How the gold has lost its luster, the fine gold become dull! The sacred gems are scattered at the head of every street.12
How the precious sons of Zion,2 once worth their weight in gold, are now considered as pots of clay, the work of a potter's hands!
Even jackals offer their breasts to nurse their young, but my people have become heartless like ostriches in the desert.34
Because of thirst4 the infant's tongue sticks to the roof of its mouth;5 the children beg for bread, but no one gives it to them.65
Those who once ate delicacies are destitute in the streets. Those nurtured in purple7 now lie on ash heaps.86
The punishment of my people is greater than that of Sodom,9 which was overthrown in a moment without a hand turned to help her.