Lamentations 4

Distress of the Siege Described

How a dark the gold has become,
How the pure gold has changed!
The sacred stones are poured out
At the
Lit head
corner of every street.
The precious sons of Zion,
Weighed against fine gold,
How they are regarded as c earthen jars,
The work of a potter’s hands!
Even d jackals offer the breast,
They nurse their young;
But the daughter of my people has become e cruel
Like f ostriches in the wilderness.
The g tongue of the infant cleaves
To the roof of its mouth because of h thirst;
The little ones i ask for bread,
But no one breaks it for them.
Those who ate j delicacies
Are desolate in the streets;
Those
Lit established in crimson
reared in purple
Embrace ash pits.
For the
Or punishment for iniquity
iniquity of the daughter of my people
Is greater than the
Or punishment for sin
,
n sin of Sodom,
Which was o overthrown as in a moment,
And no hands were
Or wrung over her
turned toward her.
Her
Or Nazirites
consecrated ones were r purer than snow,
They were whiter than milk;
They were more ruddy in
Lit bones
body than corals,
Their polishing was like
Heb sappir
,
u lapis lazuli.
Their appearance is v blacker than soot,
They are not recognized in the streets;
Their w skin is shriveled on their bones,
It is withered, it has become like wood.
Better are those
Lit pierced
,
y slain with the sword
Than those
Lit pierced
slain with hunger;
For they
Lit flow away
,
ab pine away, being stricken
For lack of the fruits of
Lit my fields
the field.
10 The hands of compassionate women
ad Boiled their own children;
They became ae food for them
Because of the destruction of the daughter of my people.
11 The  Lord has af accomplished His wrath,
He has poured out His fierce anger;
And He has ag kindled a fire in Zion
Which has consumed its foundations.
12 The kings of the earth did not believe,
Nor did any of ah the inhabitants of the world,
That the adversary and the enemy
Could ai enter the gates of Jerusalem.
13 Because of the sins of her aj prophets
And the iniquities of her priests,
Who have shed in her midst
The ak blood of the righteous;
14 They wandered al blind, in the streets;
They were defiled with am blood
So that no one could touch their an garments.
15 Depart! ao Unclean!”
Or they (men) cried to them
they cried of themselves.
Depart, depart, do not touch!”
So they aq fled and wandered;
Men among the nations said,
They shall not continue to dwell with us.”
16 The presence of the  Lord has scattered them,
He will not continue to regard them;
They did not
Lit lift up the faces of
,
as honor the priests,
They did not favor the elders.
17 Yet our eyes failed,
Looking for
Lit our help
help was au useless;
In our watching we have watched
For a av nation that could not save.
18 They aw hunted our steps
So that we could not walk in our streets;
Our ax end drew near,
Our days were
Lit full
finished
For our end had come.
19 Our pursuers were az swifter
Than the eagles of the sky;
They chased us on the mountains,
They waited in ambush for us in the wilderness.
20 The ba breath of our nostrils, the bb  Lord’s anointed,
Was bc captured in their pits,
Of whom we had said, “Under his bd shadow
We shall live among the nations.”
21 Rejoice and be glad, O daughter of be Edom,
Who dwells in the land of Uz;
But the bf cup will come around to you as well,
You will become drunk and make yourself naked.
22  The punishment of your iniquity has been bg completed, O daughter of Zion;
He will exile you no longer.
But He bh will punish your iniquity, O daughter of Edom;
He will expose your sins!

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