Judgment on Jerusalem
א Alef
1How the Lord has overshadowed
Daughter Zion with His anger!
He has thrown down Israel’s glory
from heaven to earth.
He has abandoned His footstool # Either the ark of the covenant or the temple #1Ch 28:2Ps 99:5|NoBook| 132:7
in the day of His anger. #Jb 20:28Ps 110:5Zph 2:2-3
ב Bet
2Without compassion #Jb 16:13Lm 3:43Ezk 8:18 the Lord has swallowed up
all the dwellings of Jacob.
In His wrath He has demolished
the fortified cities #Is 2:12 of Daughter Judah.
He brought them to the ground
and defiled the kingdom and its leaders. #Ps 89:39Is 43:28|NoBook| 47:6
ג Gimel
3He has cut off every horn #Ps 75:5Jr 48:25 of Israel
in His burning anger
and withdrawn His right hand #Ex 6:6Dt 4:34
in the presence of the enemy.
He has blazed against Jacob like a flaming fire
that consumes everything. #Dt 4:24Heb 12:29
ד Dalet
4He has bent His bow like an enemy; #Ps 7:12Lm 3:12
His right hand is positioned like an adversary.
He has killed everyone who was loved, # Lit killed all the delights of the eye ; Ezk 24:16
pouring out His wrath like fire
on the tent of Daughter Zion.
ה He
5The Lord is like an enemy;
He has swallowed up Israel.
He swallowed up all its palaces
and destroyed its fortified cities.
He has multiplied mourning and lamentation
within Daughter Judah. #Is 29:2
ו Vav
6He has done violence to His temple # Lit booth
as if it were a garden booth,
destroying His place of meeting. #Ps 74:4
The Lord has abolished
appointed festivals and Sabbaths in Zion.
He has despised king and priest
in His fierce anger.
ז Zayin
7The Lord has rejected His altar,
repudiated His sanctuary; #Ps 89:39
He has handed the walls of her palaces
over to the enemy.
They have raised a shout in the house of the Lord
as on the day of an appointed festival.
ח Khet
8The Lord determined to destroy
the wall of Daughter Zion.
He stretched out a measuring line #2Kg 21:13Is 28:17|NoBook| 34:11
and did not restrain Himself from destroying.
He made the ramparts and walls grieve;
together they waste away.
ט Tet
9Zion’s gates have fallen to the ground; #Neh 1:3Jr 14:2
He has destroyed and shattered the bars on her gates.
Her king and her leaders live among the nations,
instruction # Or the law is no more,
and even her prophets receive
no vision from the Lord. #Ezk 7:26Mc 3:6
י Yod
10The elders of Daughter Zion
sit on the ground in silence.
They have thrown dust on their heads #Gn 37:34Jos 7:6Neh 9:1Jb 2:12-13Ezk 27:30
and put on sackcloth.
The young women of Jerusalem
have bowed their heads to the ground. #Jb 10:15Is 58:5
כ Kaf
11My eyes are worn out from weeping; #Ps 69:3Jr 9:1|NoBook| 14:17Lm 3:48-49
I am churning within.
My heart is poured out in grief # Lit My liver is poured out on the ground #Ps 22:14Jr 4:19
because of the destruction of my dear people, #Lm 3:48
because children and infants faint
in the streets of the city. #Jr 44:7
ל Lamed
12They cry out to their mothers:
Where is the grain and wine? #Dt 28:51Hs 2:8-9|NoBook| 7:14
as they faint like the wounded
in the streets of the city,
as their lives fade away
in the arms of their mothers.
מ Mem
13What can I say on your behalf?
What can I compare you to, Daughter Jerusalem?
What can I liken you to,
so that I may console you, Virgin Daughter Zion?
For your ruin is as vast as the sea.
Who can heal you? #Nah 3:19
נ Nun
14Your prophets saw visions for you
that were empty and deceptive; #Jr 5:12-1323:9-4028:1-429:29-32Ezk 13:8-16
they did not reveal your guilt
and so restore your fortunes. #Dt 30:1-3Jr 29:11-1430:1-3
They saw oracles for you
that were empty and misleading.
ס Samek
15All who pass by
scornfully clap their hands #Nm 24:10Ezk 25:6 at you.
They mock # Lit hiss #1Kg 9:8Jr 19:8 and shake their heads #Ps 22:7|NoBook| 109:25Mk 15:29
at Daughter Jerusalem:
Is this the city that was called
the perfection of beauty, #Ps 50:2
the joy of the whole earth? #Ps 48:2
פ Pe
16All your enemies
open their mouths against you. #Dt 28:37Jb 16:10Ps 22:13Lm 3:46
They hiss and gnash their teeth, #Jb 16:9Ps 35:16|NoBook| 37:12
saying, “We have swallowed her up. #Lm 2:2
This is the day we have waited for!
We have lived to see it.”
ע Ayin
17The Lord has done what He planned;
He has accomplished His decree,
which He ordained in days of old.
He has demolished without compassion, #Lm 2:2|NoBook| 3:43Ezk 7:8-9
letting the enemy gloat over you
and exalting the horn of your adversaries.
צ Tsade
18The hearts of the people cry out to the Lord.
Wall of Daughter Zion, #Lm 2:8
let your tears run down like a river
day and night. #Jr 4:31|NoBook| 14:17
Give yourself no relief
and your # Lit and the daughter of your eyes no rest.
ק Qof
19Arise, cry out in the night
from the first watch of the night.
Pour out your heart like water
before the Lord’s presence. #Ps 42:4|NoBook| 62:8|NoBook| 77:2|NoBook| 84:2|NoBook| 142:2
Lift up your hands to Him
for the lives of your children
who are fainting from hunger
on the corner of every street. #Is 51:20
ר Resh
20Lord, look and consider
who You have done this to.
Should women eat their own children, #Lv 26:27-29Dt 28:53-572Kg 6:24-31Jr 19:9Lm 4:10
the infants they have nurtured? # Or infants in a healthy condition ; Hb obscure
Should priests and prophets
be killed in the Lord’s sanctuary?
ׁש Shin
21Both young and old
are lying on the ground in the streets.
My young men and women
have fallen by the sword.
You have killed them in the day of Your anger,
slaughtering without compassion. #Lm 2:2|NoBook| 3:43
ת Tav
22You summoned my attackers # Or terrors on every side, #Ps 31:13Jr 6:25|NoBook| 20:10
as if for an appointed festival day;
on the day of the Lord’s anger
no one escaped or survived.
My enemy has destroyed
those I nurtured # Or I bore healthy ; Hb obscure and reared.
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