Jeremiah lamenteth the misery of Jerusalem.
Lamentations 2:1 How hath the Lord couered the daughter of Zion with a cloud, in his anger, [and] cast downe from heauen vnto the earth the beautie of Israel, and remembred not his footstoole in the day of his anger? Lamentations 2:2 The Lord hath swallowed vp all the habitations of Iacob, and hath not pitied: he hath throwen downe in his wrath the strong holds of the daughter of Iudah: he hath brought [them] down to the ground: hee hath polluted the kingdome and the princes thereof. Lamentations 2:3 He hath cut off in his fierce anger all the horne of Israel: he hath drawen backe his right hand from before the enemy, and he burned against Iacob like a flaming fire [which] deuoureth round about. Lamentations 2:4 He hath bent his bow like an enemy: he stood with his right hand as an aduersary, and slew all that were pleasant to the eye, in the tabernacle of the daughter of Zion: he powred out his furie like fire. Lamentations 2:5 The Lord was as an enemie: he hath swallowed vp Israel, hee hath swallowed vp all her palaces: he hath destroyed his strong holds, and hath increased in the daughter of Iudah mourning and lamentation. Lamentations 2:6 And he hath violently taken away his tabernacle, as [if it were of] a garden, hee hath destroyed his places of the assembly: the LORD hath caused the solemne 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: hee hath abhorred his Sanctuarie: he hath giuen vp into the hand of the enemie the walles of her palaces: they haue made a noise in the house of the LORD, as in the day of a solemne 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 withdrawen his hand from destroying: therefore hee made the rampart and the wall to lament: they languished together. Lamentations 2:9 Her gates are sunke into the ground: he hath destroyed and broken her barres: her King and her Princes [are] among the Gentiles: the Law [is] no [more], her prophets also finde no vision from the LORD. Lamentations 2:10 The Elders of the daughter of Zion sit vpon the ground [and] keepe silence: they haue cast vp dust vpon their heads: they haue girded themselues with sackcloth: the virgins of Ierusalem hang downe their heades to the ground. Lamentations 2:11 Mine eyes doe faile with teares: my bowels are troubled: my liuer is powred vpon the earth, for the destruction of the daughter of my people, because the children and the sucklings swoone in the streets of the citie. Lamentations 2:12 They say to their mothers, Where [is] corne and wine? when they swooned as the wounded in the streets of the citie, when their soule was powred out into their mothers bosome. Lamentations 2:13 What thing shall I take to witnesse for thee? what thing shall I liken to thee, O daughter of Ierusalem? what shall I equal to thee, that I may comfort thee, O Uirgin daughter of Zion? for thy breach [is] great like the sea: who can heale thee? Lamentations 2:14 Thy Prophets haue seene vaine and foolish things for thee, and they haue not discouered thine iniquitie, to turne away thy captiuitie: but haue seene for thee false burdens, and causes of banishment. Lamentations 2:15 All that passe by, clap their hands at thee: they hisse and wagge their head at the daughter of Ierusalem, [saying, Is] this the citie that men call the perfection of beauty, the ioy of the whole earth? Lamentations 2:16 All thine enemies haue opened their mouth against thee: they hisse and gnash the teeth: they say, We haue swallowed [her] vp: certainly this [is] the day that we looked for: we haue found, we haue seene [it]. Lamentations 2:17 The LORD hath done that which he had deuised: he hath fulfilled his word that he had commanded in the dayes of old: hee hath throwen downe and hath not pitied: and he hath caused thine enemie to reioyce ouer thee, hee hath set vp the horne of thine aduersaries. Lamentations 2:18 Their heart cried vnto the Lord, O wall of the daughter of Zion, let teares runne downe like a riuer, day and night: giue thy selfe no rest, let not the apple of thine eyes cease. Lamentations 2:19 Arise, cry out in the night: in the beginning of the watches powre out thine heart like water before the face of the Lord: lift vp thy handes toward him, for the life of thy yong children, that faint for hunger in the top of euery streete.
He complaineth thereof to God.
Lamentations 2:20 Behold, O LORD, and consider to whom thou hast done this: shal the women eat their fruit, [and] children of a spanne long? shall the priest and the prophet be slaine in the Sanctuary of the Lord? Lamentations 2:21 The yong and the old lye on the ground in the streets: my virgins and my yong men are fallen by the sword: thou hast slaine [them] in the day of thy anger: thou hast killed, and not pitied. Lamentations 2:22 Thou hast called as in a solemne day my terrours round about, so that in the day of the LORDS anger, none escaped nor remained: those that I haue swadled and brought vp, hath mine enemy consumed.