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Lamentations 4

RSV 1 How the gold has grown dim, how the pure gold is changed! The holy stones lie scattered at the head of every street. 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. RSV 2 The precious sons of Zion, worth their weight in fine gold, how they are reckoned as earthen pots, the work of a potter's hands! 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! RSV 3 Even the jackals give the breast and suckle their young, but the daughter of my people has become cruel, like the ostriches in the wilderness. NIV 3 Even jackals offer their breasts to nurse their young, but my people have become heartless like ostriches in the desert. RSV 4 The tongue of the nursling cleaves to the roof of its mouth for thirst; the children beg for food, but no one gives to 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. RSV 5 Those who feasted on dainties perish in the streets; those who were brought up in purple lie on ash heaps. NIV 5 Those who once ate delicacies are destitute in the streets. Those nurtured in purple now lie on ash heaps. RSV 6 For the chastisement of the daughter of my people has been greater than the punishment of Sodom, which was overthrown in a moment, no hand being laid on it. 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. RSV 7 Her princes were purer than snow, whiter than milk; their bodies were more ruddy than coral, the beauty of their form was like sapphire. NIV 7 Their princes were brighter than snow and whiter than milk, their bodies more ruddy than rubies, their appearance like sapphires. RSV 8 Now their visage is blacker than soot, they are not recognized in the streets; their skin has shriveled upon their bones, it has become as dry 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. RSV 9 Happier were the victims of the sword than the victims of hunger, who pined away, stricken by want of the fruits of the field. 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. RSV 10 The hands of compassionate women have boiled their own children; they became their food in the destruction of the daughter of my people. NIV 10 With their own hands compassionate women have cooked their own children, who became their food when my people were destroyed. RSV 11 The LORD gave full vent to his wrath, he poured out his hot anger; and he kindled a fire in Zion, which consumed 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. RSV 12 The kings of the earth did not believe, or any of the inhabitants of the world, that foe or enemy could enter 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. RSV 13 This was for the sins of her prophets and the iniquities of her priests, who shed in the midst of her the blood of the righteous. 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. RSV 14 They wandered, blind, through the streets, so defiled with blood that none could touch their garments. 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. RSV 15 "Away! Unclean!" men cried at them; "Away! Away! Touch not!" So they became fugitives and wanderers; men said among the nations, "They shall stay with us no longer." 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." RSV 16 The LORD himself has scattered them, he will regard them no more; no honor was shown to the priests, no favor to the elders. NIV 16 The LORD himself has scattered them; he no longer watches over them. The priests are shown no honor, the elders no favor. RSV 17 Our eyes failed, ever watching vainly for help; in our watching we watched for a nation which could not save. NIV 17 Moreover, our eyes failed, looking in vain for help; from our towers we watched for a nation that could not save us. RSV 18 Men dogged our steps so that we could not walk in our streets; our end drew near; our days were numbered; for our end had come. 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. RSV 19 Our pursuers were swifter than the vultures in the heavens; they chased us on the mountains, they lay in wait for us in the wilderness. 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. RSV 20 The breath of our nostrils, the LORD's anointed, was taken in their pits, he of whom we said, "Under his shadow we shall live among the nations." 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. RSV 21 Rejoice and be glad, O daughter of Edom, dweller in the land of Uz; but to you also the cup shall pass; you shall become drunk and strip yourself bare. 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. RSV 22 The punishment of your iniquity, O daughter of Zion, is accomplished, he will keep you in exile no longer; but your iniquity, O daughter of Edom, he will punish, he will uncover your sins. 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.