The splendid and sacred nobles once glowed with health. Their bodies were robust and ruddy, their beards like carved stone.
But now they are smeared with soot, unrecognizable in the street, Their bones sticking out, their skin dried out like old leather.
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)