Bible: Lam. 1; 2; 3; 4
The Prophet Speaks:
1:1 א (Alef) 12
now sits all alone! 5
The prominent 6 lady among the nations
has become a widow! 7
1:2 ב (Bet)
She weeps bitterly at night;
tears stream down her cheeks. 12
She has no one to comfort her
among all her lovers. 13
All her friends have betrayed her;
they have become her enemies.
1:3 ג (Gimel)
Judah 14 has departed into exile
She 17 lives among the nations;
she has found no resting place.
All who pursued her overtook her
1:4 ד (Dalet)
her priests groan. 26
Her virgins grieve; 27
she is in bitter anguish! 28
1:5 ה (He)
Her foes subjugated her; 29
her enemies are at ease. 30
because of her many acts of rebellion. 31
Her children went away
captive 32 before the enemy.
1:6 ו (Vav)
has departed. 35
Her leaders became like deer;
they found no pasture,
so they were too exhausted to escape 36
from the hunter. 37
1:7 ז (Zayin)
all her treasures
that she owned in days of old. 42
When her people fell into an enemy’s grip, 43
none of her allies came to her rescue. 44
1:8 ח (Khet)
Jerusalem committed terrible sin; 49
therefore she became an object of scorn. 50
because they have seen her nakedness. 53
She groans aloud 54
and turns away in shame. 55
1:9 ט (Tet)
and there was no one to comfort her.
because my 65 enemy boasts!”
1:10 י (Yod)
An enemy grabbed 66
all her valuables. 67
invaded her holy temple 70 –
those whom you 71 had commanded:
1:11 כ (Kaf)
All her people groaned
as they searched for a morsel of bread. 74
for 77 just enough food
to stay alive. 78
that I have become worthless!”
1:12 ל (Lamed)
Look and see!
Is there any pain like mine?
he 84 has inflicted it on me
1:13 מ (Mem)
He sent down fire 87
into my bones, and it overcame 88 them.
He spread out a trapper’s net 89 for my feet;
he made me turn back.
He has made me desolate;
I am faint all day long.
1:14 נ (Nun)
My sins are bound around my neck like a yoke; 90
they are fastened together by his hand.
he has sapped my strength. 93
to those whom I cannot resist.
1:15 ס (Samek)
He summoned an assembly 101 against me
to shatter my young men.
The Lord has stomped like grapes 102
the virgin daughter, Judah. 103
1:16 ע (Ayin)
I weep because of these things;
For there is no one in sight who can comfort me 106
or encourage me. 107
because an enemy has prevailed.
The Prophet Speaks:
1:17 פ (Pe)
Zion spread out her hands,
but there is no one to comfort her.
his neighbors 110 have become his enemies.
Jerusalem has become
1:18 צ (Tsade)
Yes, I rebelled against his commands. 114
Please listen, all you nations, 115
and look at my suffering!
My young women and men
have gone into exile.
1:19 ק (Qof)
I called for my lovers, 116
but they had deceived me.
My priests and my elders
perished in the city.
Truly they had 117 searched for food
1:20 ר (Resh)
my stomach is in knots! 122
My heart is pounding 123 inside me.
Yes, I was terribly rebellious! 124
Out in the street the sword bereaves a mother of her children; 125
Inside the house death is present. 126
1:21 ש (Sin/Shin)
They have heard 127 that I groan,
yet there is no one to comfort me.
All my enemies have heard of my trouble;
1:22 ת (Tav)
Let all their wickedness come before you;
afflict 135 them
because of all my acts of rebellion. 138
For my groans are many,
and my heart is sick with sorrow. 139
2:1 The heavens and the earth 1 were completed with everything that was in them. 2 2:2 By 3 the seventh day God finished the work that he had been doing, 4 and he ceased 5 on the seventh day all the work that he had been doing. 2:3 God blessed the seventh day and made it holy 6 because on it he ceased all the work that he 7 had been doing in creation. 8
The Creation of Man and Woman
2:5 Now 13 no shrub of the field had yet grown on the earth, and no plant of the field 14 had yet sprouted, for the
2:10 Now 33 a river flows 34 from Eden 35 to water the orchard, and from there it divides 36 into four headstreams. 37 2:11 The name of the first is Pishon; it runs through 38 the entire land of Havilah, where there is gold. 2:12 (The gold of that land is pure; 39 pearls 40 and lapis lazuli 41 are also there). 2:13 The name of the second river is Gihon; it runs through 42 the entire land of Cush. 43 2:14 The name of the third river is Tigris; it runs along the east side of Assyria. 44 The fourth river is the Euphrates.
“This one at last 67 is bone of my bones
and flesh of my flesh;
this one will be called 68 ‘woman,’
The Temptation and the Fall
than any of the wild animals 4 that the
3:6 When 15 the woman saw that the tree produced fruit that was good for food, 16 was attractive 17 to the eye, and was desirable for making one wise, 18 she took some of its fruit and ate it. 19 She also gave some of it to her husband who was with her, and he ate it. 20 3:7 Then the eyes of both of them opened, and they knew they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.
The Judgment Oracles of God at the Fall
3:8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the
“Because you have done this,
cursed 37 are you above all the wild beasts
and all the living creatures of the field!
On your belly you will crawl 38
and dust you will eat 39 all the days of your life.
3:15 And I will put hostility 40 between you and the woman
and between your offspring and her offspring; 41
her offspring will attack 42 your head,
3:16 To the woman he said,
with pain you will give birth to children.
You will want to control your husband, 48
but he will dominate 49 you.”
3:17 But to Adam 50 he said,
“Because you obeyed 51 your wife
and ate from the tree about which I commanded you,
‘You must not eat from it,’
in painful toil you will eat 54 of it all the days of your life.
3:18 It will produce thorns and thistles for you,
but you will eat the grain 55 of the field.
3:19 By the sweat of your brow 56 you will eat food
until you return to the ground, 57
for out of it you were taken;
for you are dust, and to dust you will return.” 58
3:20 The man 59 named his wife Eve, 60 because 61 she was the mother of all the living. 62 3:21 The
The Story of Cain and Abel
4:1 Now 1 the man had marital relations with 2 his wife Eve, and she became pregnant 3 and gave birth to Cain. Then she said, “I have created 4 a man just as the
4:3 At the designated time 9 Cain brought some of the fruit of the ground for an offering 10 to the
4:6 Then the
4:9 Then the
ground it will no longer yield 30 its best 31 for you. You will be a homeless wanderer 32 on the earth.” 4:13 Then Cain said to the
The Beginning of Civilization
4:17 Cain had marital relations 42 with his wife, and she became pregnant 43 and gave birth to Enoch. Cain was building a city, and he named the city after 44 his son Enoch. 4:18 To Enoch was born Irad, and Irad was the father 45 of Mehujael. Mehujael was the father of Methushael, and Methushael was the father of Lamech.
4:19 Lamech took two wives for himself; the name of the first was Adah, and the name of the second was Zillah. 4:20 Adah gave birth to Jabal; he was the first 46 of those who live in tents and keep 47 livestock. 4:21 The name of his brother was Jubal; he was the first of all who play the harp and the flute. 4:22 Now Zillah also gave birth to Tubal-Cain, who heated metal and shaped 48 all kinds of tools made of bronze and iron. The sister of Tubal-Cain was Naamah.
4:23 Lamech said to his wives,
“Adah and Zillah! Listen to me!
You wives of Lamech, hear my words!
I have killed a man for wounding me,
a young man 49 for hurting me.
4:24 If Cain is to be avenged seven times as much,
then Lamech seventy-seven times!” 50
4:25 And Adam had marital relations 51 with his wife again, and she gave birth to a son. She named him Seth, saying, “God has given 52 me another child 53 in place of Abel because Cain killed him.” 4:26 And a son was also born to Seth, whom he named Enosh. At that time people 54 began to worship 55 the