10 The elders of the daughter of Zion sit on the ground.

    They keep silence.
They have cast up dust on their heads.
    They have clothed themselves with sackcloth.
    The virgins of Jerusalem hang down their heads to the ground.

11 My eyes fail with tears.
    My heart is troubled.
My liver is poured on the earth,
    because of the destruction of the daughter of my people,
    because the young children and the infants swoon in the streets of the city.

12 They ask their mothers,
    “Where is grain and wine?”
    when they swoon as the wounded in the streets of the city,
    when their soul is poured out into their mothers’ bosom.

13 What shall I testify to you?
    What shall I liken to you, daughter of Jerusalem?
What shall I compare to you,
    that I may comfort you, virgin daughter of Zion?
For your breach is as big as the sea.
    Who can heal you?

(Lam 2:10-13, © WEB)

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