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Lamentations 4:1-6 (New International Version)

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1 How the gold has lost its luster, the fine gold become dull! The sacred gems are scattered at the head of every street.1 2 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! 3 Even jackals offer their breasts to nurse their young, but my people have become heartless like ostriches in the desert.3 4 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.6 5 Those who once ate delicacies are destitute in the streets. Those nurtured in purple7 now lie on ash heaps.8 6 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.
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