King James Version
1 How doth the city sit solitary, that was full
of people how is she become as a widow she that was was great
among the nations, and princess among the provinces, how is she
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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 congregation.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 me.
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.1
References and notes
1. King James Authorized Version
John Gill's Exposition of the
3. John Gill's Exposition of the Bible - http://eword.gospelcom.net/comments/lamentations/gill/lamentations1.htm
4. Matthew Henry Bible Commentary - http://eword.gospelcom.net/comments/lamentations/mh/lamentations1.htm