How long is the land to mourn And the vegetation of the countryside to wither? For the wickedness of those who dwell in it, Animals and birds have been snatched away, Because [men] have said, "He will not see our latter ending."
"Judah mourns And her gates languish; They sit on the ground in mourning, And the cry of Jerusalem has ascended.
"Their nobles have sent their servants for water; They have come to the cisterns and found no water. They have returned with their vessels empty; They have been put to shame and humiliated, And they cover their heads.
"Because the ground is cracked, For there has been no rain on the land; The farmers have been put to shame, They have covered their heads.
"For even the doe in the field has given birth only to abandon [her young], Because there is no grass.
"The wild donkeys stand on the bare heights; They pant for air like jackals, Their eyes fail For there is no vegetation.
"So gladness and joy are taken away From the fruitful field, even from the land of Moab. And I have made the wine to cease from the wine presses; No one will tread [them] with shouting, The shouting will not be shouts [of joy].