In this poem the poet first describes Jerusalem's miserable state after the destruction wrought by the Chaldeans (vv 1–11a); in v 11b
the city itself takes up the lament.
They have been plaited … my neck: the sins of the people have been bound together and laid as a yoke on their back; cf Mt 23, 4
My lovers: Zion's foreign allies, who failed to help her, as the prophets had warned.
Zion fully acknowledges her guilt and the justness of divine punishment; nevertheless, she pleads that her enemies also be
punished for their guilt.
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