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Lamentations 4:1-9 NIV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 How the gold has lost its luster, the fine gold become dull! The sacred gems are scattered at the head of every street. 1 How the gold has lost its luster, the fine gold become dull! The sacred gems are scattered at the head of every street.
2 How the precious sons of Zion, once worth their weight in gold, are now considered as pots of clay, the work of a potter's hands! 2 How the precious sons of Zion, once worth their weight in gold, are now considered as pots of clay, the work of a potter's hands!
3 Even jackals offer their breasts to nurse their young, but my people have become heartless like ostriches in the desert. 3 Even jackals offer their breasts to nurse their young, but my people have become heartless like ostriches in the desert.
4 Because of thirst the infant's tongue sticks to the roof of its mouth; the children beg for bread, but no one gives it to them. 4 Because of thirst the infant's tongue sticks to the roof of its mouth; the children beg for bread, but no one gives it to them.
5 Those who once ate delicacies are destitute in the streets. Those nurtured in purple now lie on ash heaps. 5 Those who once ate delicacies are destitute in the streets. Those nurtured in purple now lie on ash heaps.
6 The punishment of my people is greater than that of Sodom, which was overthrown in a moment without a hand turned to help her. 6 The punishment of my people is greater than that of Sodom, which was overthrown in a moment without a hand turned to help her.
7 Their princes were brighter than snow and whiter than milk, their bodies more ruddy than rubies, their appearance like sapphires. 7 Their princes were brighter than snow and whiter than milk, their bodies more ruddy than rubies, their appearance like sapphires.
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. 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.
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. 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.