Effects of Life Afflictions – Lamentations 1

Book of Lamentations
Lamentations 1:1 How doth the city sit solitary, that was full of  people how is she become as a widow she that was great  among the nations, and princess among the provinces,  how is she become tributary.

Lamentations 1:2 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.  

Lamentations 1:3 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  the straits. 

Lamentations 1:4 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. 

Lamentations 1:5 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 enemy. 

Lamentations 1:6 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. 

Lamentations 1:7 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. 

Lamentations 1:8 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 backward. 

Lamentations 1:9  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. 

Lamentations 1:10 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. 

Lamentations 1:11 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.  

Lamentations 1:12 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 fierce anger. 

Lamentations 1:13 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 day. 

Lamentations 1:14 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. 

Lamentations 1:15 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. 

Lamentations 1:16 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  prevailed. 

Lamentations 1:17 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.  

Lamentations 1:18 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. 

Lamentations 1:19 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.   

Lamentations 1:20 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. 

Lamentations 1:21 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. 

Lamentations 1:22 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.  


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