Lamentations 4:6-16 (New Living Translation)

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6 The guilt a of my people is greater than that of Sodom, where utter disaster struck in a moment with no one to help them. 7 Our princes were once glowing with health; they were as clean as snow and as elegant as jewels. 8 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. 9 Those killed by the sword are far better off than those who die of hunger, wasting away for want of food. 10 Tenderhearted women have cooked their own children and eaten them in order to survive the siege. 11 But now the anger of the LORD is satisfied. His fiercest anger has now been poured out. He started a fire in Jerusalem b that burned the city to its foundations. 12 Not a king in all the earth -- no one in all the world -- would have believed an enemy could march through the gates of Jerusalem. 13 Yet it happened because of the sins of her prophets and priests, who defiled the city by shedding innocent blood. 14 They wandered blindly through the streets, so defiled by blood that no one dared to touch them. 15 "Get away!" the people shouted at them. "You are defiled! Don't touch us!" So they fled to distant lands and wandered there among foreign nations, but none would let them stay. 16 The LORD himself has scattered them, and he no longer helps them. The priests and leaders are no longer honored and respected.
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