Bible: Lam 1-4
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
The Prophet Speaks:
2:1 א (Alef)
He has thrown down the splendor of Israel
from heaven to earth;
when he displayed his anger. 146
2:2 ב (Bet)
all the homes of Jacob’s descendants. 150
In his anger he tore down
the fortified cities 151 of Daughter Judah.
He knocked to the ground and humiliated
the kingdom and its rulers. 152
2:3 ג (Gimel)
the whole army 155 of Israel.
He withdrew his right hand 156
as the enemy attacked. 157
He was like a raging fire in the land of Jacob; 158
it consumed everything around it. 159
2:4 ד (Dalet)
He prepared his bow 160 like an enemy;
his right hand was ready to shoot. 161
Like a foe he killed everyone,
even our strong young men; 162
he has poured out his anger like fire
on the tent 163 of Daughter Zion.
2:5 ה (He)
The Lord, 164 like an enemy,
destroyed 165 Israel.
He destroyed 166 all her palaces;
he ruined her 167 fortified cities.
He made everyone in Daughter Judah
mourn and lament. 168
2:6 ו (Vav)
he destroyed his appointed meeting place.
both the festivals and the Sabbaths. 171
both king and priest.
2:7 ז (Zayin)
and abhorred his temple. 176
He handed over to the enemy 177
her palace walls;
as if it were a feast day. 180
2:8 ח (Khet)
Daughter Zion’s wall.
He prepared to knock it down; 181
he did not withdraw his hand from destroying. 182
He made the ramparts and fortified walls lament;
together they mourned their ruin. 183
2:9 ט (Tet)
Her city gates have fallen 184 to the ground;
Her king and princes were taken into exile; 187
there is no more guidance available. 188
As for her prophets,
they no longer receive 189 a vision from the
2:10 י (Yod)
The elders of Daughter Zion
They have thrown dirt on their heads;
They have dressed in sackcloth. 192
2:11 כ (Kaf)
my stomach is in knots. 197
My heart 198 is poured out on the ground
children and infants faint
in the town squares.
2:12 ל (Lamed)
“Where are food and drink?” 203
They faint 204 like a wounded warrior
in the city squares.
They die slowly 205
in their mothers’ arms. 206
2:13 מ (Mem)
With what can I equate 207 you?
To what can I compare you, O Daughter Jerusalem?
To what can I liken you 208
so that 209 I might comfort you, O Virgin Daughter Zion?
Who can heal you? 212
2:14 נ (Nun)
Your prophets saw visions for you
that were worthless lies. 213
They failed to expose your sin
so as to restore your fortunes. 214
They saw oracles for you
that were worthless 215 lies.
2:15 ס (Samek)
All who passed by on the road
clapped their hands to mock you. 216
They sneered and shook their heads
at Daughter Jerusalem.
“Ha! Is this the city they called 217
‘The perfection of beauty, 218
the source of joy of the whole earth!’?” 219
2:16 פ (Pe)
All your enemies
gloated over you. 220
They sneered and gnashed their teeth;
they said, “We have destroyed 221 her!
Ha! We have waited a long time for this day.
We have lived to see it!” 222
2:17 ע (Ayin)
He has overthrown you without mercy 227
and has enabled the enemy to gloat over you;
he has exalted your adversaries’ power. 228
2:18 צ (Tsade)
O wall of Daughter Zion! 232
Make your tears flow like a river
all day and all night long! 233
Do not rest;
do not let your tears 234 stop!
2:19 ק (Qof)
Get up! Cry out in the night 235
when the night watches start! 236
Pour out your heart 237 like water
before the face of the Lord! 238
Lift up your hands 239 to him
for your children’s lives; 240
they are fainting 241
at every street corner. 242
2:20 ר (Resh)
Whom have you ever afflicted 244 like this?
Should women eat their offspring, 245
their healthy infants? 246
Should priest and prophet
be killed in the Lord’s 247 sanctuary?
2:21 ש (Sin/Shin)
The young boys and old men
lie dead on the ground in the streets.
My young women 248 and my young men
have fallen by the sword.
You killed them when you were angry; 249
you slaughtered them without mercy. 250
2:22 ת (Tav)
As if it were a feast day, you call 251
On the day of the Lord’s anger
no one escaped or survived.
My enemy has finished off
The Prophet Speaks:
3:1 א (Alef) 257
from the rod 260 of his wrath.
in darkness and not light.
3:3 He repeatedly 263 attacks me,
3:4 ב (Bet)
He has made my mortal skin 266 waste away;
he has broken my bones.
with bitter hardship. 269
3:6 He has made me reside in deepest darkness 270
like those who died long ago.
3:7 ג (Gimel)
He has walled me in 271 so that I cannot get out;
he has weighted me down with heavy prison chains. 272
he has shut out my prayer. 275
he has made every path impassable. 278
3:10 ד (Dalet)
To me he is like a bear lying in ambush, 279
he has made me desolate.
the target for his arrow.
3:13 ה (He)
into my heart. 288
3:14 I have become the laughingstock of all people, 289
3:15 He has given me my fill of bitter herbs
and made me drunk with bitterness. 292
3:16 ו (Vav)
He ground 293 my teeth in gravel;
he trampled 294 me in the dust.
I have forgotten what happiness 298 is.
3:18 So I said, “My endurance has expired;
I have lost all hope of deliverance 299 from the
3:19 ז (Zayin)
which is a bitter poison. 302
therefore I have hope:
3:22 ח (Khet)
his compassions 311 never end.
3:23 They are fresh 312 every morning;
your faithfulness is abundant! 313
3:24 “My portion is the Lord,” I have said to myself, 314
so I will put my hope in him.
3:25 ט (Tet)
to the one 316 who seeks him.
3:26 It is good to wait patiently 317
for deliverance from the
3:27 It is good for a man 319
3:28 י (Yod)
Let a person 323 sit alone in silence,
3:29 Let him bury his face in the dust; 326
perhaps there is hope.
3:30 Let him offer his cheek to the one who hits him; 327
let him have his fill of insults.
3:31 כ (Kaf)
For the Lord 328 will not
reject us forever. 329
according to the abundance of his loyal kindness. 332
3:33 For he is not predisposed to afflict 333
or to grieve people. 334
3:34 ל (Lamed)
To crush underfoot
all the earth’s prisoners, 335
in the presence of the Most High,
3:36 to defraud a person in a lawsuit –
3:37 מ (Mem)
Whose command was ever fulfilled 340
unless the Lord 341 decreed it?
3:38 Is it not from the mouth of the Most High that everything comes –
both calamity and blessing? 342
3:39 Why should any living person 343 complain
when punished for his sins? 344
3:40 נ (Nun)
Let us carefully examine our ways, 345
and let us return to the
3:41 Let us lift up our hearts 346 and our hands
to God in heaven:
you 349 have not forgiven.”
3:43 ס (Samek)
You shrouded yourself 350 with anger and then pursued us;
you killed without mercy.
3:44 You shrouded yourself with a cloud
so that no prayer can get through.
3:45 You make us like filthy scum 351
in the estimation 352 of the nations.
3:46 פ (Pe)
All our enemies have gloated over us; 353
3:47 Panic and pitfall 354 have come upon us,
devastation and destruction. 355
3:49 ע (Ayin)
Tears flow from my eyes 360 and will not stop;
there will be no break 361
3:50 until the
and sees what has happened. 362
all the suffering of the daughters in my city. 365
3:52 צ (Tsade)
For no good reason 366 my enemies
hunted me down 367 like a bird.
3:53 They shut me 368 up in a pit
and threw stones at me.
3:54 The waters closed over my head;
3:55 ק (Qof)
I have called on your name, O
from the deepest pit. 371
“Do not close your ears to my cry for relief!” 374
3:57 You came near 375 on the day I called to you;
you said, 376 “Do not fear!”
3:58 ר (Resh)
you redeemed my life.
3:59 You have seen the wrong done to me, O
pronounce judgment on my behalf! 380
3:60 You have seen all their vengeance,
all their plots against me. 381
3:61 ש (Sin/Shin)
You have heard 382 their taunts, O
all their plots against me.
3:62 My assailants revile and conspire 383
against me all day long.
3:63 Watch them from morning to evening; 384
I am the object of their mocking songs.
3:64 ת (Tav)
3:65 Give them a distraught heart; 389
may your curse be on them!
3:66 Pursue them 390 in anger and eradicate them
from under the
The Prophet Speaks:
4:1 א (Alef)391
pure gold loses value. 394
Jewels 395 are scattered
on every street corner. 396
4:2 ב (Bet)
The precious sons of Zion
were worth their weight in gold –
Alas! – but now they are treated like 397 broken clay pots,
made by a potter. 398
4:3 ג (Gimel)
Even the jackals 399 nurse their young
at their breast, 400
but my people 401 are cruel,
like ostriches 402 in the desert.
4:4 ד (Dalet)
The infant’s tongue sticks
to the roof of its mouth due to thirst;
little children beg for bread, 403
but no one gives them even a morsel. 404
4:5 ה (He)
Those who once feasted on delicacies 405
are now starving to death 406 in the streets.
4:6 ו (Vav)
exceeded that of 413 of Sodom,
which was overthrown in a moment
with no one to help her. 414
4:7 ז (Zayin)
Her consecrated ones 415 were brighter than snow,
whiter than milk;
their bodies more ruddy than corals,
4:8 ח (Khet)
Now their appearance 418 is darker than soot;
they are not recognized in the streets.
Their skin has shriveled on their bones;
it is dried up, like tree bark.
4:9 ט (Tet)
Those who died by the sword 419 are better off
than those who die of hunger, 420
4:10 י (Yod)
The hands of tenderhearted women 426
cooked their own children,
who became their food, 427
4:11 כ (Kaf)
he poured out his fierce anger. 431
He started a fire in Zion;
it consumed her foundations. 432
4:12 ל (Lamed)
Neither the kings of the earth
that enemy or foe would enter
4:13 מ (Mem)
and the iniquities of her priests,
who poured out in her midst
the blood of the righteous.
4:14 נ (Nun)
defiled by the blood they shed, 441
while no one dares 442
to touch their garments.
4:15 ס (Samek)
People cry to them, “Turn away! You are unclean!
Turn away! Turn away! Don’t touch us!”
So they have fled and wander about;
but the nations say, 443 “They may not stay here any longer.”
4:16 פ (Pe)
he no longer watches over them.
They did not honor the priests; 445
they did not show favor to the elders. 446
The People of Jerusalem Lament:
4:17 ע (Ayin)
Our eyes continually failed us
as we looked in vain for help. 447
From our watchtowers we watched
for a nation that could not rescue us.
4:18 צ (Tsade)
so that we could not walk about in our streets.
Our end drew near, our days were numbered, 450
for our end had come!
4:19 ק (Qof)
Those who pursued us were swifter
They chased us over the mountains;
they ambushed us in the wilderness.
4:20 ר (Resh)
Our very life breath – the
was caught in their traps, 454
of whom we thought, 455
“Under his protection 456 we will survive among the nations.”
The Prophet Speaks:
4:21 ש (Sin/Shin)
who reside in the land of Uz.
you will get drunk and take off your clothes.
4:22 ת (Tav)
he will not prolong your exile. 464
and reveal 468 your offenses!