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Lamentations 2 - NIV


My eyes fail from weeping,
I am in torment within;
my heart is poured out on the ground
because my people are destroyed,
because children and infants faint
in the streets of the city.


They say to their mothers,
“Where is bread and wine?”
as they faint like the wounded
in the streets of the city,
as their lives ebb away
in their mothers’ arms.


What can I say for you?
With what can I compare you,
Daughter Jerusalem?
To what can I liken you,
that I may comfort you,
Virgin Daughter Zion?
Your wound is as deep as the sea.
Who can heal you?


The visions of your prophets
were false and worthless;
they did not expose your sin
to ward off your captivity.
The prophecies they gave you
were false and misleading.


All who pass your way
clap their hands at you;
they scoff and shake their heads
at Daughter Jerusalem:
“Is this the city that was called
the perfection of beauty,
the joy of the whole earth?”


All your enemies open their mouths
wide against you;
they scoff and gnash their teeth
and say, “We have swallowed her up.
This is the day we have waited for;
we have lived to see it.”


The Lord has done what he planned;
he has fulfilled his word,
which he decreed long ago.
He has overthrown you without pity,
he has let the enemy gloat over you,
he has exalted the horn[a] of your foes.


The hearts of the people
cry out to the Lord.
You walls of Daughter Zion,
let your tears flow like a river
day and night;
give yourself no relief,
your eyes no rest.


Arise, cry out in the night,
as the watches of the night begin;
pour out your heart like water
in the presence of the Lord.
Lift up your hands to him
for the lives of your children,
who faint from hunger
at every street corner.


“Look, Lord, and consider:
Whom have you ever treated like this?
Should women eat their offspring,
the children they have cared for?
Should priest and prophet be killed
in the sanctuary of the Lord?


“Young and old lie together
in the dust of the streets;
my young men and young women
have fallen by the sword.
You have slain them in the day of your anger;
you have slaughtered them without pity.


“As you summon to a feast day,
so you summoned against me terrors on every side.
In the day of the Lord’s anger
no one escaped or survived;
those I cared for and reared
my enemy has destroyed.”


a. Lamentations 2:17 Horn here symbolizes strength.

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Tom Shepard avatar
Letters of Lament - Reading #3
Shared by: Tom Shepard on Mar, 2009
Summary: This is a series of readings through the book of Lamentations.
based on 20 ratings
Scripture: Lamentations 2:1-22
Denomination: Independent Bible
Views: 1,816
Scott Chambers avatar
What Happens When Choose to Go Your Own Way
Shared by: Scott Chambers on Aug, 2007
Summary: This is a message in a series from the book of Lamentations
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Lamentations 2:1-22
Views: 1,270
Gregory  Neill avatar
Before and After
Shared by: Gregory Neill on Jan, 2007
Summary: Part 3 in a series on Lamentations. Comparison of fatihful Isreal and the Isreal of captivity
Scripture: Lamentations 2:1-22
Views: 530
Chris Tiller avatar
How (Questions in the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina)
Shared by: Chris Tiller on Oct, 2005
Summary: How could God have let this happen? How can we speak to God of what has happened? How can we respond to the need before us?
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Denomination: Presbyterian/Reformed
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Brian Bill avatar
Why do Bad Things Happen?
Shared by: Brian Bill on May, 2003
Summary: It’s easy to think that bad things happen because God is out to get us. That’s not true. The Bible establishes some reasons why things don’t turn out they way we’d like – personal sin, corporate sin, and evil influences. While we can’t insulate ourselv
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Robbie Parsons avatar
Feed the Children
Shared by: Robbie Parsons on Jan, 2003
Summary: A sermon designed to stress the importance of evangelizing children. A real heart tugger...
based on 50 ratings
Denomination: Independent/Bible
Views: 936
Michael Bell avatar
Confessions of a Sissy Preacher
Shared by: Michael Bell on Oct, 2000
Summary: The prophet Jeremiah implicitly revealed the responsibilities of the true preacher.
based on 92 ratings
Scripture: Lamentations 2:14
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,365