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Lamentations 4 :: New American Standard Bible 2020 (NASB20)

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Distress of the Siege Described

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 4:1 -

How dark the gold has become,

How the pure gold has changed!

The sacred stones are spilled out

At the [fn]corner of every street.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 4:2 -

The precious sons of Zion,

Weighed against pure gold,

How they are regarded as earthenware jars,

The work of a potter’s hands!

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 4:3 -

Even jackals offer the breast,

They nurse their young;

But the daughter of my people has proved herself cruel,

Like ostriches in the wilderness.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 4:4 -

The tongue of the infant clings

To the roof of its mouth because of thirst;

The children ask for bread,

But no one breaks it for them.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 4:5 -

Those who used to eat delicacies

Are made to tremble in the streets;

Those who were raised in crimson clothing

Embrace garbage heaps.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 4:6 -

For the [fn]wrongdoing of the daughter of my people

Is greater than the [fn]sin of Sodom,

Which was overthrown as in a moment,

[fn]And no hands were turned toward her.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 4:7 -

Her [fn]consecrated ones were purer than snow,

They shined more than milk;

They were more ruddy in [fn]body than pearls of coral,

Their form was like [fn]lapis lazuli.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 4:8 -

Their appearance is darker than soot,

They are not recognized in the streets;

Their skin is shriveled on their bones,

It is dry, it has become like wood.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 4:9 -

Better off are those killed by the sword

Than those killed by hunger;

For they [fn]waste away, [fn]stricken

By the lack of the produce of the field.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 4:10 -

The hands of compassionate women

Boiled their own children;

They became food for them

Due to the destruction of the daughter of my people.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 4:11 -

The LORD has expended His wrath,

He has poured out His fierce anger;

And He has kindled a fire in Zion,

And it has consumed its foundations.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 4:12 -

The kings of the earth did not believe,

Nor did any of the inhabitants of the world,

That the adversary and the enemy

Would enter the gates of Jerusalem.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 4:13 -

Because of the sins of her prophets

And the wrongdoings of her priests,

Who have shed in her midst

The blood of the righteous,

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 4:14 -

They wandered, blind, in the streets;

They were defiled with blood,

Such that no one could touch their garments.

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“Keep away! Unclean!” [fn]they cried out of themselves.

“Keep away, keep away, do not touch!”

For they distanced themselves as well as wandered;

People among the nations said,

“They shall not continue to reside with us.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 4:16 -

The presence of the LORD has scattered them,

He will not continue to look at them;

They did not [fn]honor the priests,

They did not favor the elders.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 4:17 -

Yet our eyes failed,

Looking for [fn]help was useless;

At our observation point we have watched

For a nation that could not save.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 4:18 -

They hunted our steps

So that we could not walk in our streets;

Our end drew near,

Our days were [fn]finished

For our end had come.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 4:19 -

Our pursuers were swifter

Than the eagles of the sky;

They chased us on the mountains,

They waited in ambush for us in the wilderness.

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The breath of our nostrils, the LORD’S anointed,

Was captured in their pits,

Of whom we had said, “[fn]In his shadow

We shall live among the nations.”

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 4:21 -

Rejoice and be joyful, daughter of Edom,

Who lives in the land of Uz;

But the cup will pass to you as well,

You will become drunk and expose yourself.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 4:22 -

The punishment of your wrongdoing has been completed, daughter of Zion;

He will no longer exile you.

But He will punish your wrongdoing, daughter of Edom;

He will expose your sins!

NASB20 Footnotes
Lit head
Or punishment for wrongdoing
Or punishment for sin
I.e., without human intervention
Or Nazirites
Lit bones
Heb sappir
Lit flow away
Lit pierced through
Or they (other people) cried to them
Lit lift up the faces of
Lit our help
Lit full
I.e., under his protection

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