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Lamentations 1

posted 2 Apr 2012, 05:55 by Mark Broomhead

Worthless, Cheap, Abject!

 1Oh, oh, oh... How empty the city, once teeming with people. 
   A widow, this city, once in the front rank of nations, 
   once queen of the ball, she's now a drudge in the kitchen.

 2She cries herself to sleep each night, tears soaking her pillow. 
   No one's left among her lovers to sit and hold her hand. 
   Her friends have all dumped her.

 3After years of pain and hard labor, Judah has gone into exile. 
   She camps out among the nations, never feels at home. 
   Hunted by all, she's stuck between a rock and a hard place.

 4Zion's roads weep, empty of pilgrims headed to the feasts. 
   All her city gates are deserted, her priests in despair. 
   Her virgins are sad. How bitter her fate.

 5Her enemies have become her masters. Her foes are living it up 
   because God laid her low, punishing her repeated rebellions. 
   Her children, prisoners of the enemy, trudge into exile.

 6All beauty has drained from Daughter Zion's face. 
   Her princes are like deer famished for food, 
   chased to exhaustion by hunters.

 7Jerusalem remembers the day she lost everything, 
   when her people fell into enemy hands, and not a soul there to help. 
   Enemies looked on and laughed, laughed at her helpless silence.

 8Jerusalem, who outsinned the whole world, is an outcast. 
   All who admired her despise her now that they see beneath the surface. 
   Miserable, she groans and turns away in shame.

 9She played fast and loose with life, she never considered tomorrow, 
   and now she's crashed royally, with no one to hold her hand: 
   "Look at my pain, O God! And how the enemy cruelly struts."

 10The enemy reached out to take all her favorite things. She watched 
   as pagans barged into her Sanctuary, those very people for whom 
   you posted orders: keep out: this assembly off-limits.

 11All the people groaned, so desperate for food, so desperate to stay alive 
   that they bartered their favorite things for a bit of breakfast: 
   "O God, look at me! Worthless, cheap, abject!

 12"And you passersby, look at me! Have you ever seen anything like this? 
   Ever seen pain like my pain, seen what he did to me, 
   what God did to me in his rage?