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Lamentations 4 :: Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

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Terrors of the Besieged City

א  Alef

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How the gold has become tarnished,

the fine gold become dull!

The stones of the temple[fn] lie scattered

at the corner of every street.

  

ב  Bet

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Zion’s precious people —

once worth their weight in pure gold —

how they are regarded as clay jars,

the work of a potter’s hands!

  

ג  Gimel

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Even jackals offer their breasts

to nurse their young,

but my dear people have become cruel

like ostriches in the wilderness.

  

ד  Dalet

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The nursing infant’s tongue

clings to the roof of his mouth from thirst.

Little children beg for bread,

but no one gives them any.

  

ה  He

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Those who used to eat delicacies

are destitute in the streets;

those who were reared in purple garments

huddle in garbage heaps.

  

ו  Vav

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The punishment of my dear people

is greater than that of Sodom,

which was overthrown in an instant

without a hand laid on it.

  

ז  Zayin

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Her dignitaries were brighter than snow,

whiter than milk;

their bodies[fn] were more ruddy than coral,

their appearance like sapphire.[fn]

  

ח  Khet

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Now they appear darker than soot;

they are not recognized in the streets.

Their skin has shriveled on their bones;

it has become dry like wood.

  

ט  Tet

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Those slain by the sword are better off

than those slain by hunger,

who waste away, pierced with pain

because the fields lack produce.

  

י  Yod

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The hands of compassionate women

have cooked their own children;

they became their food

during the destruction of my dear people.

  

כ  Kaf

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The LORD has exhausted His wrath,

poured out His burning anger;

He has ignited a fire in Zion,

and it has consumed her foundations.

  

ל  Lamed

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The kings of the earth

and all the world’s inhabitants did not believe

that an enemy or adversary

could enter Jerusalem’s gates.

  

מ  Mem

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Yet it happened because of the sins of her prophets

and the guilt of her priests,

who shed the blood of the righteous

within her.

  

נ  Nun

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Blind, they stumbled in the streets,

defiled by this blood,

so that no one dared

to touch their garments.

  

ס  Samek

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“Stay away! Unclean! ” people shouted at them.

“Away, away! Don’t touch us! ”

So they wandered aimlessly.

It was said among the nations,

“They can stay here no longer.”

  

פ  Pe

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The LORD Himself has scattered them;

He regards them no more.

The priests are not respected;

the elders find no favor.

  

ע  Ayin

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All the while our eyes were failing

as we looked in vain for assistance;

we watched from our towers

for a nation[fn] that refused to help.

  

צ  Tsade

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Our steps were closely followed

so that we could not walk in our streets.

Our end drew near; our time ran out.

Our end had come!

  

ק  Qof

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Those who chased us were swifter

than eagles in the sky;

they relentlessly pursued us over the mountains

and ambushed us in the wilderness.

  

ר  Resh

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The LORD’s anointed,[fn] the breath of our life,[fn]

was captured in their traps.

We had said about him,

“We will live under his protection among the nations.”

  

ׂש  Sin

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So rejoice and be glad, Daughter Edom,

you resident of the land of Uz!

Yet the cup will pass to you as well;

you will get drunk and expose yourself.

  

ת  Tav

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Daughter Zion, your punishment is complete;

He will not lengthen your exile.[fn]

But He will punish your iniquity, Daughter Edom,

and will expose your sins.

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Or The sacred gems
Lit bones
Or lapis lazuli
Probably Egypt
= King Zedekiah
Lit nostrils
Or not deport you again

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