Kinot for Tisha B'Av Day, Chapter 45 קינות ליום תשעה באב, מ״ה

אֱלִי צִיּוֹן וְעָרֶיהָ, כְּמוֹ אִשָּׁה בְּצִירֶיהָ, וְכִבְתוּלָה חֲגוּרַת שַׂק, עַל בַּעַל נְעוּרֶיהָ

Mourn for Zion and her cities, like a woman giving birth, like a maiden wrapped in sack-cloth for the husband of her youth

עֲלֵי אַרְמוֹן אֲשֶׁר נֻטַּשׁ, בְּאַשְׁמַת צֹאן עֲדָרֶיהָ,

Mourn for the palace that was abandoned like a sheep’s negligence of its flock,

וְעַל בִּיאַת מְחָרְפֵי אֵל, בְּתוֹךְ מִקְדַּשׁ חֲדָרֶיהָ.

and for the entry of God’s blasphemers into her holy sanctuary.

עֲלֵי גָלוּת מְשָׁרְתֵי אֵל, נְעִימֵי שִׁיר זְמָרֶיהָ,

Mourn for God’s exiled servants who beautifully sang her songs,

וְעַל דָּמָם אֲשֶׁר שֻׁפַּךְ כְּמוֹ מֵימֵי יְאוֹרֶיהָ.

and for their blood that was spilled like the waters of her rivers.

עֲלֵי הֶגְיוֹן מְחוֹלֶיהָ, אֲשֶׁר דָּמַם בְּעָרֶיהָ,

Mourn for the chatter of her dancers whose silence fills her cities,

וְעַל וַעַד אֲשֶׁר שָׁמַם וּבִטּוּל סַנְהֶדְרֶיהָ.

and for the assembly that was destroyed and the abolition of her Sanhedrin.

עֲלֵי זִבְחֵי תְמִידֶיהָ וּפִדְיוֹנֵי בְּכוֹרֶיהָ,

Mourn for the daily sacrifices and the redemption of her firstborn,

וְעַל חִלּוּל כְּלֵי הֵיכָל וּמִזְבֵּחַ קְטוֹרֶיהָ.

and for the desecration of the Temple vessels and the altar of her incense.

עֲלֵי טַפֵּי מְלָכֶיהָ בְּנֵי דָוִד גְּבִירֶיהָ,

Mourn for the babes of her kings, noble children of David,

וְעַל יָפְיָם אֲשֶׁר חָשַׁךְ בְּעֵת סָרוּ כְּתָרֶיהָ.

and for their beauty that was darkened at the time of the removal of her crowns.

עֲלֵי כָבוֹד אֲשֶׁר גָּלָה בְּעֵת חָרְבַּן דְּבִירֶיהָ,

Mourn for the glory that was dispelled at the time of the destruction of her Holy of Holies,

וְעַל לוֹחֵץ אֲשֶׁר לָחַץ וְשָׂם שַׂקִּים חֲגוֹרֶיהָ:

and for the oppressor who tormented her whilst girding her in sackcloth.

עֲלֵי מַחַץ וְרֹב מַכּוֹת אֲשֶׁר הֻכּוּ נְזִירֶיהָ,

Mourn for the wounds and the many blows that struck her sainted ones,

וְעַל נִפּוּץ אֱלֵי סֶלַע עֲוִילֶיהָ נְעָרֶיהָ.

and for the smashing on the rock of her young children.

עֲלֵי שִׂמְחַת מְשַׂנְאֶיהָ בְּשָׂחְקָם עַל שְׁבָרֶיהָ,

Mourn for the joy of her haters who rejoiced over her downfall,

וְעַל עִנּוּי בְּנֵי חוֹרִין נְדִיבֶיהָ טְהוֹרֶיהָ.

and for the torment of her pure and noble citizens.

עֲלֵי פֶשַׁע אֲשֶׁר עָוְתָה סְלוֹל דֶּרֶךְ אֲשׁוּרֶיהָ,

Mourn for the sins that caused her to deviate from the true path,

וְעַל צִבְאוֹת קְהָלֶיהָ שְׁזוּפֶיהָ שְׁחוֹרֶיהָ.

and for her numerous congregations, which were tarnished and blackened.

עֲלֵי קוֹלוֹת מְחָרְפֶיהָ בְּעֵת רַבּוּ פְגָרֶיהָ,

Mourn for the voices of her abusers as her rising corpses mounted,

וְעַל רִגְשַׁת מְגַדְפֶיהָ בְּתוֹך מִשְׁכַּן חֲצֵרֶיהָ.

and for the jeering mobs within her holy courtyards.

עֲלֵי שִׁמְךָ אֲשֶׁר חֻלַּל בְּפִי קָמֵי מְצֵרֶיהָ,

Mourn for Your name which was desecrated in the mouths of those who stand against her,

וְעַל תַּחַן יְצַוְּחוּ לָךְ קְשׁוֹב וּשְׁמַע אֲמָרֶיהָ.

and for their prayers which they cry out to you, heed and hear her words....

אֱלִי צִיּוֹן וְעָרֶיהָ, כְּמוֹ אִשָּׁה בְּצִירֶיהָ, וְכִבְתוּלָה חֲגוּרַת שַׂק, עַל בַּעַל נְעוּרֶיהָ:

Mourn for Zion and her cities, like a woman giving birth, like a maiden wrapped in sack-cloth for the husband of her youth