verses 1-22 have been omitted from the Mass readings.
How doth the city sit solitary that was full of people! how is the
mistress of the Gentiles become as a widow: the princes of provinces
Weeping she hath wept in the night, and her tears are on her cheeks:
there is none to comfort her among all them that were dear to her: all
her friends have despised her, and are become her enemies.
Juda hath removed her dwelling place because of her affliction, and the
greatness of her bondage: she hath dwelt among the nations, and she
hath found no rest: all her persecutors have taken her in the midst of
The ways of Sion mourn, because there are none that come to the solemn
feast: all her gates are broken down: her priests sigh: her virgins are
in affliction, and she is oppressed with bitterness.
Her adversaries are become her lords, her enemies are enriched: because
the Lord hath spoken against her for the multitude of her iniquities:
her children are led into captivity: before the face of the oppressor.
And from the daughter of Sion all her beauty is departed: her princes
are become like rams that find no pastures: and they are gone away
without strength before the face of the pursuer.
Jerusalem hath remembered the days of her affliction, and prevarication
of all her desirable things which she had from the days of old, when
her people fell in the enemy's hand, and there was no helper: the
enemies have seen her, and have mocked at her sabbaths.
Jerusalem hath grievously sinned, therefore is she become unstable: all
that honoured her have despised her, because they have seen her shame:
but she sighed and turned backward.
Her filthiness is on her feet, and she hath not remembered her end: she
is wonderfully cast down, not having a comforter: behold, O Lord, my
affliction, because the enemy is lifted up.
The enemy hath put out his hand to all her desirable things: for she
hath seen the Gentiles enter into her sanctuary, of whom thou gavest
commandment that they should not enter into thy church.
All her people sigh, they seek bread: they have given all their
precious things for food to relieve the soul: see, O Lord, and
consider, for I am become vile.
O all ye that pass by the way, attend, and see if there be any sorrow
like to my sorrow: for he hath made a vintage of me, as the Lord spoke
in the day of his fierce anger.
From above he hath sent fire into my bones, and hath chastised me: he
hath spread a net for my feet, he hath turned me back: he hath made me
desolate, wasted with sorrow all the day long.
The yoke of my iniquities hath watched: they are folded together in his
hand, and put upon my neck: my strength is weakened: the Lord hath
delivered me into a hand out of which I am not able to rise.
The Lord hath taken away all my mighty men out of the midst of me: he
hath called against me the time, to destroy my chosen men: the Lord
hath trodden the winepress for the virgin daughter of Juda.
Therefore do I weep, and my eyes run down with water: because the
comforter, the relief of my soul, is far from me: my children are
desolate because the enemy hath prevailed.
Sion hath spread forth her hands, there is none to comfort her: the
Lord hath commanded against Jacob, his enemies are round about him:
Jerusalem is as a menstruous woman among them.
The Lord is just, for I have provoked his mouth to wrath: hear, I pray
you, all ye people, and see my sorrow: my virgins, and my young men are
gone into captivity.
I called for my friends, but they deceived me: my priests and my
ancients pined away in the city: while they sought their food, to
relieve their souls.
Behold, O Lord, for I am in distress, my bowels are troubled: my heart
is turned within me, for I am full of bitterness: abroad the sword
destroyeth, and at home there is death alike.
They have heard that I sigh, and there is none to comfort me: all my
enemies have heard of my evil, they have rejoiced that thou hast done
it: thou hast brought a day of consolation, and they shall be like unto
Let all their evil be present before thee: and make vintage of them, as
thou hast made vintage of me for all my iniquities: for my sighs are
many, and my heart is sorrowful.
verses 1, 3-9, 15-17,
20-22 have been omitted from the Mass
How hath the Lord covered with obscurity the daughter of Sion in his
wrath! how hath he cast down from heaven to the earth the glorious one
of Israel, and hath not remembered his footstool in the day of his
He hath broken in his fierce anger all the horn of Israel: he hath
drawn back his right hand from before the enemy: and he hath kindled in
Jacob as it were a flaming fire devouring round about.
He hath bent his bow as an enemy, he hath fixed his right hand as an
adversary: and he hath killed all that was fair to behold in the
tabernacle of the daughter of Sion, he hath poured out his indignation
The Lord is become as an enemy: he hath cast down Israel headlong, he
hath overthrown all the walls thereof: he hath destroyed his strong
holds, and hath multiplied in the daughter of Juda the afflicted, both
men and women.
And he hath destroyed his tent as a garden, he hath thrown down his
tabernacle: the Lord hath caused feasts and sabbaths to be forgotten in
Sion: and hath delivered up king and priest to reproach, and to the
indignation of his wrath.
The Lord hath cast off his altar, he hath cursed his sanctuary: he hath
delivered the walls of the towers thereof into the hand of the enemy:
they have made a noise in the house of the Lord, as in the day of a
The Lord hath purposed to destroy the wall of the daughter of Sion: he
hath stretched out his line, and hath not withdrawn his hand from
destroying: and the bulwark hath mourned, and the wall hath been
Her gates are sunk into the ground: he hath destroyed, and broken her
bars: her king and her princes are among the Gentiles: the law is no
more, and her prophets have found no vision from the Lord.
All they that passed by the way have clapped their hands at thee: they
have hissed, and wagged their heads at the daughter of Jerusalem,
saying: Is this the city of perfect beauty, the joy of all the earth?
All thy enemies have opened their mouth against thee: they have hissed,
and gnashed with the teeth, and have said: We will swallow her up: lo,
this is the day which we looked for: we have found it, we have seen it.
The Lord hath done that which he purposed, he hath fulfilled his word,
which he commanded in the days of old: he hath destroyed, and hath not
spared, and he hath caused the enemy to rejoice over thee, and hath set
up the horn of thy adversaries.
Behold, O Lord, and consider whom thou hast thus dealt with: shall
women then eat their own fruit, their children of a span long? shall
the priest and the prophet be slain in the sanctuary of the Lord?
The child and the old man lie without on the ground: my virgins and my
young men are fallen by the sword: thou hast slain them in the day of
thy wrath: thou hast killed, and shewn them no pity.
Thou hast called as to a festival, those that should terrify me round
about, and there was none in the day of the wrath of the Lord that
escaped and was left: those that I brought up, and nourished, my enemy
hath consumed them.
verses 1-16, 27-66
have been omitted from the Mass readings.
I am the man that see my poverty by the rod of his indignation.  He
hath led me, and brought me into darkness, and not into light.  Only
against me he hath turned, and turned again his hand all the day.
My skin and my flesh he hath made old, he hath broken my bones.  He
hath built round about me, and he hath compassed me with gall and
labour.  He hath set me in dark places as those that are dead for
He hath built against me round about, that I may not get out: he hath
made my fetters heavy.  Yea, and when I cry, and entreat, he hath
shut out my prayer.  He hath shut up my ways with square stones, he
hath turned my paths upside down.
He is become to me as a bear lying in wait: as a lion in secret places.
 He hath turned aside my paths, and hath broken me in pieces, he
hath made me desolate.  He hath bent his bow, and set me as a mark
for his arrows.
He hath shot into my reins the daughters of his quiver.  I am made
a derision to all my people, their song all the day long.  He hath
filled me with bitterness, he hath inebriated me with wormwood.
And he hath broken my teeth one by one, he hath fed me with ashes.
…  It is good for a man, when he hath borne the yoke from his youth.
He shall sit solitary, and hold his peace: because he hath taken it up
upon himself.  He shall put his mouth in the dust, if so be there
may be hope.  He shall give his cheek to him that striketh him, he
shall be filled with reproaches.
For the Lord will not cast off for ever.  For if he hath cast off,
he will also have mercy, according to the multitude of his mercies.
 For he hath not willingly afflicted, nor cast off the children of
To crush under his feet all the prisoners of the land,  To turn
aside the judgment of a man before the face of the most High,  To
destroy a man wrongfully in his judgment, the Lord hath not approved.
Who is he that hath commanded a thing to be done, when the Lord
commandeth it not?  Shall not both evil and good proceed out of the
mouth of the Highest?  Why hath a living man murmured, man
suffering for his sins?
Let us search our ways, and seek, and return to the Lord.  Let us
lift up our hearts with our hands to the Lord in the heavens.  We
have done wickedly, and provoked thee to wrath: therefore thou art
Thou hast covered in thy wrath, and hast struck us: thou hast killed
and hast not spared.  Thou hast set a cloud before thee, that our
prayer may not pass through.  Thou hast made me as an outcast, and
refuse in the midst of the people.
All our enemies have opened their mouths against us.  Prophecy is
become to us a fear, and a snare, and destruction.  My eye hath run
down with streams of water, for the destruction of the daughter of my
My eye is afflicted, and hath not been quiet, because there was no
rest:  Till the Lord regarded and looked down from the heavens.
 My eye hath wasted my soul because of all the daughters of my city.
My enemies have chased me and caught me like a bird, without cause.
 My life is fallen into the pit, and they have laid a stone over
me.  Waters have flowed over my head: I said: I am cut off.
I have called upon thy name, O Lord, from the lowest pit.  Thou
hast heard my voice: turn not away thy ear from my sighs, and cries.
 Thou drewest near in the day, when I called upon thee, thou
saidst: Fear not.
Thou hast judged, O Lord, the cause of my soul, thou the Redeemer of my
life.  Thou hast seen, O Lord, their iniquity against me: judge
thou my judgment.  Thou hast seen all their fury, and all their
thoughts against me.
Thou hast heard their reproach, O Lord, all their imaginations against
me.  The lips of them that rise up against me: and their devices
against me all the day.  Behold their sitting down, and their
rising up, I am their song.
Thou shalt render them a recompense, O Lord, according to the works of
their hands.  Thou shalt give them a buckler of heart, thy labour.
 Thou shalt persecute them in anger, and shalt destroy them from
under the heavens, O Lord.
verses 1-22 have been
omitted from the Mass readings.
How is the gold become dim, the finest colour is changed, the stones of
the sanctuary are scattered in the top of every street?
The noble sons of Sion, and they that were clothed with the best gold:
how are they esteemed as earthen vessels, the work of the potter's
Even the sea monsters have drawn out the breast, they have given suck
to their young: the daughter of my people is cruel, like the ostrich in
The tongue of the sucking child hath stuck to the roof of his mouth for
thirst: the little ones have asked for bread, and there was none to
break it unto them.
They that were fed delicately have died in the streets; they that were
brought up in scarlet have embraced the dung.
And the iniquity of the daughter of my people is made greater than the
sin of Sodom, which was overthrown in a moment, and hands took nothing
Her Nazarites were whiter than snow, purer than milk, more ruddy than
the old ivory, fairer than the sapphire.
Their face is now made blacker than coals, and they are not known in
the streets: their skin hath stuck to their bones, it is withered, and
is become like wood.
It was better with them that were slain by the sword, than with them
that died with hunger: for these pined away being consumed for want of
the fruits of the earth.
The hands of the pitiful women have sodden their own children: they
were their meat in the destruction of the daughter of my people.
The Lord hath accomplished his wrath, he hath poured out his fierce
anger: and he hath kindled a fire in Sion, and it hath devoured the
The kings of the earth, and all the inhabitants of the world would not
have believed, that the adversary and the enemy should enter in by the
gates of Jerusalem.
For the sins of her prophets, and the iniquities of her priests, that
have shed the blood of the just in the midst of her.
They have wandered as blind men in the streets, they were defiled with
blood: and when they could not help walking in it, they held up their
Depart you that are defiled, they cried out to them: Depart, get ye
hence, touch not: for they quarrelled, and being removed, they said
among the Gentiles: He will no more dwell among them.
The face of the Lord hath divided them, he will no more regard them:
they respected not the persons of the priests, neither had they pity on
While we were yet standing, our eyes failed, expecting help for us in
vain, when we looked attentively towards a nation that was not able to
Our steps have slipped in the way of our streets, our end draweth near:
our days are fulfilled, for our end is come.
Our persecutors were swifter than the eagles of the air: they pursued
us upon the mountains, they lay in wait for us in the wilderness.
The breath of our mouth, Christ the Lord, is taken in our sins: to whom
we said: Under thy shadow we shall live among the Gentiles.
Rejoice, and be glad, O daughter of Edom, that dwellest in the land of
Hus: to thee also shall the cup come, thou shalt be made drunk, and
Thy iniquity is accomplished, O daughter of Sion, he will no more carry
thee away into captivity: he visited thy iniquity, O daughter of Edom,
he hath discovered thy sins.
verses 1-22 have been
omitted from the Mass readings.
 Remember, O Lord, what is come upon
us: consider and behold our
reproach.  Our inheritance is turned to aliens: our houses to
strangers.  We are become orphans without a father: our mothers are
as widows.  We have drunk our water for money: we have bought our
wood.  We were dragged by the necks, we were weary and no rest was
given us.  We have given our hand to Egypt, and to the Assyrians,
that we might be satisfied with bread.
 Our fathers have sinned, and are not: and we have borne their
iniquities.  Servants have ruled over us: there was none to redeem
us out of their hand.  We fetched our bread at the peril of our
lives, because of the sword in the desert.  Our skin was burnt as
an oven, by reason of the violence of the famine.
 They oppressed the women in Sion, and the virgins in the cities of
Juda.  The princes were hanged up by their hand: they did not
respect the persons of the ancient.  They abused the young men
indecently: and the children fell under the wood.  The ancients
have ceased from the gates: the young men from the choir of the singers.
 The joy of our heart is ceased, our dancing is turned into
mourning.  The crown is fallen from our head: woe to us, because we
have sinned.  Therefore is our heart sorrowful, therefore are our
eyes become dim,  For mount Sion, because it is destroyed, foxes
have walked upon it.
 But thou, O Lord, shalt remain for ever, thy throne from
generation to generation.  Why wilt thou forget us for ever? why
wilt thou forsake us for a long time?  Convert us, O Lord, to thee,
and we shall be converted: renew our days, as from the beginning. 
But thou hast utterly rejected us, thou art exceedingly angry against