Lamentations 2:18-22 (NRSV)
18Cry aloud to the LORD!
O wall of daughter Zion!
Let tears stream down like a torrent
day and night!
Give yourself no rest,
your eyes no respite!
19Arise, cry out in the night,
at the beginning of the watches!
Pour out your heart like water
before the presence of the LORD!
Lift your hands to him
for the lives of your children,
who faint for hunger
at the head of every street.
20Look, O LORD, and consider!
To whom have you done this?
Should women eat their offspring,
the children they have borne?
Should priest and prophet be killed
in the sanctuary of the LORD?
21The young and the old are lying
on the ground in the streets;
my young women and my young men
have fallen by the sword;
in the day of your anger you have killed them,
slaughtering without mercy.
22You invited my enemies from all around
as if for a day of festival;
and on the day of the anger of the LORD
no one escaped or survived;
those whom I bore and reared
my enemy has destroyed.
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