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!||
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.||
(2:2) "The LORD hath swallowed up all
the habitations of Jacob, and hath not pitied."|
Is God merciful?
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.||
(2:4-8) "The Lord was an enemy."
(2:4)"He hath bent his bow like an enemy ... and slew all that were pleasant to the eye ... he poured out his fury like fire."
(2:5) "The LORD was as an enemy: he hath swallowed up Israel."
|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.
|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.
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. ||
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.||
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hath stretched out a line, he hath not withdrawn his hand from destroying: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
(2:8) "The Lord that ... not withdrawn his hand from destroying."
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.||
(2:9) "Her prophets also find no vision from the LORD."|
The prophets find no vision from God.
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.||
(2:10) "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."|
They put dust on their heads.
They put sackcloth on their loins.
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.
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.||
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?||
(2:14) "Thy prophets have seen vain and foolish things for thee."
(2:15) "All that pass by clap their hands at thee; they hiss and wag their head."
(2:16) "All thine enemies have opened their mouth against thee: they hiss and
gnash the teeth: they say, We have swallowed her up."
(2:17) "The Lord ... hath thrown down, and hath not pitied."
Is God merciful?
God mercilessly kills everyone, young and old. He even causes women to eat their children.
(2:20) "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?"
(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."
Is God merciful?
(2:22) "In the day of the LORD's anger none escaped nor remained."
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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
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?
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.
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.