Read Lamentations 4:9 Using Other Translations
They that be slain with the sword are better than they that be slain with hunger: for these pine away, stricken through for want of the fruits of the field.
Happier were the victims of the sword than the victims of hunger, who wasted away, pierced by lack of the fruits of the field.
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.