Lamentations 4:4-14 NIV

4 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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5 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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6 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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7 Their princes were brighter than snow and whiter than milk, their bodies more ruddy than rubies, their appearance like lapis lazuli.
8 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.

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9 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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10 With their own hands compassionate women have cooked their own children, who became their food when my people were destroyed.

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11 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.

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12 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.

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13 But it happened because of the sins of her prophets and the iniquities of her priests, who shed within her the blood of the righteous.

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14 Now they grope through the streets as if they were blind. They are so defiled with blood that no one dares to touch their garments.

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