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Lamentations ... records the grief and sorrows seen for Zion because of iniquity.

King James Bible

The Lamentations Of Jeremiah

John Bunyan at the CrossLamentations 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!

Lamentations 1:2 She weepeth sore in the night, and her tears are on her
cheeks: among all her lovers she hath none to comfort her: all her friends
have dealt treacherously with her, they are become her enemies.

Lamentations 1:3 Judah is gone into captivity because of affliction, and
because of great servitude: she dwelleth among the heathen, she findeth no
rest: all her persecutors overtook her between the straits.

Lamentations 1:4 The ways of Zion do mourn, because none come to the solemn
feasts: all her gates are desolate: her priests sigh, her virgins are
afflicted, and she is in bitterness.

Lamentations 1:5 Her adversaries are the chief, her enemies prosper; for the
LORD hath afflicted her for the multitude of her transgressions: her children
are gone into captivity before the enemy.

Lamentations 1:6 And from the daughter of Zion all her beauty is departed:
her princes are become like harts that find no pasture, and they are gone
without strength before the pursuer.

Lamentations 1:7 Jerusalem remembered in the days of her affliction and of
her miseries all her pleasant things that she had in the days of old, when her
people fell into the hand of the enemy, and none did help her: the adversaries
saw her, and did mock at her sabbaths.

Lamentations 1:8 Jerusalem hath grievously sinned; therefore she is removed:
all that honoured her despise her, because they have seen her nakedness: yea,
she sigheth, and turneth backward.

Lamentations 1:9 Her filthiness is in her skirts; she remembereth not her
last end; therefore she came down wonderfully: she had no comforter. O LORD,
behold my affliction: for the enemy hath magnified himself.

Lamentations 1:10 The adversary hath spread out his hand upon all her
pleasant things: for she hath seen that the heathen entered into her
sanctuary, whom thou didst command that they should not enter into thy

Lamentations 1:11 All her people sigh, they seek bread; they have given
their pleasant things for meat to relieve the soul: see, O LORD, and consider;
for I am become vile.

Lamentations 1:12 Is it nothing to you, all ye that pass by? behold, and see
if there be any sorrow like unto my sorrow, which is done unto me, wherewith
the LORD hath afflicted me in the day of his fierce anger.

Lamentations 1:13 From above 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.

Lamentations 1:14 The yoke of my transgressions is bound by his hand: they
are wreathed, and come up upon my neck: he hath made my strength to fall, the
Lord hath delivered me into their hands, from whom I am not able to rise up.

Lamentations 1:15 The Lord hath trodden under foot all my mighty men in the
midst of me: he hath called an assembly against me to crush my young men: the
Lord hath trodden the virgin, the daughter of Judah, as in a winepress.

Lamentations 1:16 For these things I weep; mine eye, mine eye runneth down
with water, because the comforter that should relieve my soul is far from me:
my children are desolate, because the enemy prevailed.

Lamentations 1:17 Zion spreadeth forth her hands, and there is none to
comfort her: the LORD hath commanded concerning Jacob, that his adversaries
should be round about him: Jerusalem is as a menstruous woman among them.

Lamentations 1:18 The LORD is righteous; for I have rebelled against his
commandment: hear, I pray you, all people, and behold my sorrow: my virgins
and my young men are gone into captivity.

Lamentations 1:19 I called for my lovers, but they deceived me: my priests
and mine elders gave up the ghost in the city, while they sought their meat to
relieve their souls.

Lamentations 1:20 Behold, O LORD; for I am in distress: my bowels are
troubled; mine heart is turned within me; for I have grievously rebelled:
abroad the sword bereaveth, at home there is as death.

Lamentations 1:21 They have heard that I sigh: there is none to comfort me:
all mine enemies have heard of my trouble; they are glad that thou hast done it
: thou wilt bring the day that thou hast called, and they shall be like unto

Lamentations 1:22 Let 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.

Lamentations 2:1 How hath the Lord covered the daughter of Zion with a cloud
in his anger, and cast down from heaven unto the earth the beauty of Israel,
and remembered not his footstool in the day of his anger!

Lamentations 2:2 The Lord hath swallowed up all the habitations of Jacob,
and hath not pitied: he hath thrown down in his wrath the strong holds of the
daughter of Judah; he hath brought them down to the ground: he hath polluted
the kingdom and the princes thereof.

Lamentations 2:3 He hath cut off in his fierce anger all the horn of Israel:
he hath drawn back his right hand from before the enemy, and he burned against
Jacob like a flaming fire, which devoureth round about.

Lamentations 2:4 He hath bent his bow like an enemy: he stood with his right
hand as an adversary, and slew all that were pleasant to the eye in the
tabernacle of the daughter of Zion: he poured out his fury like fire.

Lamentations 2:5 The Lord was as an enemy: he hath swallowed up Israel, he
hath swallowed up all her palaces: he hath destroyed his strong holds, and
hath increased in the daughter of Judah mourning and lamentation.

Lamentations 2:6 And he hath violently taken away his tabernacle, as if it
were of a garden: he hath destroyed his places of the assembly: the LORD hath
caused the solemn feasts and sabbaths to be forgotten in Zion, and hath
despised in the indignation of his anger the king and the priest.

Lamentations 2:7 The 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 feast.

Lamentations 2:8 The LORD hath purposed to destroy the wall of the daughter
of Zion: he hath stretched out a line, he hath not withdrawn his hand from
destroying: therefore he made the rampart and the wall to lament; they
languished together.

Lamentations 2:9 Her gates are sunk into the ground; he hath destroyed and
broken her bars: her king and her princes are among the Gentiles: the law is
no more; her prophets also find no vision from the LORD.

Lamentations 2:10 The elders of the daughter of Zion sit upon the ground, and
keep silence: 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.

Lamentations 2:11 Mine eyes do fail with tears, my bowels are troubled, my
liver is poured upon the earth, for the destruction of the daughter of my
people; because the children and the sucklings swoon in the streets of the

Lamentations 2:12 They say to their mothers, Where is corn and wine? when
they swooned as the wounded in the streets of the city, when their soul was
poured out into their mothers' bosom.

Lamentations 2:13 What thing shall I take to witness for thee? what thing
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?

Lamentations 2:14 Thy prophets have seen vain and foolish things for thee:
and they have not discovered thine iniquity, to turn away thy captivity; but
have seen for thee false burdens and causes of banishment.

Lamentations 2:15 All that pass by clap their hands at thee; they hiss and
wag their head at the daughter of Jerusalem, saying, Is this the city that men
call The perfection of beauty, The joy of the whole earth?

Lamentations 2:16 All thine enemies have opened their mouth 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.

Lamentations 2:17 The LORD hath done that which he had devised; he hath
fulfilled his word that he had commanded in the days of old: he hath thrown
down, and hath not pitied: and he hath caused thine enemy to rejoice over
thee, he hath set up the horn of thine adversaries.

Lamentations 2:18 Their 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 rest; let
not the apple of thine eye cease.

Lamentations 2:19 Arise, cry out in the night: in the beginning of the
watches pour out thine 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
in the top of every street.

Lamentations 2:20 Behold, O LORD, and consider to whom thou hast done this.
Shall the women eat their fruit, and children of a span long? shall the priest
and the prophet be slain in the sanctuary of the Lord?

Lamentations 2:21 The young and the old 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 killed, and not pitied.

Lamentations 2:22 Thou hast called as in a solemn day my terrors round
about, so that in the day of the LORD'S anger none escaped nor remained: those
that I have swaddled and brought up hath mine enemy consumed.

Lamentations 3:1 I am the man that hath seen affliction by the rod of his

Lamentations 3:2 He hath led me, and brought me into darkness, but not into

Lamentations 3:3 Surely against me is he turned; he turneth his hand against
me all the day.

Lamentations 3:4 My flesh and my skin hath he made old: he hath broken my

Lamentations 3:5 He hath builded against me, and compassed me with gall and

Lamentations 3:6 He hath set me in dark places, as they that be dead of old.

Lamentations 3:7 He hath hedged me about, that I cannot get out: he hath
made my chain heavy.

Lamentations 3:8 Also when I cry and shout, he shutteth out my prayer.

Lamentations 3:9 He hath enclosed my ways with hewn stone, he hath made my
paths crooked.

Lamentations 3:10 He was unto me as a bear lying in wait, and as a lion in
secret places.

Lamentations 3:11 He hath turned aside my ways, and pulled me in pieces: he
hath made me desolate.

Lamentations 3:12 He hath bent his bow, and set me as a mark for the arrow.

Lamentations 3:13 He hath caused the arrows of his quiver to enter into my

Lamentations 3:14 I was a derision to all my people; and their song all the

Lamentations 3:15 He hath filled me with bitterness, he hath made me drunken
with wormwood.

Lamentations 3:16 He hath also broken my teeth with gravel stones, he hath
covered me with ashes.

Lamentations 3:17 And thou hast removed my soul far off from peace: I forgat

Lamentations 3:18 And I said, My strength and my hope is perished from the

Lamentations 3:19 Remembering mine affliction and my misery, the wormwood
and the gall.

Lamentations 3:20 My soul hath them still in remembrance, and is humbled in

Lamentations 3:21 This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope.

Lamentations 3:22 It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed,
because his compassions fail not.

Lamentations 3:23 They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.

Lamentations 3:24 The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I
hope in him.

Lamentations 3:25 The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul
that seeketh him.

Lamentations 3:26 It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait
for the salvation of the LORD.

Lamentations 3:27 It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth.

Lamentations 3:28 He sitteth alone and keepeth silence, because he hath
borne it upon him.

Lamentations 3:29 He putteth his mouth in the dust; if so be there may be

Lamentations 3:30 He giveth his cheek to him that smiteth him: he is filled
full with reproach.

Lamentations 3:31 For the Lord will not cast off for ever:

Lamentations 3:32 But though he cause grief, yet will he have compassion
according to the multitude of his mercies.

Lamentations 3:33 For he doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the children
of men.

Lamentations 3:34 To crush under his feet all the prisoners of the earth,

Lamentations 3:35 To turn aside the right of a man before the face of the
most High,

Lamentations 3:36 To subvert a man in his cause, the Lord approveth not.

Lamentations 3:37 Who is he that saith, and it cometh to pass, when the Lord
commandeth it not?

Lamentations 3:38 Out of the mouth of the most High proceedeth not evil and

Lamentations 3:39 Wherefore doth a living man complain, a man for the
punishment of his sins?

Lamentations 3:40 Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the

Lamentations 3:41 Let us lift up our heart with our hands unto God in the

Lamentations 3:42 We have transgressed and have rebelled: thou hast not

Lamentations 3:43 Thou hast covered with anger, and persecuted us: thou hast
slain, thou hast not pitied.

Lamentations 3:44 Thou hast covered thyself with a cloud, that our prayer
should not pass through.

Lamentations 3:45 Thou hast made us as the offscouring and refuse in the
midst of the people.

Lamentations 3:46 All our enemies have opened their mouths against us.

Lamentations 3:47 Fear and a snare is come upon us, desolation and

Lamentations 3:48 Mine eye runneth down with rivers of water for the
destruction of the daughter of my people.

Lamentations 3:49 Mine eye trickleth down, and ceaseth not, without any

Lamentations 3:50 Till the LORD look down, and behold from heaven.

Lamentations 3:51 Mine eye affecteth mine heart because of all the daughters
of my city.

Lamentations 3:52 Mine enemies chased me sore, like a bird, without cause.

Lamentations 3:53 They have cut off my life in the dungeon, and cast a stone
upon me.

Lamentations 3:54 Waters flowed over mine head; then I said, I am cut off.

Lamentations 3:55 I called upon thy name, O LORD, out of the low dungeon.

Lamentations 3:56 Thou hast heard my voice: hide not thine ear at my
breathing, at my cry.

Lamentations 3:57 Thou drewest near in the day that I called upon thee: thou
saidst, Fear not.

Lamentations 3:58 O Lord, thou hast pleaded the causes of my soul; thou hast
redeemed my life.

Lamentations 3:59 O LORD, thou hast seen my wrong: judge thou my cause.

Lamentations 3:60 Thou hast seen all their vengeance and all their
imaginations against me.

Lamentations 3:61 Thou hast heard their reproach, O LORD, and all their
imaginations against me;

Lamentations 3:62 The lips of those that rose up against me, and their
device against me all the day.

Lamentations 3:63 Behold their sitting down, and their rising up; I am their

Lamentations 3:64 Render unto them a recompense, O LORD, according to the
work of their hands.

Lamentations 3:65 Give them sorrow of heart, thy curse unto them.

Lamentations 3:66 Persecute and destroy them in anger from under the heavens
of the LORD.

Lamentations 4:1 How is the gold become dim! how is the most fine gold
changed! the stones of the sanctuary are poured out in the top of every

Lamentations 4:2 The precious sons of Zion, comparable to fine gold, how are
they esteemed as earthen pitchers, the work of the hands of the potter!

Lamentations 4:3 Even the sea monsters 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.

Lamentations 4:4 The tongue of the sucking child cleaveth to the roof of his
mouth for thirst: the young children ask bread, and no man breaketh it unto

Lamentations 4:5 They that did feed delicately are desolate in the streets:
they that were brought up in scarlet embrace dunghills.

Lamentations 4:6 For the punishment of the iniquity of the daughter of my
people is greater than the punishment of the sin of Sodom, that was overthrown
as in a moment, and no hands stayed on her.

Lamentations 4:7 Her Nazarites were purer than snow, they were whiter than
milk, they were more ruddy in body than rubies, their polishing was of

Lamentations 4:8 Their visage is blacker than a coal; they are not known in
the streets: their skin cleaveth to their bones; it is withered, it is become
like a stick.

Lamentations 4:9 They that be slain with the sword are better than they that
be slain with hunger: for these pine away, stricken through for want of the
fruits of the field.

Lamentations 4:10 The hands of the pitiful women have sodden their own
children: they were their meat in the destruction of the daughter of my

Lamentations 4:11 The LORD hath accomplished his fury; he hath poured out
his fierce anger, and hath kindled a fire in Zion, and it hath devoured the
foundations thereof.

Lamentations 4:12 The kings of the earth, and all the inhabitants of the
world, would not have believed that the adversary and the enemy should have
entered into the gates of Jerusalem.

Lamentations 4:13 For the sins of her prophets, and the iniquities of her
priests, that have shed the blood of the just in the midst of her,

Lamentations 4:14 They have wandered as blind men in the streets, they have
polluted themselves with blood, so that men could not touch their garments.

Lamentations 4:15 They cried unto them, Depart ye; it is unclean; depart,
depart, touch not: when they fled away and wandered, they said among the
heathen, They shall no more sojourn there.

Lamentations 4:16 The anger of the LORD hath divided them; he will no more
regard them: they respected not the persons of the priests, they favoured not
the elders.

Lamentations 4:17 As for us, our eyes as yet failed for our vain help: in
our watching we have watched for a nation that could not save us.

Lamentations 4:18 They hunt our steps, that we cannot go in our streets: our
end is near, our days are fulfilled; for our end is come.

Lamentations 4:19 Our persecutors are swifter than the eagles of the heaven:
they pursued us upon the mountains, they laid wait for us in the wilderness.

Lamentations 4:20 The 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

Lamentations 4:21 Rejoice and be glad, O daughter of Edom, that dwellest in
the land of Uz; the cup also shall pass through unto thee: thou shalt be
drunken, and shalt make thyself naked.

Lamentations 4:22 The punishment of thine iniquity is accomplished, O
daughter of Zion; he will no more carry thee away into captivity: he will
visit thine iniquity, O daughter of Edom; he will discover thy sins.

Lamentations 5:1 Remember, O LORD, what is come upon us: consider, and
behold our reproach.

Lamentations 5:2 Our inheritance is turned to strangers, our houses to

Lamentations 5:3 We are orphans and fatherless, our mothers are as widows.

Lamentations 5:4 We have drunken our water for money; our wood is sold unto

Lamentations 5:5 Our necks are under persecution: we labour, and have no

Lamentations 5:6 We have given the hand to the Egyptians, and to the
Assyrians, to be satisfied with bread.

Lamentations 5:7 Our fathers have sinned, and are not; and we have borne
their iniquities.

Lamentations 5:8 Servants have ruled over us: there is none that doth
deliver us out of their hand.

Lamentations 5:9 We gat our bread with the peril of our lives because of the
sword of the wilderness.

Lamentations 5:10 Our skin was black like an oven because of the terrible

Lamentations 5:11 They ravished the women in Zion, and the maids in the
cities of Judah.

Lamentations 5:12 Princes are hanged up by their hand: the faces of elders
were not honoured.

Lamentations 5:13 They took the young men to grind, and the children fell
under the wood.

Lamentations 5:14 The elders have ceased from the gate, the young men from
their music.

Lamentations 5:15 The joy of our heart is ceased; our dance is turned into

Lamentations 5:16 The crown is fallen from our head: woe unto us, that we
have sinned!

Lamentations 5:17 For this our heart is faint; for these things our eyes are

Lamentations 5:18 Because of the mountain of Zion, which is desolate, the
foxes walk upon it.

Lamentations 5:19 Thou, O LORD, remainest for ever; thy throne from
generation to generation.

Lamentations 5:20 Wherefore dost thou forget us for ever, and forsake us so
long time?

Lamentations 5:21 Turn thou us unto thee, O LORD, and we shall be turned;
renew our days as of old.

Lamentations 5:22 But thou hast utterly rejected us; thou art very wroth
against us.

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