How is the gold become dim ! how is the most fine goldchanged ! the stones of the sanctuary are poured out in the top of every street.2
The precioussons of Zion,comparable to fine gold, how are they esteemed as earthenpitchers, the work of the hands of the potter !
Even the sea monsters draw out the breast, they give suck to their young ones: the daughter of my people is become cruel, like the ostriches in the wilderness.4
The tongue of the sucking childcleaveth to the roof of his mouth for thirst: the young childrenaskbread, and no man breaketh it unto them.
They that did feeddelicately are desolate in the streets: they that were brought up in scarletembracedunghills.6
For the punishment of the iniquitya 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 handsstayed on her.
Her Nazarites were purer than snow, they were whiter than milk, they were more ruddy in body than rubies, their polishing was of sapphire:8
Their visage is blackerb than a coal; they are not known in the streets: their skincleaveth to their bones; it is withered , it is become like a stick.9
They that be slain with the sword are better than they that be slain with hunger: for these pine away , stricken through for want of the fruits of the field.10
The hands of the pitifulwomen have sodden their own children: they were their meat in the destruction of the daughter of my people.11
The LORD hath accomplished his fury; he hath poured out his fierceanger, and hath kindled a fire in Zion, and it hath devoured the foundations thereof.