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  • Lamentations 1:1-6

    Jerusalem’s suffering

    Oh, no!
    She sits alone, the city that was once full of people.
    Once great among nations, she has become like a widow.
    Once a queen over provinces, she has become a slave.

    She weeps bitterly in the night, her tears on her cheek.
    None of her lovers comfort her.
        All her friends lied to her; they have become her enemies.

    Judah was exiled after suffering and hard service.
    She lives among the nations; she finds no rest.
    All who were chasing her caught her—
    right in the middle of her distress.

    Zion’s roads are in mourning; no one comes to the festivals.
    All her gates are deserted. Her priests are groaning,
    her young women grieving. She is bitter.

    Her adversaries have become rulers; her enemies relax.
    Certainly the Lord caused her grief because of her many wrong acts.
    Her children have gone away, captive before the enemy.

    Daughter Zion lost all her glory.
    Her officials are like deer that can’t find pasture.
    They have gone away, frail, before the hunter.

  • Lamentations 3:19-26

    19 The memory of my suffering and homelessness is bitterness and poison.
    20 I can’t help but remember and am depressed.
    21 I call all this to mind—therefore, I will wait.

    22 Certainly the faithful love of the Lord hasn’t ended; certainly God’s compassion isn’t through!
    23 They are renewed every morning. Great is your faithfulness.
    24 I think: The Lord is my portion! Therefore, I’ll wait for him.

    25 The Lord is good to those who hope in him, to the person who seeks him.
    26 It’s good to wait in silence for the Lord’s deliverance.