How Lonely Sits the City
1 # [Jer. 7:34] How lonely sits the city
that was full of people!
How like #[Jer. 15:8] a widow has she become,
she who was great among the nations!
She who was #[ch. 5:16; Ezra 4:20; Eccles. 2:8] a princess among the provinces
has become #Isa. 31:8a slave.
Ps. 6:6; Jer. 9:1; 13:17 She weeps bitterly in the night,
with tears on her cheeks;
# ver. 19; Jer. 22:22; 30:14 among all her lovers
she has #ver. 9, 16, 17, 21; Eccles. 4:1 none to comfort her;
# See Ezek. 23:22-26 all her friends have dealt treacherously with her;
they have become her enemies.
Jer. 52:27 Judah has gone into exile because of affliction#1:3 Or under affliction
and hard servitude;
# [ch. 2:9; Deut. 28:64, 65] she dwells now among the nations,
but finds no resting place;
her pursuers have all overtaken her
in the midst of her distress.#1:3 Or in the narrow passes
4The roads to Zion mourn,
for none come to #See ch. 2:6 the festival;
Jer. 14:2 all her gates are desolate;
her priests #ver. 8, 11, 21, 22groan;
her virgins have been afflicted,#1:4 Septuagint, Old Latin dragged away
and she herself suffers bitterly.
5 # [Deut. 28:13, 44; Jer. 13:21] Her foes have become the head;
her #Jer. 12:1 enemies prosper,
because #ver. 12; ch. 3:33 the Lord has afflicted her
Jer. 30:14, 15; Dan. 9:16 for the multitude of her transgressions;
2 Chr. 36:17, 20; See Jer. 52:28-30 her children have gone away,
captives before the foe.
6From the daughter of Zion
all her majesty has departed.
Her princes have become like deer
# [Jer. 14:6] that find no pasture;
they fled without strength
before the pursuer.
in the days of her affliction and wandering
# ver. 10, 11 all the precious things
that were hers from #ch. 2:17; Jer. 46:26 days of old.
When her people fell into the hand of the foe,
and there was none to help her,
her foes gloated over her;
they #Obad. 12, 13; [Ps. 119:51]mocked at her downfall.
8 # [Zech. 13:1] Jerusalem sinned grievously;
therefore she became filthy;
all who honored her despise her,
# [Ezek. 16:37] for they have seen her nakedness;
she herself #ver. 4, 21, 22groans
and turns her face away.
9Her uncleanness was #[Jer. 13:22] in her skirts;
# [Deut. 32:29; Isa. 47:7] she took no thought of her future;#1:9 Or end
therefore her fall is terrible;
# ver. 2 she has no comforter.
“O Lord, behold my affliction,
for the enemy has #Jer. 48:26triumphed!”
10The enemy has stretched out his hands
over all her #ver. 7 precious things;
for she has seen #Ps. 79:1; Jer. 51:51 the nations
enter her sanctuary,
those whom you #[Deut. 23:3; Neh. 13:1]forbade
to enter your congregation.
11All her people #[See ver. 8 above] groan
as #ch. 2:12; 4:4; [Jer. 38:9; 52:6] they search for bread;
they trade their #[See ver. 10 above] treasures for #ver. 19food
to revive their strength.
“Look, O Lord, and see,
for I am despised.”
12“Is it nothing to you, all #Job 21:29; Ps. 80:12 you who pass by?
# [Dan. 9:12] Look and see
if there is any sorrow like my sorrow,
which was brought upon me,
which #ver. 5 the Lord inflicted
on #See Jer. 12:13the day of his fierce anger.
13“From on high he #Ps. 102:3 sent fire;
into my bones#1:13 Septuagint; Hebrew bones and he made it descend;
Ps. 9:15; Ezek. 12:13; 17:20 he spread a net for my feet;
he turned me back;
# ch. 3:11; See Jer. 8:18 he has left me stunned,
faint all the day long.
14“My transgressions were bound#1:14 The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain into #Deut. 28:48a yoke;
by his hand they were fastened together;
they were set upon my neck;
he caused my strength to fail;
the Lord gave me into the hands
of those whom I cannot withstand.
15“The Lord rejected
all my mighty men in my midst;
he summoned an assembly against me
to crush my young men;
# [Isa. 63:2, 3] the Lord has trodden as in a winepress
the virgin daughter of Judah.
16“For these things #See Jer. 13:17 I weep;
my eyes flow with tears;
for #ver. 2, 21 a comforter is far from me,
one to #[ver. 11]revive my spirit;
my children are desolate,
for the enemy has prevailed.”
Isa. 1:15; Jer. 4:31 Zion stretches out her hands,
but #[See ver. 16 above]there is none to comfort her;
the Lord has commanded against Jacob
that his neighbors should be his foes;
Jerusalem has become
a filthy thing among them.
18 # See Jer. 12:1 “The Lord is in the right,
1 Sam. 12:14, 15 for I have rebelled against his word;
but hear, all you peoples,
and see my suffering;
# [Deut. 28:41] my young women and my young men
have gone into captivity.
19“I called to #See ver. 2 my lovers,
but they deceived me;
my priests and elders
perished in the city,
while #ver. 11they sought food
to revive their strength.
20“Look, O Lord, for I am in distress;
# ch. 2:11; Job 30:27; Isa. 16:11 my stomach churns;
my heart is wrung within me,
because I have been very rebellious.
Deut. 32:25; Ezek. 7:15; See Jer. 15:2 In the street the sword bereaves;
in the house it is like death.
21“They heard#1:21 Septuagint, Syriac Hear #ver. 4, 8, 11 my groaning,
yet #ver. 2, 16, 17 there is no one to comfort me.
All my enemies have heard of my trouble;
# [ch. 4:21; Jer. 50:11] they are glad that you have done it.
You have brought#1:21 Syriac Bring the day you announced;
# [ch. 4:21; Jer. 50:11] now let them be as I am.
Ps. 109:14, 15 “Let all their evildoing come before you,
and deal with them
as #ver. 12; ch. 2:20 you have dealt with me
because of all my transgressions;
for #[See ver. 21 above] my groans are many,
and #See Jer. 8:18my heart is faint.”