2 How Jehovah has covered the daughter of Zion in the cloud of his anger!
He has thrown down the beauty of Israel from heaven to earth.+
He has not remembered his footstool+ in the day of his anger.
2 Jehovah has swallowed up without compassion all the dwellings of Jacob.
In his fury he has torn down the fortified places of the daughter of Judah.+
He withdrew his right hand when the enemy approached,+
And in Jacob he kept burning like a fire that consumed everything around it.+
He kept killing all those desirable to the eyes.+
He has swallowed down all her towers;
He has destroyed all its fortified places.
And in the daughter of Judah he makes mourning and lamentation abound.
Jehovah has caused festival and sabbath to be forgotten in Zion,
And in his fierce indignation he shows no regard for king and priest.+
He has surrendered the walls of her fortified towers into the hand of the enemy.+
They have raised their voice in the house of Jehovah,+ as on the day of a festival.
He has stretched out the measuring line.+
He has not held back his hand from bringing destruction.*
And he causes rampart and wall to mourn.
Together they have been made weak.
He has destroyed and broken her bars.
Her king and her princes are among the nations.+
They throw dust on their heads and wear sackcloth.+
The virgins of Jerusalem have bowed their heads down to the ground.
My insides* are churning.
Because of the children and infants fainting away in the public squares of the town.+
As they faint away like someone wounded in the public squares of the city,
As their life* ebbs away in their mothers’ arms.
13 What can I use as a witness,
Or to what can I liken you, O daughter of Jerusalem?
To what can I compare you, to comfort you, O virgin daughter of Zion?
And they did not expose your error in order to turn away your captivity,+
But they kept visioning for you false and misleading pronouncements.+
They whistle in amazement+ and shake their heads at the daughter of Jerusalem, saying:
“Is this the city about which they said, ‘It is perfect in beauty, the joy of all the earth’?”+
16 At you all your enemies have opened their mouth.
They whistle and grind their teeth and say: “We have swallowed her down.+
He has torn down without compassion.+
He has let the enemy rejoice over you; he has exalted the strength* of your adversaries.
18 Their heart cries out to Jehovah, O wall of the daughter of Zion.
Let tears stream down like a torrent day and night.
Give yourself no respite, give your eye* no rest.
19 Rise up! Cry out during the night, at the start of the watches.
Pour out your heart like water before the face of Jehovah.
Raise your hands to him for the lives* of your children,
20 See, O Jehovah, and look upon the one with whom you have dealt so harshly.
Or should priests and prophets be killed in the sanctuary of Jehovah?+
You have killed in the day of your anger; you have slaughtered without compassion.+