How the gold has lost its luster! Even the finest gold has become dull. The sacred gemstones lie scattered in the streets!
See how the precious children of Jerusalem, a worth their weight in gold, are now treated like pots of clay.
Even the jackals feed their young, but not my people Israel. They ignore their children's cries, like the ostriches of the desert.
The parched tongues of their little ones stick with thirst to the roofs of their mouths. The children cry for bread, but no one has any to give them.
The people who once ate only the richest foods now beg in the streets for anything they can get. Those who once lived in palaces now search the garbage pits for food.
The guilt b of my people is greater than that of Sodom, where utter disaster struck in a moment with no one to help them.
Our princes were once glowing with health; they were as clean as snow and as elegant as jewels.
But now their faces are blacker than soot. No one even recognizes them. Their skin sticks to their bones; it is as dry and hard as wood.
Those killed by the sword are far better off than those who die of hunger, wasting away for want of food.
Tenderhearted women have cooked their own children and eaten them in order to survive the siege.
But now the anger of the LORD is satisfied. His fiercest anger has now been poured out. He started a fire in Jerusalem c that burned the city to its foundations.
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)