Distress of the Siege Described

1 How 1dark the gold has become, How the pure gold has changed! The sacred stones are poured out At the corner of every street.
2 The precious sons of Zion, Weighed against fine gold, How they are regarded as 2earthen jars, The work of a potter's hands!
3 Even 3jackals offer the breast, They nurse their young; But the daughter of my people has become 4cruel Like 5ostriches in the wilderness.
4 The 6tongue of the infant cleaves To the roof of its mouth because of 7thirst; The little ones 8ask for bread, But no one breaks it for them.
5 Those who ate 9delicacies Are desolate in the streets; Those reared in purple Embrace ash pits.
6 For the iniquity of the daughter of my people Is greater than the 10sin of Sodom, Which was 11overthrown as in a moment, And no hands were turned toward her.
7 Her consecrated ones were 12purer than snow, They were whiter than milk; They were more ruddy in body than corals, Their polishing was like 13lapis lazuli.
8 Their appearance is 14blacker than soot, They are not recognized in the streets; Their 15skin is shriveled on their bones, It is withered, it has become like wood.
9 Better are those 16slain with the sword Than those slain with hunger; For they 17pine away, being stricken For lack of the fruits of the field.
10 The hands of compassionate women 18Boiled their own children; They became 19food for them Because of the destruction of the daughter of my people.
11 The LORD has 20accomplished His wrath, He has poured out His fierce anger; And He has 21kindled a fire in Zion Which has consumed its foundations.
12 The kings of the earth did not believe, Nor did any of 22the inhabitants of the world, That the adversary and the enemy Could 23enter the gates of Jerusalem.
13 Because of the sins of her 24prophets And the iniquities of her priests, Who have shed in her midst The 25blood of the righteous;
14 They wandered, 26blind, in the streets; They were defiled with 27blood So that no one could touch their 28garments.
15 "Depart! 29Unclean!" they cried of themselves. "Depart, depart, do not touch!" So they 30fled and wandered; Men among the nations said, "They shall not continue to dwell with us."
16 The presence of the LORD has scattered them, He will not continue to regard them; They did not 31honor * the priests, They did not favor the elders.
17 Yet our eyes failed, Looking for help was 32useless; In our watching we have watched For a 33nation that could not save.
18 They 34hunted our steps So that we could not walk in our streets; Our 35end drew near, Our days were finished For our end had come.
19 Our pursuers were 36swifter Than the eagles of the sky; They chased us on the mountains, They waited in ambush for us in the wilderness.
20 The 37breath of our nostrils, the 38LORD'S anointed, Was 39captured in their pits, Of whom we had said, "Under his 40shadow We shall live among the nations."
21 Rejoice and be glad, O daughter of 41Edom, Who dwells in the land of Uz; But the 42cup will come around to you as well, You will become drunk and make yourself naked.
22 The punishment of your iniquity has been 43completed, O daughter of Zion; He will exile you no longer. But He 44will punish your iniquity, O daughter of Edom; He will expose your sins!