Lamentations 1:7-12 (JDV)
Lamentations 1:7 During the days of her misery and homelessness Jerusalem remembers all the precious belongings that were hers in the old days. When her people fell into the adversary’s hand, she had no one to help. The adversaries looked at her, laughing at her downfall.
Lamentations 1:8 Jerusalem has sinned grievously; which is why she has become an object of scorn. All who honored her now detest her, because they have seen her nakedness. She herself groans and turns away.
Lamentations 1:9 Her uncleanness stains her skirts. She never considered her end. Her downfall was astonishing; there was no one to comfort her. Lord, look on my misery because the enemy boasts.
Lamentations 1:10 The adversary has seized all her precious belongings. She has even seen the nations enter her sanctuary – those you had forbidden to enter your congregation.
Lamentations 1:11 All her people sigh while they search for bread. They have traded their precious property for food in order to stay alive. Yahveh, look and see how I have become despised.
Lamentations 1:12 Is this nothing to you, all you who pass by? Look and see! Is there any pain like mine, which was dealt out to me, which Yahveh made me suffer on the day of his burning anger?
The once beautiful city has lost it all and is now looked on and detested. Do you feel that shame? And it is a shame that could have been prevented. She lost it all — included her honor and glory — because she sinned against God.
Lord, forgive us and restore us. We feel the shame and ugliness of sin.