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The Catholic Study Bible A special version of the New American Bible, with a wealth of background information useful to Catholics.

Chapter 2

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The Lord's Wrath against Zion

1How the Lord in his wrath has detested daughter Zion! He has cast down from heaven to earth the glory of Israel,* Unmindful of his footstool on the day of his wrath.

2The Lord has consumed without pity all the dwellings of Jacob; He has torn down in his anger the fortresses of daughter Judah; He has brought to the ground in dishonor her king and her princes.

3He broke off, in fiery wrath, the horn* that was Israel's whole strength; He withheld the support of his right hand when the enemy approached; He blazed up in Jacob like a flaming fire devouring all about it. o Lam 1, 12 .

4Like an enemy he made taut his bow; with his arrows in his right hand He took his stand as a foe, and slew all on whom the eye doted; Over the tent of daughter Zion he poured out his wrath like fire. p Jer 30, 14 .

5The Lord has become an enemy, he has consumed Israel: Consumed all her castles and destroyed her fortresses; For daughter Judah he has multiplied moaning and groaning.

6He has demolished his shelter like a garden booth, he has destroyed his dwelling; In Zion the LORD has made feast and sabbath to be forgotten; He has scorned in fierce wrath both king and priest. q Lam 1, 4; Is 1, 13; 5, 5 .

7The Lord has disowned his altar, rejected his sanctuary; The walls of her towers he has handed over to the enemy, Who shout in the house of the LORD as on a feast day. r Ez 24, 21 .

8The LORD marked for destruction the wall of daughter Zion: He stretched out the measuring line;* his hand brought ruin, yet he did not relent— He brought grief on wall and rampart till both succumbed. s Jer 52, 13 .

9Sunk into the ground are her gates; he has removed and broken her bars. Her king and her princes are among the pagans; priestly instruction is wanting, And her prophets have not received any vision from the LORD. t Dt 28, 36 .

10On the ground in silence sit the old men of daughter Zion; They strew dust* on their heads and gird themselves with sackcloth; The maidens of Jerusalem bow their heads to the ground. u Is 3, 26 .

11Worn out from weeping are my eyes, within me all is in ferment; My gall is poured out on the ground* because of the downfall of the daughter of my people, As child and infant faint away in the open spaces of the town. v Lam 3, 48 .

12They ask their mothers, “Where is the cereal?”—in vain, As they faint away like the wounded in the streets of the city, And breathe their last in their mothers' arms. w Lam 1, 11 .

13To what can I liken or compare you, O daughter Jerusalem? What example can I show you for your comfort, virgin daughter Zion? For great as the sea is your downfall; who can heal you? x Lam 1, 12 .

14Your prophets had for you false and specious visions; They did not lay bare your guilt, to avert your fate; They beheld for you in vision false and misleading portents. y Is 58, 1; Jer 2, 8; 23, 16 .

15All who pass by clap their hands at you; They hiss and wag their heads over daughter Jerusalem: “Is this the all‐beautiful city, the joy of the whole earth?” z Jer 18, 16 .

16All your enemies open their mouths against you; They hiss and gnash their teeth. They say, “We have devoured her. This at last is the day we hoped for; we have lived to see it!” a Lam 3, 46 .

17The LORD has done as he decreed: he has fulfilled the threat He set forth from days of old; he has destroyed and had no pity, Letting the enemy gloat over you and exalting the horn of your foes. b Dt 28, 15 .

18Cry out to the Lord; moan, O daughter Zion! Let your tears flow like a torrent day and night; Let there be no respite for you, no repose for your eyes.

19Rise up, shrill in the night, at the beginning of every watch; Pour out your heart like water in the presence of the Lord; Lift up your hands to him for the lives of your little ones [Who faint from hunger at the corner of every street].

20“Look, O LORD, and consider: whom have you ever treated thus? Must women eat their offspring,* their well‐formed children? Are priest and prophet to be slain in the sanctuary of the LORD? c Lam 4, 10 .

21“Dead in the dust of the streets lie young and old; My maidens and young men have fallen by the sword; You have slain on the day of your wrath, slaughtered without pity. d Lam 3, 43; 2 Chr 36, 17; Jer 6, 11 .

22“You summoned as for a feast day terrors against me from all sides; There was not, on the day of your wrath, either fugitive or survivor; Those whom I bore and reared my enemy has utterly destroyed.” e Jer 42, 17 .


o: Lam 1, 12 .

p: Jer 30, 14 .

q: Lam 1, 4; Is 1, 13; 5, 5 .

r: Ez 24, 21 .

s: Jer 52, 13 .

t: Dt 28, 36 .

u: Is 3, 26 .

v: Lam 3, 48 .

w: Lam 1, 11 .

x: Lam 1, 12 .

y: Is 58, 1; Jer 2, 8; 23, 16 .

z: Jer 18, 16 .

a: Lam 3, 46 .

b: Dt 28, 15 .

c: Lam 4, 10 .

d: Lam 3, 43; 2 Chr 36, 17; Jer 6, 11 .

e: Jer 42, 17 .

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