1How1dark the gold has become, How the puregold has changed ! The sacredstones are poured out At the acorner of everystreet.
The precioussons of Zion, Weighed against finegold, How they are regarded as 2earthenjars, The work of a potter'shands !
3Even3jackalsoffer the breast, They nurse their young ; But the daughter of my people has become 4cruel Like 5ostriches in the wilderness.
The 6tongue of the infantcleaves To the roof of its mouth because of 7thirst ; The littleones8ask for bread, But noonebreaks it for them.
Those who ate9delicacies Are desolate in the streets ; Those breared in purpleEmbraceashpits.
For the ciniquity of the daughter of my people Is greaterthan the d10sin of Sodom, Which was 11overthrown as in a moment, And nohands were eturned toward her.
Her fconsecratedones were 12purerthansnow, They were whiterthanmilk ; They were moreruddy in gbodythancorals, Their polishing was like h13lapislazuli.
Their appearance is 14blackerthansoot, They are not recognized in the streets ; Their 15skin is shriveled on their bones, It is withered, it has become like wood.
9Better are those i16slain with the swordThan those jslain with hunger ; For they k17pineaway, being stricken For lack of the fruits of lthe field.
The hands of compassionatewomen18Boiled their own children ; They became19food for them Because of the destruction of the daughter of my people.
The LORD has 20accomplished His wrath, He has poured out His fierceanger ; And He has 21kindled a fire in Zion Which has consumed its foundations.
The kings of the earth did not believe, Nor did any of 22the inhabitants of the world, That the adversary and the enemy Could 23enter the gates of Jerusalem.
13Because of the sins of her 24prophets And the iniquities of her priests, Who have shed in her midst The 25blood of the righteous ;
They wandered, 26blind, in the streets ; They were defiled with 27blood So that no one couldtouch their 28garments.
15"Depart ! 29Unclean !" mthey cried of themselves. "Depart, depart, do not touch !" So they 30fled and wandered ; Men among the nationssaid, "They shall not continue to dwell with us."
The presence of the LORD has scattered them, He will not continue to regard them; They did not n31honor the priests, They did not favor the elders.
17Yet our eyesfailed, Looking for ohelp was 32useless ; In our watching we have watched For a 33nation that could not save.
They 34hunted our stepsSo that we could not walk in our streets ; Our 35enddrewnear, Our days were pfinished For our end had come.
Our pursuers were 36swifterThan the eagles of the sky ; They chased us on the mountains, They waited in ambush for us in the wilderness.
The 37breath of our nostrils, the 38LORD'Sanointed, Was 39captured in their pits, Of whom we had said, "Under his 40shadow We shall live among the nations."
21Rejoice and be glad, O daughter of 41Edom, Who dwells in the land of Uz ; But the 42cup will comearound to you as well, You will becomedrunk and make yourself naked.
The punishment of your iniquity has been43completed, O daughter of Zion ; He will exile you nolonger. But He 44will punish your iniquity, O daughter of Edom ; He will expose your sins !