1" 'So the Lord confirmed his word, which he spoke against us, and against our judges who judged Israel, and against our kings and against our princes and against the men of Israel and Judah. 2Under the whole heaven there has not been done the like of what he has done in Jerusalem, in accordance with what is written in the law of Moses, 3that we should eat, one the flesh of his son and another the flesh of his daughter. 4And he gave them into subjection to all the kingdoms around us, to be a reproach and a desolation among all the surrounding peoples, where the Lord has scattered them. 5They were brought low and not raised up, because we sinned against the Lord our God, in not heeding his voice.
6" 'Righteousness belongs to the Lord our God, but confusion of face to us and our fathers, as at this day. 7All those calamities with which the Lord threatened us have come upon us. 8Yet we have not entreated the favor of the Lord by turning away, each of us, from the thoughts of his wicked heart. 9And the Lord has kept the calamities ready, and the Lord has brought them upon us, for the Lord is righteous in all his works which he has commanded us to do. 10Yet we have not obeyed his voice, to walk in the statutes of the Lord which he set before us.
Prayer for Deliverance
11" 'And now, O Lord God of Israel, who didst bring thy people out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand and with signs and wonders and with great power and outstretched arm, and hast made thee a name, as at this day, 12we have sinned, we have been ungodly, we have done wrong, O Lord our God, against all thy ordinances. 13Let thy anger turn away from us, for we are left, few in number, among the nations where thou hast scattered us. 14Hear, O Lord, our prayer and our supplication, and for thy own sake deliver us, and grant us favor in the sight of those who have carried us into exile; 15that all the earth may know that thou art the Lord our God, for Israel and his descendants are called by thy name. 16O Lord, look down from thy holy habitation, and consider us. Incline thy ear, O Lord, and hear; 17open thy eyes, O Lord, and see; for the dead who are in Hades, whose spirit has been taken from their bodies, will not ascribe glory or justice to the Lord, 18but the person that is greatly distressed,a that goes about bent over and feeble, and the eyes that are failing, and the person that hungers, will ascribe to thee glory and righteousness, O Lord. 19For it is not because of any righteous deeds of our fathers or our kings that we bring before thee our prayer for mercy, O Lord our God. 20For thou hast sent thy anger and thy wrath upon us, as thou didst declare by thy servants the prophets, saying: 21"Thus says the Lord: Bend your shoulders and serve the king of Babylon, and you will remain in the land which I gave to your fathers. 22But if you will not obey the voice of the Lord and will not serve the king of Babylon, 23I will make to cease from the cities of Judah and from the region about Jerusalem the voice of mirth and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride, and the whole land will be a desolation without inhabitants."
24" 'But we did not obey thy voice, to serve the king of Babylon; and thou hast confirmed thy words, which thou didst speak by thy servants the prophets, that the bones of our kings and the bones of our fathers would be brought out of their graves;b 25and behold, they have been cast out to the heat of day and the frost of night. They perished in great misery, by famine and sword and pestilence. 26And the house which is called by thy name thou hast made as it is today, because of the wickedness of the house of Israel and the house of Judah.
God's Promise Recalled
27" 'Yet thou hast dealt with us, O Lord our God, in all thy kindness and in all thy great compassion, 28as thou didst speak by thy servant Moses on the day when thou didst command him to write thy law in the presence of the people of Israel, saying, 29"If you will not obey my voice, this very great multitude will surely turn into a small number among the nations, where I will scatter them. 30For I know that they will not obey me, for they are a stiff-necked people. But in the land of their exile they will come to themselves, 31and they will know that I am the Lord their God. I will give them a heart that obeys and ears that hear; 32and they will praise me in the land of their exile, and will remember my name, 33and will turn from their stubbornness and their wicked deeds; for they will remember the ways of their fathers, who sinned before the Lord. 34I will bring them again into the land which I swore to give to their fathers, to Abraham and to Isaac and to Jacob, and they will rule over it; and I will increase them, and they will not be diminished. 35I will make an everlasting covenant with them to be their God and they shall be my people; and I will never again remove my people Israel from the land which I have given them."