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Lamentations 4 :: New American Standard Bible 1995 (NASB95)

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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 poured out
At the [fn]corner of every street.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 4:2 - The precious sons of Zion,
Weighed against fine gold,
How they are regarded as earthen 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 become cruel
Like ostriches in the wilderness.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 4:4 - The tongue of the infant cleaves
To the roof of its mouth because of thirst;
The little ones ask for bread,
But no one breaks it for them.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 4:5 - Those who ate delicacies
Are desolate in the streets;
Those [fn]reared in purple
Embrace ash pits.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 4:6 - For the [fn]iniquity of the daughter of my people
Is greater than the [fn]sin of Sodom,
Which was overthrown as in a moment,
And no hands were [fn]turned toward her.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 4:7 - Her [fn]consecrated ones were purer than snow,
They were whiter than milk;
They were more ruddy in [fn]body than corals,
Their polishing was like [fn]lapis lazuli.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 4:8 - Their appearance is blacker than soot,
They are not recognized in the streets;
Their skin is shriveled on their bones,
It is withered, it has become like wood.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 4:9 - Better are those [fn]slain with the sword
Than those [fn]slain with hunger;
For they [fn]pine away, being stricken
For lack of the fruits of [fn]the field.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 4:10 - The hands of compassionate women
Boiled their own children;
They became food for them
Because of the destruction of the daughter of my people.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 4:11 - The LORD has accomplished His wrath,
He has poured out His fierce anger;
And He has kindled a fire in Zion
Which 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
Could enter the gates of Jerusalem.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 4:13 - Because of the sins of her prophets
And the iniquities 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
So that no one could touch their garments.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 4:15 - “Depart! Unclean!” [fn]they cried of themselves.
“Depart, depart, do not touch!”
So they fled and wandered;
Men among the nations said,
“They shall not continue to dwell with us.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 4:16 - The presence of the LORD has scattered them,
He will not continue to regard 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;
In our watching 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 4:20 - The breath of our nostrils, the LORDS anointed,
Was captured in their pits,
Of whom we had said, “Under his shadow
We shall live among the nations.”
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 4:21 - Rejoice and be glad, O daughter of Edom,
Who dwells in the land of Uz;
But the cup will come around to you as well,
You will become drunk and make yourself naked.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 4:22 - The punishment of your iniquity has been completed, O daughter of Zion;
He will exile you no longer.
But He will punish your iniquity, O daughter of Edom;
He will expose your sins!
NASB95 Footnotes
Literally: head
Literally: established in crimson
Or, punishment for iniquity
Or, punishment for sin
Or, wrung over her
Or, Nazirites
Literally: bones
Hebrew: sappir
Literally: pierced
Literally: flow away
Literally: my fields
Or, they (men) cried to them
Literally: lift up the faces of
Literally: our help
Literally: full

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