Lamentations 4:6-16 NIV

6 The punishment of my people is greater than that of Sodom,1 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 blacker2 than soot; they are not recognized in the streets. Their skin has shriveled on their bones;3 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;4 racked with hunger, they waste away for lack of food from the field.5

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      10 With their own hands compassionate women have cooked their own children,6 who became their food when my people were destroyed.

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      11 The LORD has given full vent to his wrath;7 he has poured out8 his fierce anger.9 He kindled a fire10 in Zion that consumed her foundations.11

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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.12

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      13 But it happened because of the sins of her prophets and the iniquities of her priests,13 who shed within her the blood14 of the righteous.

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      14 Now they grope through the streets like men who are blind.15 They are so defiled with blood16 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 wander17 about, people among the nations say, "They can stay here no longer."18

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      16 The LORD himself has scattered them; he no longer watches over them.19 The priests are shown no honor, the elders20 no favor.21

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