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Lamentations 1 - NIV

1
How deserted lies the city,
once so full of people!
How like a widow is she,
who once was great among the nations!
She who was queen among the provinces
has now become a slave.

2

Bitterly she weeps at night,
tears are on her cheeks.
Among all her lovers
there is no one to comfort her.
All her friends have betrayed her;
they have become her enemies.

3

After affliction and harsh labor,
Judah has gone into exile.
She dwells among the nations;
she finds no resting place.
All who pursue her have overtaken her
in the midst of her distress.

4

The roads to Zion mourn,
for no one comes to her appointed festivals.
All her gateways are desolate,
her priests groan,
her young women grieve,
and she is in bitter anguish.

5

Her foes have become her masters;
her enemies are at ease.
The Lord has brought her grief
because of her many sins.
Her children have gone into exile,
captive before the foe.

6

All the splendor has departed
from Daughter Zion.
Her princes are like deer
that find no pasture;
in weakness they have fled
before the pursuer.

7

In the days of her affliction and wandering
Jerusalem remembers all the treasures
that were hers in days of old.
When her people fell into enemy hands,
there was no one to help her.
Her enemies looked at her
and laughed at her destruction.

8

Jerusalem has sinned greatly
and so has become unclean.
All who honored her despise her,
for they have all seen her naked;
she herself groans
and turns away.

9

Her filthiness clung to her skirts;
she did not consider her future.
Her fall was astounding;
there was none to comfort her.
“Look, Lord, on my affliction,
for the enemy has triumphed.”

10

The enemy laid hands
on all her treasures;
she saw pagan nations
enter her sanctuary—
those you had forbidden
to enter your assembly.

11

All her people groan
as they search for bread;
they barter their treasures for food
to keep themselves alive.
“Look, Lord, and consider,
for I am despised.”

12

“Is it nothing to you, all you who pass by?
Look around and see.
Is any suffering like my suffering
that was inflicted on me,
that the Lord brought on me
in the day of his fierce anger?

13

“From on high he sent fire,
sent it down into my bones.
He spread a net for my feet
and turned me back.
He made me desolate,
faint all the day long.

14

“My sins have been bound into a yoke[a] ;
by his hands they were woven together.
They have been hung on my neck,
and the Lord has sapped my strength.
He has given me into the hands
of those I cannot withstand.

15

“The Lord has rejected
all the warriors in my midst;
he has summoned an army against me
to[b] crush my young men.
In his winepress the Lord has trampled
Virgin Daughter Judah.

16

“This is why I weep
and my eyes overflow with tears.
No one is near to comfort me,
no one to restore my spirit.
My children are destitute
because the enemy has prevailed.”

17

Zion stretches out her hands,
but there is no one to comfort her.
The Lord has decreed for Jacob
that his neighbors become his foes;
Jerusalem has become
an unclean thing among them.

18

“The Lord is righteous,
yet I rebelled against his command.
Listen, all you peoples;
look on my suffering.
My young men and young women
have gone into exile.

19

“I called to my allies
but they betrayed me.
My priests and my elders
perished in the city
while they searched for food
to keep themselves alive.

20

“See, Lord, how distressed I am!
I am in torment within,
and in my heart I am disturbed,
for I have been most rebellious.
Outside, the sword bereaves;
inside, there is only death.

21

“People have heard my groaning,
but there is no one to comfort me.
All my enemies have heard of my distress;
they rejoice at what you have done.
May you bring the day you have announced
so they may become like me.

22

“Let all their wickedness come before you;
deal with them
as you have dealt with me
because of all my sins.
My groans are many
and my heart is faint.”

Footnotes

a. Lamentations 1:14 Most Hebrew manuscripts; many Hebrew manuscripts and Septuagint He kept watch over my sins
b. Lamentations 1:15 Or has set a time for mewhen he will


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Shared by: Craig Benner on Mar, 2012
Summary: When the pursuer is at your heels and you are exhausted; it can look like the battle is all but over. That is when you can do the right thing "get broken" before God. He will change the whole scheme of things and you will become the pursuer and have the
Scripture: Lamentations 1:6
Denomination: Pentecostal
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Shared by: Daniel Olukoya on Jan, 2012
Summary: What a tragic lamentation. The runner is in big trouble because he is being pursued but has no strength. Somebody that is pursued cannot relax. If he has no strength then he is already a prey, a casualty.
based on 72 ratings
Scripture: Lamentations 1:6
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Ronnie Miller avatar
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Shared by: Ronnie Miller on Aug, 2011
Summary: He morns and weeps for the people and that's what this book is all about....lament....but more than one...is called lamentations
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 944
Jimmy Chapman avatar
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Shared by: Jimmy Chapman on Mar, 2011
Summary: A look at Jeremiah’s question about the condition of Jerusalem and how it applies today
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Lamentations 1:12
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,080
Johnny Palmer avatar
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Shared by: Johnny Palmer on Mar, 2010
Summary: Sin is not worth the priced tag!
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: Lamentations 1:1
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Views: 1,400
Monte Brown avatar
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Shared by: Monte Brown on Mar, 2009
Summary: Look around you today it seems that there is a parallel between Jerusalem (Israel) and America.
Scripture: Lamentations 1:1-8
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Views: 736
Tom Shepard avatar
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Shared by: Tom Shepard on Feb, 2009
Summary: This is a series of readings through the book of Lamentations.
based on 22 ratings
Denomination: Independent Bible
Views: 1,667
Tom Shepard avatar
Letters of Lament - Reading #1
Shared by: Tom Shepard on Feb, 2009
Summary: This is a series of readings through the Book of Lamentations.
based on 20 ratings
Scripture: Lamentations 1:1-11
Denomination: Independent Bible
Views: 2,127
Joseph Smith avatar
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Shared by: Joseph Smith on Jan, 2009
Summary: God is not committed to maintaining a church just because it is there. His commitment is to maintain us if we show compassion, particularly on the young. Restoration of our church life in challenging times begins with repentance, self-examination.
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Jerry Stepp avatar
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Shared by: Jerry Stepp on Nov, 2008
Summary: Taking time to place those things that are important to the life of a saint
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Scripture: Lamentations 1:12
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Views: 833
Ed Wood avatar
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Shared by: Ed Wood on Jul, 2008
Summary: This message is a contrast between two yokes. The yoke of sin, and the yoke of Jesus Christ
based on 4 ratings
Scripture: Lamentations 1:14
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Views: 1,178
Jefferson Williams avatar
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Shared by: Jefferson Williams on May, 2008
Summary: Based on the book of Lamentations, this sermon deals with how to handle grief
based on 4 ratings
Views: 1,362
Joseph Smith avatar
It Is Not a Nothing
Shared by: Joseph Smith on Mar, 2008
Summary: We excuse everything with "I don’t care", but when we see the eyes of those we have offended and hear them speak, we know that we have hurt them. When we see Christ and hear Him at the cross, we can no longer pretend that we don’t care.
based on 2 ratings
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Views: 1,453
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Shared by: David Moore on Jan, 2008
Summary: Following the destruction of Jerusalem, and the captivity of Judah, Jeremiah shows how we may find God’s presence at the heart of our sufferings.
based on 6 ratings
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 2,043
Scott Chambers avatar
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Shared by: Scott Chambers on Aug, 2007
Summary: This is a message in a series on the Book of Lamentations.
based on 5 ratings
Scripture: Lamentations 1:1-22
Views: 2,026
Scott Chambers avatar
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Shared by: Scott Chambers on Aug, 2007
Summary: This is a message in a series of sermons from the book of Lamentations. This particular message is a survey of the book.
based on 10 ratings
Views: 1,496
Brian Buriff avatar
Grief-Crisis Counseling
Shared by: Brian Buriff on Apr, 2007
Summary: When tragedy strikes someone near you, how will you help them? Seven (7) ways to effectively help those in crisis-grief. A practical follow-up teaching sermon developed just after the April 16th (2007)Virginia Tech Shootings. A biblical view of the gri
based on 18 ratings
Scripture: Lamentations 1:1-21
Denomination: Church Of God
Views: 1,177
Gregory  Neill avatar
Death of a City
Shared by: Gregory Neill on Jan, 2007
Summary: Part 1 in a series on Lamentations. This lesson looks at the causes of Jerusalem’s destruction.
based on 3 ratings
Scripture: Lamentations 1:1-11
Views: 524
Gregory  Neill avatar
The Righteousness of God
Shared by: Gregory Neill on Jan, 2007
Summary: Part 2 in a series on Lamentations. Highlights the consequences of rebelling against God.
based on 3 ratings
Views: 783
Pastor Yolito de Gracia avatar
The Awful Consequences of Sin
Shared by: Pastor Yolito de Gracia on Sep, 2006
Summary: Lamentation means wailing, great mourning, and weeping. Let our text today be a strong warning for all of us that if we live in sin and allow sin, to have dominion over us, then we will experience those awful consequences of sin, for it is the just a
based on 25 ratings
Scripture: Lamentations 1:1-8
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Views: 4,553
Jeremy  Houck avatar
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Shared by: Jeremy Houck on Jun, 2005
Summary: In times of crisis I have often wondered why God doesn’t seem to be faithful to His promises. For example, haven’t you ever frowned doubtfully when reading, "Whatever you ask in prayer you will receive"? Or how about, "Ask and it will be given to you"? Or
based on 54 ratings
Views: 6,823
Scott LeFebvre avatar
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Shared by: Scott LeFebvre on Oct, 2004
Summary: A call to pursue your destiny in God by leaving your past, looking beyond the present, & living for the future. (Props to James Emery White from whom I shamelessly stole the three levels of living.
based on 8 ratings
Scripture: Lamentations 1:1-9
Views: 655
Howard Innis avatar
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Shared by: Howard Innis on Sep, 2002
Summary: In a culture that is given to watching and talking (Spectators) the task of the church is to present the gospel as a doing and acting faith.
based on 27 ratings
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Denomination: Holiness
Views: 1,474
MELVIN NEWLAND avatar
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Shared by: MELVIN NEWLAND on Aug, 2002
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based on 265 ratings
Scripture: Lamentations 1:1-12
Views: 7,986
James May avatar
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Shared by: James May on Aug, 2001
Summary: God’s love for a nation includes the judgments that must come to turn that nation from spiritual adultery to the worship of the true God.
based on 47 ratings
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 1,052