1 And it came to pass, after Israel was taken captive, and Jerusalem made desolate, [that] Jeremias sat weeping, and lamented [with] this lamentation over Jerusalem, and said ALEPH. How does the city that was filled with people sit solitary! she is become as a widow: she that was magnified among the nations, [and] princess among the provinces, has become tributary. 2 BETH. She weeps sore in the night, and her tears are on her cheeks; and thee is none of all her lovers to comfort her: all that were her friends have dealt deceitfully with her, they are become her enemies. 3 GIMEL. Judea is gone into captivity by reason of her affliction, and by reason of the abundance of her servitude: she dwells among the nations, she has not found rest: all her pursuers have overtaken her between her oppressors. 4 DALETH. The ways of Sion mourn, because there are none that come to the feast: all her gates are ruined: her priests groan, her virgins are led captive, and she is in bitterness in herself. 5 HE. Her oppressors are become the head, and her enemies have prospered; for the Lord has afflicted her because of the multitude of her sins: her young children are gone into captivity before the face of the oppressor. 6 VAU. And all her beauty has been taken away from the daughter of Sion: her princes were as rams finding no pasture, and are gone [away] in weakness before the face of the pursuer. 7 ZAIN. Jerusalem remembered the days of her affliction, and her rejection; [she thought on] all her desirable things which were from the days of old, when her people fell into the hands of the oppressor, and there was none to help her: when her enemies saw [it] they laughed at her habitation. 8 HETH. Jerusalem has sinned a [great] sin; therefore has she come into tribulation, all that used to honour her have afflicted her, for they have seen her shame: yea, she herself groaned, and turned backward. 9 TETH. Her uncleanness is before her feet; she remembered not her last end; she has lowered her boasting [tone], there is none to comfort her. Behold, O Lord, my affliction: for the enemy has magnified himself. 10 JOD. The oppressor has stretched out his hand on all her desirable things: for she has seen the Gentiles entering into her sanctuary, [concerning] whom thou didst command that they should not enter into thy congregation. 11 CHAPH. All her people groan, seeking bread: they have given their desirable things for meat, to restore their soul: behold, Lord, and look; for she is become dishonoured. 12 LAMED. All ye that pass by the way, turn, and see if there is sorrow like to my sorrow, which has happened [to me]. The Lord who spoke by me has afflicted me in the day of his fierce anger. 13 MEM. He has sent fire from his lofty habitation, he has brought it into my bones: he has spread a net for my feet, he has turned me back: he has made me desolate [and] mourning all the day. 14 NUN. He has watched over my sins, they are twined about my hands, they have come up on my neck: my strength has failed; for the Lord has laid pains on my hands, I shall not be able to stand. 15 SAMECH. The Lord has cut off all my strong men from the midst of me: he has summoned against me a time for crushing my choice men: the Lord has trodden a wine-press for the virgin daughter of Juda: for these things I weep. 16 AIN. Mine eye has poured out water, because he that should comfort me, that should restore my soul, has been removed far from me: my sons have been destroyed, because the enemy has prevailed. 17 PHE. Sion has spread out her hand, [and] there is none to comfort her: the Lord has commanded [concerning] Jacob, his oppressors are round about him: Jerusalem has become among them as a removed woman. 18 TSADE. The Lord is righteous; for I have provoked his mouth: hear, I pray you, all people, and behold my grief: my virgins and my young men are gone into captivity. 19 KOPH. I called my lovers, but they deceived me: my priests and my elders failed in the city; for they sought meat that they might restore their souls, and found [it] not. 20 RHECHS. Behold, O Lord; for I am afflicted: my belly is troubled, and my heart is turned within me; for I have been grievously rebellious: abroad the sword has bereaved me, even as death at home. 21 CHSEN. Hear, I pray you, for I groan: there is none to comfort me: all mine enemies have heard [of] mine afflictions, and rejoice because thou hast done [it]: thou hast brought on the day, thou hast called the time: they are become like to me. 22 THAU. Let all their wickedness come before thy face; and strip them, as they have made a gleaning for all my sins: for my groans are many, and my heart is grieved.
ΚΑΙ ἐγένετο μετὰ τὸ αἰχμαλωσθῆναι τὸν ᾿Ισραήλ, καὶ ῾Ιερουσαλὴμ ἐρημωθῆναι, ἐκάθισεν ῾Ιερεμίας κλαίων, καὶ ἐθρήνησε τὸν θρῆνον τοῦτον ἐπὶ ῾Ιερουσαλὴμ καὶ εἶπε·
1 Πῶς ἐκάθισε μόνη ἡ πόλις ἡ πεπληθυμμένη λαῶν; ἐγενήθη ὡς χήρα πεπληθυμμένη ἐν ἔθνεσιν, ἄρχουσα ἐν χώραις ἐγενήθη εἰς φόρον. 2 Κλαίουσα ἔκλαυσεν ἐν νυκτί, καὶ τὰ δάκρυα αὐτῆς ἐπὶ τῶν σιαγόνων αὐτῆς, καὶ οὐχ ὑπάρχει ὁ παρακαλῶν αὐτὴν ἀπὸ πάντων τῶν ἀγαπώντων αὐτήν· πάντες οἱ φιλοῦντες αὐτὴν ἠθέτησαν ἐν αὐτῇ, ἐγένοντο αὐτῇ εἰς ἐχθρούς. 3 Μετῳκίσθη ᾿Ιουδαία ἀπὸ ταπεινώσεως αὐτῆς καὶ ἀπὸ πλήθους δουλείας αὐτῆς· ἐκάθισεν ἐν ἔθνεσιν, οὐχ εὗρεν ἀνάπαυσιν· πάντες οἱ καταδιώκοντες αὐτὴν κατέλαβον αὐτὴν ἀναμέσον τῶν θλιβόντων. 4 ῾Οδοὶ Σιὼν πενθοῦσι παρὰ τὸ μὴ εἶναι ἐρχομένους ἐν ἑορτῇ· πᾶσαι αἱ πύλαι αὐτῆς ἠφανισμέναι, οἱ ἱερεῖς αὐτῆς ἀναστενάζουσιν, αἱ παρθένοι αὐτῆς ἀγόμεναι, καὶ αὐτὴ πικραινομένη ἐν ἑαυτῇ. 5 ᾿Εγένοντο οἱ θλίβοντες αὐτὴν εἰς κεφαλήν, καὶ οἱ ἐχθροὶ αὐτῆς εὐθηνοῦσαν, ὅτι Κύριος ἐταπείνωσεν αὐτὴν ἐπὶ τὸ πλῆθος τῶν ἀσεβειῶν αὐτῆς· τὰ νήπια αὐτῆς ἐπορεύθησαν ἐν αἰχμαλωσίᾳ κατὰ πρόσωπον θλίβοντος. 6 Καὶ ἐξῄρθη ἐκ θυγατρὸς Σιὼν πᾶσα ἡ εὐπρέπεια αὐτῆς· ἐγένοντο οἱ ἄρχοντες αὐτῆς ὡς κριοὶ οὐχ εὑρίσκοντες νομὴν καὶ ἐπορεύοντο ἐν οὐκ ἰσχύϊ κατὰ πρόσωπον διώκοντος. 7 ᾿Εμνήσθη ῾Ιερουσαλὴμ ἡμερῶν ταπεινώσεως αὐτῆς καὶ ἀπωσμῶν αὐτῆς· πάντα τὰ ἐπιθυμήματα αὐτῆς, ὅσα ἦν ἐξ ἡμερῶν ἀρχαίων, ἐν τῷ πεσεῖν τὸν λαὸν αὐτῆς εἰς χεῖρας θλίβοντος καὶ οὐκ ἦν ὁ βοηθῶν αὐτῇ, ἰδόντες οἱ ἐχθροὶ αὐτῆς ἐγέλασαν ἐπὶ μετοικεσίᾳ αὐτῆς. 8 ῾Αμαρτίαν ἥμαρτεν ᾿Ιερουσαλήμ, διὰ τοῦτο εἰς σάλον ἐγένετο· πάντες οἱ δοξάζοντες αὐτὴν ἐταπείνωσαν αὐτήν, εἶδον γὰρ τὴν ἀσχημοσύνην αὐτῆς, καί γε αὐτὴ στενάζουσα καὶ ἀπεστράφη ὀπίσω. 9 ᾿Ακαθαρσία αὐτῆς πρὸς ποδῶν αὐτῆς, οὐκ ἐμνήσθη ἔσχατα αὐτῆς· καὶ κατεβίβασεν ὑπέρογκα, οὐκ ἔστιν ὁ παρακαλῶν αὐτήν· ἰδέ, Κύριε, τὴν ταπείνωσίν μου, ὅτι ἐμεγαλύνθη ὁ ἐχθρός. 10 Χεῖρα αὐτοῦ ἐξεπέτασε θλίβων ἐπὶ πάντα τὰ ἐπιθυμήματα αὐτῆς· εἶδε γὰρ ἔθνη εἰσελθόντα εἰς τὸ ἁγίασμα αὐτῆς, ἃ ἐνετείλω μὴ εἰσελθεῖν αὐτὰ εἰς ἐκκλησίαν σου. 11 Πᾶς ὁ λαὸς αὐτῆς καταστενάζοντες, ζητοῦντες ἄρτον, ἔδωκαν τὰ ἐπιθυμήματα αὐτῆς ἐν βρώσει τοῦ ἐπιτστρέψαι ψυχήν· ἰδέ, Κύριε, καὶ ἐπίβλεψον, ὅτι ἐγενήθη ἠτιμωμένη. 12 Οἱ πρὸς ὑμᾶς πάντες παραπορευόμενοι ὁδόν, ἐπιστρέψατε καὶ ἴδετε εἰ ἔστιν ἄλγος κατὰ τὸ ἄλγος μου, ὃ ἐγενήθη· φθεγξάμενος ἐν ἐμοὶ ἐταπείνωσέ με Κύριος ἐν ἡμέρᾳ ὀργῆς θυμοῦ αὐτοῦ. 13 ᾿Εξ ὕψους αὐτοῦ ἀπέστειλε πῦρ, ἐν τοῖς ὀστέοις μου κατήγαγεν αὐτό· διεπέτασε δίκτυον τοῖς ποσί μου, ἀπέστρεψέ με εἰς τὰ ὀπίσω, ἔδωκέ με ἠφανισμένην, ὅλην τὴν ἡμέραν ὠδυνωμένην. 14 ᾿Εγρηγορήθη ἐπὶ τὰ ἀσεβήματά μου· ἐν χερσί μου συνεπλάκησαν, ἀνέβησαν ἐπὶ τὸν τράχηλόν μου· ἠσθένησεν ἡ ἰσχύς μου, ὅτι ἔδωκε Κύριος ἐν χερσί μου ὀδύνας, οὐ δυνήσομαι στῆναι. 15 ᾿Εξῆρε πάντας τοὺς ἰσχυρούς μου ὁ Κύριος ἐκ μέσου μου, ἐκάλεσεν ἐπ’ ἐμὲ καιρὸν τοῦ συντρίψαι ἐκλεκτούς μου· ληνὸν ἐπάτησε Κύριος παρθένῳ θυγατρὶ ᾿Ιούδα, ἐπὶ τούτοις ἐγὼ κλαίω. 16 ῾Ο ὀφθαλμός μου κατήγαγεν ὕδωρ, ὅτι ἐμακρύνθη ἀπ’ ἐμοῦ ὁ παρακαλῶν με, ὁ ἐπιστρέφων ψυχήν μου· ἐγένοντο οἱ υἱοί μου ἠφανισμένοι, ὅτι ἐκραταιώθη ὁ ἐχθρός. 17 Διεπέτασε Σιὼν χεῖρας αὐτῆς, οὐκ ἔστιν ὁ παρακαλῶν αὐτήν· ἐνετείλατο Κύριος τῷ ᾿Ιακώβ, κύκλῳ αὐτοῦ οἱ θλίβοντες αὐτόν, ἐγενήθη ῾Ιερουσαλὴμ εἰς ἀποκαθημένην ἀναμέσον αὐτῶν. 18 Δίκαιός ἐστι Κύριος, ὅτι τὸ στόμα αὐτοῦ παρεπίκραναν· ἀκούσατε δή, πάντες οἱ λαοί, καὶ ἴδετε τὸ ἄλγος μου· παρθένοι μου καὶ νεανίσκοι μου ἐπορεύθησαν ἐν αἰχμαλωσίᾳ. 19 ᾿Εκάλεσα τοὺς ἐραστάς μου, αὐτοὶ δὲ παρελογίσαντό με· οἱ ἱερεῖς μου καὶ οἱ πρεσβύτεροί μου ἐν τῇ πόλει ἐξέλιπον, ὅτι ἐζήτησαν βρῶσιν αὐτοῖς, ἵνα ἐπιστρέψωσι ψυχὰς αὐτῶν, καὶ οὐχ εὗρον. 20 ᾿Ιδέ, Κύριε, ὅτι θλίβομαι· ἡ κοιλία μου ἐταράχθη, καὶ ἡ καρδία μου ἐστράφη ἐν ἐμοί, ὅτι παραπικραίνουσα παρεπικράνθην· ἔξωθεν ἠτέκνωσέ με μάχαιρα ὥσπερ θάνατος ἐν οἴκῳ. 21 ᾿Ακούσατε δή, ὅτι στενάζω ἐγώ, οὐκ ἔστιν ὁ παρακαλῶν με· πάντες οἱ ἐχθροί μου ἤκουσαν τὰ κακά μου καὶ ἐχάρησαν, ὅτι σὺ ἐποίησας· ἐπήγαγες ἡμέραν, ἐκάλεσας καιρόν, ἐγένοντο ὅμοιοι ἐμοί. 22 Εἰσέλθοι πᾶσα ἡ κακία αὐτῶν κατὰ πρόσωπόν σου, καὶ ἐπιφύλλισον αὐτοῖς, ὃν τρόπον ἐποίησαν ἐπιφυλλίδα περὶ πάντων τῶν ἁμαρτημάτων μου, ὅτι πολλοὶ οἱ στεναγμοί μου, καὶ καρδία μου λυπεῖται.