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4 a How the gold has lost its luster,
the fine gold become dull!
The sacred gems are scattered
at every street corner.a
2 How the precious children of Zion,b
once worth their weight in gold,
are now considered as pots of clay,
the work of a potter’s hands!
to nurse their young,
but my people have become heartless
like ostriches in the desert.c
4 Because of thirstd the infant’s tongue
sticks to the roof of its mouth;e
the children beg for bread,
but no one gives it to them.f
are destitute in the streets.
Those brought up in royal purpleg
now lie on ash heaps.h
is greater than that of Sodom,i
which was overthrown in a moment
without a hand turned to help her.
and whiter than milk,
their bodies more ruddy than rubies,
their appearance like lapis lazuli.
8 But now they are blackerj than soot;
they are not recognized in the streets.
Their skin has shriveled on their bones;k
it has become as dry as a stick.
than those who die of famine;l
racked with hunger, they waste away
for lack of food from the field.m
have cooked their own children,n
who became their food
when my people were destroyed.
11 The Lord has given full vent to his wrath;o
He kindled a firer in Zion
that consumed her foundations.s
nor did any of the peoples of the world,
that enemies and foes could enter
the gates of Jerusalem.t
and the iniquities of her priests,u
who shed within her
the bloodv of the righteous.
as if they were blind.w
They are so defiled with bloodx
that no one dares to touch their garments.
“Away! Away! Don’t touch us!”
When they flee and wandery about,
people among the nations say,
“They can stay here no longer.”z
he no longer watches over them.a
The priests are shown no honor,
from our towers we watched
for a nationf that could not save us.
so we could not walk in our streets.
Our end was near, our days were numbered,
for our end had come.g
than eaglesh in the sky;
they chased usi over the mountains
and lay in wait for us in the desert.j
20 The Lord’s anointed,k our very life breath,
was caught in their traps.l
We thought that under his shadowm
we would live among the nations.
you who live in the land of Uz.n
But to you also the cupo will be passed;
you will be drunk and stripped naked.p
22 Your punishment will end, Daughter Zion;q
he will not prolong your exile.
But he will punish your sin, Daughter Edom,
and expose your wickedness.r
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