Lamentations 4 ©

1 The prophet bewaileth the wretched condition of Zion: 21 he threateneth Edom, and comforteth Zion.


HOW is athe gold become dim! how is the most fine gold changed! the bstones of the sanctuary care poured out in the top of every street.


dThe precious sons of Zion, comparable to fine egold, how are they esteemed fas earthen pitchers, the work of the hands of the potter!


Even the 1sea monsters draw out the breast, they give suck to their young ones: gthe daughter of my people is become cruel, hlike the ostriches in the wilderness.


iThe tongue of the sucking child cleaveth to the roof of his mouth for thirst: the young children ask bread, and jno man breaketh it unto them.


They that did feed *delicately are kdesolate in the streets: they that were brought up in scarlet lembrace dunghills.


For the 2punishment of the iniquity of the daughter of my people mis greater than the punishment of the sin of Sodom, that was overthrown as nin a moment, and no hands stayed on her.


Her 3Nazarites were purer than snow, they were whiter than milk, they were more ruddy in body than rubies, their polishing was of sapphire:


oTheir *visage is 4blacker than a coal; they are not known in the streets: ptheir skin cleaveth to their bones; qit is withered, it is become like a stick.


They that be slain with the sword are better than they that be slain with hunger: for these 5pine away, stricken through for want of the fruits of the field.


rThe hands of the *pitiful women have *sodden their own children: they were their *meat in the destruction of the daughter of my people.


sThe LORD hath accomplished his fury; he hath poured out his fierce anger, and hath kindled a fire in Zion, and it hath devoured the foundations thereof.


The kings of the earth, and all the inhabitants of the world, would not have tbelieved that the adversary and the enemy should have entered into the gates of Jerusalem.


uFor the sins of her prophets, and the iniquities of her priests, that vhave shed the blood of the just in the midst of her,


They have wwandered as blind men in the streets, they have polluted themselves with blood, 6so that xmen could not touch their garments.


They cried unto them, Depart ye; 7it is unclean; depart, depart, touch not: when they fled away and wandered, they said among the heathen, yThey shall no more *sojourn there.


The 8anger of the LORD zhath divided them; he will no more regard them: athey respected not the persons of the priests, they favoured not the elders.


As for us, bour eyes as yet failed for our vain help: in our watching we have watched cfor a nation that could not save us.


dThey hunt our steps, that we cannot go in our streets: eour end is near, our days are fulfilled; for our end is come.


Our persecutors are fswifter than the geagles of the heaven: they pursued us upon the mountains, they laid wait for us in the 9wilderness.


The breath of our nostrils, hthe anointed of the LORD, iwas taken in their jpits, of whom we said, Under his shadow we shall live among the heathen.


kRejoice and be glad, O daughter of Edom, that dwellest in the land of lUz; mthe cup also shall pass through unto thee: thou shalt be drunken, and shalt make thyself naked.


10The punishment of thine iniquity is accomplished, nO daughter of Zion; he owill no more carry thee away into captivity: he will visit thine iniquity, O daughter of Edom; he will 11discover thy sins.