Lamentations 4


4:1 How is the gold become dim! [how] is the most fine gold
 changed! the stones of the sanctuary are poured out at the head
 of every street.
4:2 The precious sons of Zion, comparable to fine gold, how are
 they esteemed as earthen pitchers, the work of the hands of the
 potter!
4:3 Even the sea-monsters draw out the breast, they nurse their
 young ones: the daughter of my people [is become] cruel, like
 the ostriches in the wilderness.
4:4 The tongue of the sucking child cleaveth to the roof of his
 mouth for thirst: the young children ask bread, [and] no man
 breaketh [it] to them.
4:5 They that fed delicately are desolate in the streets: they
 that were brought up in scarlet embrace dunghills.
4:6 For the punishment of the iniquity of the daughter of my
 people is greater than the punishment of the sin of Sodom, that
 was overthrown as in a moment, and no hands stayed on her.
4:7 Her Nazarites were purer than snow, they were whiter than
 milk, they were more ruddy in body than rubies, their polishing
 [was] of sapphire:
4:8 Their visage is blacker than a coal; they are not known in
 the streets: their skin cleaveth to their bones; it is
 withered, it is become like a stick.
4:9 [They that are] slain with the sword are better than [they
 that are] slain with hunger: for these pine away, stricken
 through for [want of] the fruits of the field.
4:10 The hands of the pitiful women have boiled their own
 children: they were their food in the destruction of the
 daughter of my people.
4:11 The LORD hath accomplished his fury; he hath poured out his
 fierce anger, and hath kindled a fire in Zion, and it hath
 devoured her foundations.
4:12 The kings of the earth, and all the inhabitants of the
 world, would not have believed that the adversary and the enemy
 would have entered into the gates of Jerusalem.
4:13 For the sins of her prophets, [and] the iniquities of her
 priests, that have shed the blood of the just in the midst of
 her.
4:14 They have wandered [as] blind [men] in the streets, they
 have polluted themselves with blood, so that men could not
 touch their garments.
4:15 They cried to them, Depart ye; [it is] unclean; depart,
 depart, touch not: when they fled away and wandered, they said
 among the heathen, They shall no more sojourn [there].
4:16 The anger of the LORD hath divided them; he will no more
 regard them: they respected not the persons of the priests,
 they favored not the elders.
4:17 As for us, our eyes as yet failed for our vain help: in our
 watching we have watched for a nation [that] could not save
 [us].
4:18 They hunt our steps, that we cannot go in our streets: our
 end is near, our days are fulfilled; for our end is come.
4:19 Our persecutors are swifter than the eagles of heaven: they
 pursued us upon the mountains, they laid wait for us in the
 wilderness.
4:20 The breath of our nostrils, the anointed of the LORD, was
 taken in their pits, of whom we said, Under his shadow we shall
 live among the heathen.
4:21 Rejoice and be glad, O daughter of Edom, that dwellest in
 the land of Uz; the cup also shall pass through to thee: thou
 shalt be drunken, and shalt make thyself naked.
4:22 The punishment of thy iniquity is accomplished, O daughter
 of Zion; he will no more carry thee away into captivity: he
 will visit thy iniquity, O daughter of Edom; he will disclose
 thy sins.
 
 

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