Effects of Servitude - Lamentations 2

Book of Lamentations

Lamentations 2:1 How hath the Lord covered the daughter of Zion  with a cloud in his anger, and cast down from heaven unto  the earth the beauty of Israel, and remembered not his  footstool in the day of his anger! 

Lamentations 2:2 The Lord hath  swallowed up all the habitations of Jacob, and hath not  pitied: he hath thrown down in his wrath the strong holds of  the daughter of Judah; he hath brought them down to the  ground: he hath polluted the kingdom and the princes  thereof. 

Lamentations 2:3 He hath cut off in his fierce anger all the  horn of Israel: he hath drawn back his right hand from  before the enemy, and he burned against Jacob like a  flaming fire, which devoureth round about. 

Lamentations 2:4 He hath  bent his bow like an enemy: he stood with his right hand as  an adversary, and slew all that were pleasant to the eye in  the tabernacle of the daughter of Zion: he poured out his  fury like fire. 

Lamentations 2:5 The Lord was as an enemy: he hath  swallowed up Israel, he hath swallowed up all her palaces:  he hath destroyed his strong holds, and hath increased in the  daughter of Judah mourning and lamentation. 

Lamentations 2:6 And he  hath violently taken away his tabernacle, as if it were of a  garden: he hath destroyed his places of the assembly: the  LORD hath caused the solemn feasts and sabbaths to be  forgotten in Zion, and hath despised in the indignation of  his anger the king and the priest. 

Lamentations 2:7 The Lord hath cast  off his altar, he hath abhorred his sanctuary, he hath given  up into the hand of the enemy the walls of her palaces; they  have made a noise in the house of the LORD, as in the day  of a solemn feast. 

Lamentations 2:8 The LORD hath purposed to  destroy the wall of the daughter of Zion: he hath stretched  out a line, he hath not withdrawn his hand from destroying:  therefore he made the rampart and the wall to lament; they  languished together. 

Lamentations 2:9 Her gates are sunk into the  ground; he hath destroyed and broken her bars: her king and  her princes are among the Gentiles: the law is no more;  her prophets also find no vision from the LORD. 

Lamentations 2:10  The elders of the daughter of Zion sit upon the ground,  and keep silence: they have cast up dust upon their heads;  they have girded themselves with sackcloth: the virgins of  Jerusalem hang down their heads to the ground. 

Lamentations 2:11  Mine eyes do fail with tears, my bowels are troubled, my  liver is poured upon the earth, for the destruction of the  daughter of my people; because the children and the  sucklings swoon in the streets of the city. 

Lamentations 2:12 They say  to their mothers, Where is corn and wine? when they  swooned as the wounded in the streets of the city, when  their soul was poured out into their mothers’ bosom. 

Lamentations 2:13  What thing shall I take to witness for thee? what thing shall  I liken to thee, O daughter of Jerusalem? what shall I equal  to thee, that I may comfort thee, O virgin daughter of Zion?  for thy breach is great like the sea: who can heal thee?  

Lamentations 2:14 Thy prophets have seen vain and foolish things for  thee: and they have not discovered thine iniquity, to turn  away thy captivity; but have seen for thee false burdens and  causes of banishment. 

Lamentations 2:15 All that pass by clap their hands at thee; they hiss and wag their head at the daughter  of Jerusalem, saying, Is this the city that men call The  perfection of beauty, The joy of the whole earth? 

Lamentations 2:16 All  thine enemies have opened their mouth against thee: they  hiss and gnash the teeth: they say, We have swallowed her  up: certainly this is the day that we looked for; we have  found, we have seen it. 

Lamentations 2:17 The LORD hath done  that which he had devised; he hath fulfilled his word that  he had commanded in the days of old: he hath thrown down,  and hath not pitied: and he hath caused thine enemy to  rejoice over thee, he hath set up the horn of thine  adversaries. 

Lamentations 2:18 Their heart cried unto the Lord, O wall  of the daughter of Zion, let tears run down like a river day  and night: give thyself no rest; let not the apple of thine eye  cease. 

Lamentations 2:19 Arise, cry out in the night: in the beginning of  the watches pour out thine heart like water before the face  of the Lord: lift up thy hands toward him for the life of thy  young children, that faint for hunger in the top of every  street.   

Lamentations 2:20 Behold, O LORD, and consider to whom thou hast  done this. Shall the women eat their fruit, and children of  a span long? shall the priest and the prophet be slain in the  sanctuary of the Lord? 

Lamentations 2:21 The young and the old lie on  the ground in the streets: my virgins and my young men are  fallen by the sword; thou hast slain them in the day of  thine anger; thou hast killed, and not pitied. 

Lamentations 2:22 Thou  hast called as in a solemn day my terrors round about, so  that in the day of the LORD’S anger none escaped nor  remained: those that I have swaddled and brought up hath  mine enemy consumed.  KJV