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Lamentations 4

NLT 1 How the gold has lost its luster! Even the finest gold has become dull. The sacred gemstones lie scattered in the streets! NIV 1 How the gold has lost its luster, the fine gold become dull! The sacred gems are scattered at the head of every street. NLT 2 See how the precious children of Jerusalem, worth their weight in fine gold, are now treated like pots of clay made by a common potter. NIV 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! NLT 3 Even the jackals feed their young, but not my people Israel. They ignore their children’s cries, like ostriches in the desert. NIV 3 Even jackals offer their breasts to nurse their young, but my people have become heartless like ostriches in the desert. NLT 4 The parched tongues of their little ones stick to the roofs of their mouths in thirst. The children cry for bread, but no one has any to give them. NIV 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. NLT 5 The people who once ate the richest foods now beg in the streets for anything they can get. Those who once wore the finest clothes now search the garbage dumps for food. NIV 5 Those who once ate delicacies are destitute in the streets. Those nurtured in purple now lie on ash heaps. NLT 6 The guilt of my people is greater than that of Sodom, where utter disaster struck in a moment and no hand offered help. NIV 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. NLT 7 Our princes once glowed with health— brighter than snow, whiter than milk. Their faces were as ruddy as rubies, their appearance like fine jewels. NIV 7 Their princes were brighter than snow and whiter than milk, their bodies more ruddy than rubies, their appearance like sapphires. NLT 8 But now their faces are blacker than soot. No one recognizes them in the streets. Their skin sticks to their bones; it is as dry and hard as wood. NIV 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. NLT 9 Those killed by the sword are better off than those who die of hunger. Starving, they waste away for lack of food from the fields. NIV 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. NLT 10 Tenderhearted women have cooked their own children. They have eaten them to survive the siege. NIV 10 With their own hands compassionate women have cooked their own children, who became their food when my people were destroyed. NLT 11 But now the anger of the is satisfied. His fierce anger has been poured out. He started a fire in Jerusalem that burned the city to its foundations. NIV 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. NLT 12 Not a king in all the earth— no one in all the world— would have believed that an enemy could march through the gates of Jerusalem. NIV 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. NLT 13 Yet it happened because of the sins of her prophets and the sins of her priests, who defiled the city by shedding innocent blood. NIV 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. NLT 14 They wandered blindly through the streets, so defiled by blood that no one dared touch them. NIV 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. NLT 15 “Get away!” the people shouted at them. “You’re defiled! Don’t touch us!” So they fled to distant lands and wandered among foreign nations, but none would let them stay. NIV 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." NLT 16 The himself has scattered them, and he no longer helps them. People show no respect for the priests and no longer honor the leaders. NIV 16 The LORD himself has scattered them; he no longer watches over them. The priests are shown no honor, the elders no favor. NLT 17 We looked in vain for our allies to come and save us, but we were looking to nations that could not help us. NIV 17 Moreover, our eyes failed, looking in vain for help; from our towers we watched for a nation that could not save us. NLT 18 We couldn’t go into the streets without danger to our lives. Our end was near; our days were numbered. We were doomed! NIV 18 Men stalked us at every step, so we could not walk in our streets. Our end was near, our days were numbered, for our end had come. NLT 19 Our enemies were swifter than eagles in flight. If we fled to the mountains, they found us. If we hid in the wilderness, they were waiting for us there. NIV 19 Our pursuers were swifter than eagles in the sky; they chased us over the mountains and lay in wait for us in the desert. NLT 20 Our king—the ’s anointed, the very life of our nation— was caught in their snares. We had thought that his shadow would protect us against any nation on earth! NIV 20 The LORD's anointed, our very life breath, was caught in their traps. We thought that under his shadow we would live among the nations. NLT 21 Are you rejoicing in the land of Uz, O people of Edom? But you, too, must drink from the cup of the ’s anger. You, too, will be stripped naked in your drunkenness. NIV 21 Rejoice and be glad, O Daughter of Edom, you who live in the land of Uz. But to you also the cup will be passed; you will be drunk and stripped naked. NLT 22 O beautiful Jerusalem, your punishment will end; you will soon return from exile. But Edom, your punishment is just beginning; soon your many sins will be exposed. NIV 22 O Daughter of Zion, your punishment will end; he will not prolong your exile. But, O Daughter of Edom, he will punish your sin and expose your wickedness.