1Yahweh was extremely angry with us; as a result, it was as though MET he covered Jerusalem with a dark cloud. Previously it was a beautiful/glorious city, but he has caused it to become a ruins. At the time he punished MET Israel, he even abandoned his temple MET in Jerusalem.
2Yahweh destroyed the homes of the people of PRS Judah; he did not act mercifully. Because he was very angry, he broke down the fortresses of Judah. He has caused our kingdom and our rulers to become disgraced, and he has gotten rid of them.
3Because he was extremely angry, he has caused Israel to not be powerful MET anymore. He has refused to assist us when our enemies attacked us. He has destroyed Israel like SIM a raging fire destroys everything.
4He bent his bow to prepare to shoot us, his people, as though we were his enemies. He prepared to kill the people whom we love the most MET, members of our own families. He is extremely angry MTY with us people of Jerusalem; his anger is like SIM a fire.
5Yahweh has become like an enemy to us Israelis; he has destroyed our palaces and caused our fortresses to become ruins. He has gotten rid of many people in Jerusalem, and caused us to mourn and weep for those who were killed.
6He has caused his temple to be smashed as easily as SIM if it was a shelter in a garden. He has caused us, his people, to forget all our sacred festivals and Sabbath days. He has caused our kings and priests to be rejected because he was extremely angry with them.
7Yahweh has rejected his own altar and abandoned his temple. He has allowed our enemies to tear down the walls of our temple and our palaces. They shout victoriously in the temple of Yahweh, like we previously shouted during our sacred festivals.
8Yahweh was determined to cause the walls of our city MTY to be torn down. It was as though he measured the walls and then he completely destroyed MTY them. It was as though he caused the towers and walls to lament/weep, because they were now ruins.
9The city gates have collapsed; the bars that fastened the gates shut have been smashed. The king and his officials have been forced to go to other countries. No longer does anyone teach the people the laws that God gave to Moses. The prophets do not receive any visions because Yahweh does not give them any.
10The old men of Jerusalem MTY sit on the ground, and they say nothing. They wear rough sackcloth and throw dust on their heads to show that they are sad. The young girls of Jerusalem bow down sorrowfully, their faces touching the ground.
11My eyes are very tired because of my tears; I am very grieved in my soul. Because very many of my people have been killed, I grieve and am exhausted. Even children and babies are fainting and dying in the streets because they have no food.
12They cry out to their mothers, “We need RHQ something to eat and drink!” They faint like wounded men in the streets of the city. They slowly die in the arms of their mothers.
13You people of Jerusalem MTY, DOU, ◄what can I/there is nothing that I can► say to help you. No people have RHQ suffered like you are suffering; I do not know what I can do to comfort you. The disaster MET that you have experienced is as great as the ocean is deep; there is no one RHQ who can restore your city.
14The prophets among you claimed that they had seen visions from Yahweh, but what they said was false and worthless. They did not save you from being ◄exiled/forced to go to other countries►, because they did not proclaim that you had sinned. Instead, the messages that they gave you deceived you because they were not true.
15All those who pass by you make fun of IDM you; they shake their heads and they hiss/sneer at you. They say, “Is this that great city of Jerusalem? Is it the city that was the most beautiful city in the world, the city that caused all the people on the earth to be joyful?”
16Now all our enemies scoff IDM at you; they hiss/sneer at you and gnash their teeth to show that they hate you. They say, “We have destroyed them! This is what we longed/waited for, and now it has happened!”
17Yahweh has done what he planned; long ago he threatened to destroy you, and now he has done it. He has destroyed your city without acting mercifully toward you; he has enabled your enemies to he happy about defeating you; he has enabled your enemies to continually become stronger.
18I wish/desire that the walls of Jerusalem APO would cry out to Yahweh! You people of Jerusalem MET, Cry day and night! Let your tears flow like rivers. Do not stop grieving; do not stop crying.
19Get up every night and cry out; tell Yahweh what you are feeling. Raise your arms to plead to him to act mercifully to prevent our children from dying; they are fainting on the street corners because they have no food to eat.
20Yahweh, look, and think about it! Have you ever RHQ caused people to suffer like this before? It is certainly not right that RHQ women are eating the flesh of their own children, the children whom they have always taken care of! It is not right that RHQ priests and prophets are being killed in your own temple!
21The corpses of people of all ages lie in the streets; there are even corpses of young men and young women who have been killed by our enemies' swords. Because you were very angry, you caused them to be killed; you have slaughtered them without pitying them at all.
22You summoned our enemies to attack us from every direction, as though you were calling/inviting them to come to a feast. At that time when you showed that you were very angry, no one escaped. Our enemies murdered our little children, ones whom we took care of and reared/brought up.