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Lamentations 4 :: New English Translation (NET)

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Unchecked Copy BoxLam 4:1 - Alas! Gold has lost its luster; pure gold loses value. Jewels are scattered on every street corner. ב (Bet)
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 4:2 - The precious sons of Zion were worth their weight in gold - Alas! - but now they are treated like broken clay pots, made by a potter. ג (Gimel)
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 4:3 - Even the jackals nurse their young at their breast, but my people are cruel, like ostriches in the desert. ד (Dalet)
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 4:4 - The infant's tongue sticks to the roof of its mouth due to thirst; little children beg for bread, but no one gives them even a morsel. ה (He)
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 4:5 - Those who once feasted on delicacies are now starving to death in the streets. Those who grew up wearing expensive clothes are now dying amid garbage. ו (Vav)
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 4:6 - The punishment of my people exceeded that of Sodom, which was overthrown in a moment with no one to help her. ז (Zayin)
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 4:7 - Her consecrated ones were brighter than snow, whiter than milk; their bodies more ruddy than corals, their hair like lapis lazuli. ח (Khet)
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 4:8 - Now their appearance is darker than soot; they are not recognized in the streets. Their skin has shriveled on their bones; it is dried up, like tree bark. ט (Tet)
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 4:9 - Those who died by the sword are better off than those who die of hunger, those who waste away, struck down from lack of food. י (Yod)
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 4:10 - The hands of tenderhearted women cooked their own children, who became their food, when my people were destroyed. כ (Kaf)
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 4:11 - The LORD fully vented his wrath; he poured out his fierce anger. He started a fire in Zion; it consumed her foundations. ל (Lamed)
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 4:12 - Neither the kings of the earth nor the people of the lands ever thought that enemy or foe would enter the gates of Jerusalem. מ (Mem)
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 4:13 - But it happened due to the sins of her prophets and the iniquities of her priests, who poured out in her midst the blood of the righteous. נ (Nun)
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 4:14 - They wander blindly through the streets, defiled by the blood they shed, while no one dares to touch their garments. ס (Samek)
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 4:15 - People cry to them, "Turn away! You are unclean! Turn away! Turn away! Don't touch us!" So they have fled and wander about; but the nations say, "They may not stay here any longer." פ (Pe)
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 4:16 - The LORD himself has scattered them; he no longer watches over them. They did not honor the priests; they did not show favor to the elders. ע (Ayin)
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 4:17 - Our eyes continually failed us as we looked in vain for help. From our watchtowers we watched for a nation that could not rescue us. צ (Tsade)
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 4:18 - Our enemies hunted us down at every step so that we could not walk about in our streets. Our end drew near, our days were numbered, for our end had come! ק (Qof)
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 4:19 - Those who pursued us were swifter than eagles in the sky. They chased us over the mountains; they ambushed us in the wilderness. ר (Resh)
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 4:20 - Our very life breath - the LORD's anointed king - was caught in their traps, of whom we thought, "Under his protection we will survive among the nations." ש (Sin/Shin)
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 4:21 - Rejoice and be glad for now, O people of Edom, who reside in the land of Uz. But the cup of judgment will pass to you also; you will get drunk and take off your clothes. ת (Tav)
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 4:22 - O people of Zion, your punishment will come to an end; he will not prolong your exile. But, O people of Edom, he will punish your sin and reveal your offenses!

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