Lamentations 4:5-15 NIV

5 Those who once ate delicacies are destitute in the streets. Those nurtured in purple1 now lie on ash heaps.2

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6 The punishment of my people is greater than that of Sodom,3 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 sapphires.a

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    • a 4:7 - Or "lapis lazuli"
      8 But now they are blacker4 than soot; they are not recognized in the streets. Their skin has shriveled on their bones;5 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;6 racked with hunger, they waste away for lack of food from the field.7

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      10 With their own hands compassionate women have cooked their own children,8 who became their food when my people were destroyed.

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      11 The LORD has given full vent to his wrath;9 he has poured out10 his fierce anger.11 He kindled a fire12 in Zion that consumed her foundations.13

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      12 The kings of the earth did not believe, nor did any of the world's people, that enemies and foes could enter the gates of Jerusalem.14

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      13 But it happened because of the sins of her prophets and the iniquities of her priests,15 who shed within her the blood16 of the righteous.

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      14 Now they grope through the streets like men who are blind.17 They are so defiled with blood18 that no one dares to touch their garments.

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      15 "Go away! You are unclean!" men cry to them. "Away! Away! Don't touch us!" When they flee and wander19 about, people among the nations say, "They can stay here no longer."20

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