How the gold has lost its luster, the fine gold become dull! The sacred gems are scattered at every street corner.
References for Lamentations 4:1
How the precious children of Zion, once worth their weight in gold, are now considered as pots of clay, the work of a potter’s hands!
References for Lamentations 4:2
Even jackals offer their breasts to nurse their young, but my people have become heartless like ostriches in the desert.
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Because of thirst the infant’s tongue sticks to the roof of its mouth; the children beg for bread, but no one gives it to them.
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Those who once ate delicacies are destitute in the streets. Those brought up in royal purple now lie on ash heaps.
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The punishment of my people is greater than that of Sodom, which was overthrown in a moment without a hand turned to help her.
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Their princes were brighter than snow and whiter than milk, their bodies more ruddy than rubies, their appearance like lapis lazuli.
But now they are blacker than soot; they are not recognized in the streets. Their skin has shriveled on their bones; it has become as dry as a stick.
References for Lamentations 4:8
Those killed by the sword are better off than those who die of famine; racked with hunger, they waste away for lack of food from the field.
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With their own hands compassionate women have cooked their own children, who became their food when my people were destroyed.
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The LORD has given full vent to his wrath; he has poured out his fierce anger. He kindled a fire in Zion that consumed her foundations.
References for Lamentations 4:11
The kings of the earth did not believe, nor did any of the peoples of the world, that enemies and foes could enter the gates of Jerusalem.
References for Lamentations 4:12