Lamentations 4:8-18 NIV

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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15 “Go away! You are unclean!” people cry to them. “Away! Away! Don’t touch us!” When they flee and wander about, people among the nations say, “They can stay here no longer.”

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

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17 Moreover, our eyes failed, looking in vain for help; from our towers we watched for a nation that could not save us.

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18 People stalked us at every step, so we could not walk in our streets. Our end was near, our days were numbered, for our end had come.

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