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Lamentations 4:5-15 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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5 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. 5 Those who once ate delicacies are destitute in the streets. Those nurtured in purple now lie on ash heaps.
6 The guilt of my people is greater than that of Sodom, where utter disaster struck in a moment with no one to help them. 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 Our princes were once glowing with health; they were as clean as snow and as elegant as jewels. 7 Their princes were brighter than snow and whiter than milk, their bodies more ruddy than rubies, their appearance like sapphires.
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. 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 far better off than those who die of hunger, wasting away for want of food. 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.
10 Tenderhearted women have cooked their own children and eaten them in order to survive the siege. 10 With their own hands compassionate women have cooked their own children, who became their food when my people were destroyed.
11 But now the anger of the LORD is satisfied. His fiercest anger has now been poured out. He started a fire in Jerusalem that burned the city to its foundations. 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.
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. 12 The kings of the earth did not believe, nor did any of the world's people, that enemies and foes could enter 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. 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.
14 They wandered blindly through the streets, so defiled by blood that no one dared to touch them. 14 Now they grope through the streets like men who are blind. They are so defiled with blood that no one dares to touch their garments.
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. 15 "Go away! You are unclean!" men 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."