31 I hear a cry like a woman in labor,(A)
a cry of anguish like one bearing her first child.
The cry of Daughter Zion gasping for breath,
stretching out her hands:(B)
Woe is me, for my life is weary
because of the murderers!

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Jeremiah’s Request

17 You are to speak this word to them:
Let my eyes overflow with tears;
day and night may they not stop,(A)
for the virgin daughter of my people
has been destroyed by a great disaster,(B)
an extremely severe wound.(C)

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