Bible: Lamentations 1
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