Nah. 3:13 and broken her bars;
# [Hos. 3:4] her king and princes are among the nations;
the law is no more,
and #Ps. 74:9her prophets find
no vision from the Lord.
10The elders of the daughter of Zion
# ch. 1:1; 3:28; Isa. 3:26 sit on the ground #Ezek. 3:15 in silence;
# See Josh. 7:6 they have thrown dust on their heads
and #Jer. 48:37; Ezek. 7:18; Amos 8:10; See Jer. 4:8put on sackcloth;
the young women of Jerusalem
have bowed their heads to the ground.
11 # [ver. 18; ch. 5:17; Ps. 6:7] My eyes are spent with weeping;
# See ch. 1:20 my stomach churns;
# [Job 16:13] my bile is poured out to the ground
# ch. 3:48 because of the destruction of the daughter of my people,
# [ch. 4:4; Jer. 44:7] because infants and babies #ver. 19; [Isa. 51:20]faint
in the streets of the city.
12They cry to their mothers,
# See ch. 1:11 “Where is bread and wine?”
# [See ver. 11 above] as they faint like a wounded man
in the streets of the city,
as their life is poured out
on their mothers’ bosom.
13What can I say for you, #[ch. 1:12] to what compare you,
O daughter of Jerusalem?
# [ch. 1:12] What can I liken to you, that I may comfort you,
O virgin daughter of Zion?
2 Sam. 5:20; [Ezek. 26:3] For your ruin is vast as the sea;
who can heal you?
14 # See Jer. 5:31 Your prophets have seen for you
false and deceptive visions;
# [Isa. 58:1] they have not exposed your iniquity
to #See Jer. 30:3 restore your fortunes,
# See Jer. 5:31 but have seen for you #[Jer. 23:33, 34]oracles
that are false and misleading.
15All who pass along the way
clap their hands at you;
# See 2 Chr. 29:8 they hiss and wag their heads
at the daughter of Jerusalem:
“Is this the city that was called
Ps. 48:2; Ezek. 16:14 the perfection of beauty,
Ps. 48:2; Ezek. 16:14 the joy of all the earth?”
16 # ch. 3:46; [Job 16:9, 10] All your enemies
rail against you;
they hiss, they gnash their teeth,
they cry: “We #See ver. 2 have swallowed her!
Ah, this is the day we longed for;
now we have it; #[Ps. 35:21]we see it!”
17The Lord has done what he purposed;
he has carried out #See Lev. 26:14-45; Deut. 28:15-68 his word,
which he commanded #ch. 1:7; Jer. 46:26 long ago;
# See ver. 2 he has thrown down #ver. 2, 21 without pity;
# [Ps. 38:16; 89:42] he has made the enemy rejoice over you
and exalted the #[ver. 3]might of your foes.
18Their heart cried to the Lord.
O #ver. 8 wall of the daughter of Zion,
# See ver. 11 let tears stream down like a torrent
Ps. 32:4; 42:3 day and night!
Ps. 77:2 Give yourself no rest,
your eyes no respite!
19“Arise, #Ps. 119:147, 148 cry out in the night,
at the beginning of the night watches!
Ps. 62:8; [1 Sam. 7:6] Pour out your heart like water
before the presence of the Lord!
# [1 Tim. 2:8] Lift your hands to him
for the lives of your children,
# See ver. 11, 12 who faint for hunger
at the head of every street.”
20Look, O Lord, and see!
# ch. 1:22 With whom have you dealt thus?
# ch. 4:10; See Jer. 19:9 Should women eat the fruit of their womb,
the children of #ver. 22 their tender care?
Should #[ch. 4:13]priest and prophet be killed
in the sanctuary of the Lord?
21In the dust of the streets
# [2 Chr. 36:17] lie the young and the old;
# [2 Chr. 36:17] my young women and my young men
have fallen by the sword;
# ch. 3:43 you have killed them in the day of your anger,
slaughtering #ver. 2, 17without pity.
22You summoned as if to #[ver. 6] a festival day
# See Jer. 6:25 my terrors on every side,
# [Jer. 42:17; 44:14] and on the day of the anger of the Lord
no one escaped or survived;
# ver. 20 those whom I held and raised
my enemy destroyed.