Lamentations 4:3-10 NIV

3 Even jackals offer their breasts to nurse their young, but my people have become heartless like ostriches in the desert.1

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4 Because of thirst2 the infant's tongue sticks to the roof of its mouth;3 the children beg for bread, but no one gives it to them.4

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5 Those who once ate delicacies are destitute in the streets. Those nurtured in purple5 now lie on ash heaps.6

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6 The punishment of my people is greater than that of Sodom,7 which was overthrown in a moment without a hand turned to help her.

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7 Their princes were brighter than snow and whiter than milk, their bodies more ruddy than rubies, their appearance like sapphires.a

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    • a 4:7 - Or "lapis lazuli"
      8 But now they are blacker8 than soot; they are not recognized in the streets. Their skin has shriveled on their bones;9 it has become as dry as a stick.

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      9 Those killed by the sword are better off than those who die of famine;10 racked with hunger, they waste away for lack of food from the field.11

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      10 With their own hands compassionate women have cooked their own children,12 who became their food when my people were destroyed.

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