Lamentations 4:1-22 NIV

Lamentations 4:1-22 NIV [1] How the gold has lost its luster, the fine gold become dull! The sacred gems are scattered at every street corner. [2] How the precious children of Zion, once worth their weight in gold, are now considered as pots of clay, the work of a potter's hands! [3] Even jackals offer their breasts to nurse their young, but my people have become heartless like ostriches in the desert. [4] Because of thirst the infant's tongue sticks to the roof of its mouth; the children beg for bread, but no one gives it to them. [5] Those who once ate delicacies are destitute in the streets. Those brought up in royal purple now lie on ash heaps. [6] The punishment of my people is greater than that of Sodom, which was overthrown in a moment without a hand turned to help her. [7] Their princes were brighter than snow and whiter than milk, their bodies more ruddy than rubies, their appearance like lapis lazuli. [8] But now they are blacker than soot; they are not recognized in the streets. Their skin has shriveled on their bones; it has become as dry as a stick. [9] Those killed by the sword are better off than those who die of famine; racked with hunger, they waste away for lack of food from the field. [10] With their own hands compassionate women have cooked their own children, who became their food when my people were destroyed. [11] The LORD has given full vent to his wrath; he has poured out his fierce anger. He kindled a fire in Zion that consumed her foundations. [12] The kings of the earth did not believe, nor did any of the peoples of the world, that enemies and foes could enter the gates of Jerusalem. [13] But it happened because of the sins of her prophets and the iniquities of her priests, who shed within her the blood of the righteous. [14] Now they grope through the streets as if they were blind. They are so defiled with blood that no one dares to touch their garments. [15] "Go away! You are unclean!" people cry to them. "Away! Away! Don't touch us!" When they flee and wander about, people among the nations say, "They can stay here no longer." [16] The LORD himself has scattered them; he no longer watches over them. The priests are shown no honor, the elders no favor. [17] Moreover, our eyes failed, looking in vain for help; from our towers we watched for a nation that could not save us. [18] People stalked us at every step, so we could not walk in our streets. Our end was near, our days were numbered, for our end had come. [19] Our pursuers were swifter than eagles in the sky; they chased us over the mountains and lay in wait for us in the desert. [20] The LORD's anointed, our very life breath, was caught in their traps. We thought that under his shadow we would live among the nations. [21] Rejoice and be glad, Daughter Edom, you who live in the land of Uz. But to you also the cup will be passed; you will be drunk and stripped naked. [22] Your punishment will end, Daughter Zion; he will not prolong your exile. But he will punish your sin, Daughter Edom, and expose your wickedness.

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