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Lamentations 4 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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The Degradation of Zion
Zion Degraded

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 4:1 - How the gold has become dim!
How changed the fine gold!
The stones of the sanctuary are scattered
At the head of every street.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 4:2 - The precious sons of Zion,
Valuable as fine gold,
How they are regarded as clay pots,
The work of the hands of the potter!

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 4:3 - Even the jackals present their breasts
To nurse their young;
But the daughter of my people is cruel,
Like ostriches in the wilderness.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 4:4 - The tongue of the infant clings
To the roof of its mouth for thirst;
The young children 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 who were brought up in scarlet
Embrace ash heaps.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 4:6 - The punishment of the iniquity of the daughter of my people
Is greater than the punishment of the sin of Sodom,
Which was overthrown in a moment,
With no hand to help her!

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 4:7 - Her Nazirites[fn] were brighter than snow
And whiter than milk;
They were more ruddy in body than rubies,
Like sapphire in their appearance.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 4:8 - Now their appearance is blacker than soot;
They go unrecognized in the streets;
Their skin clings to their bones,
It has become as dry as wood.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 4:9 - Those slain by the sword are better off
Than those who die of hunger;
For these pine away,
Stricken for lack of the fruits of the field.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 4:10 - The hands of the compassionate women
Have cooked their own children;
They became food for them
In the destruction of the daughter of my people.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 4:11 - The LORD has fulfilled His fury,
He has poured out His fierce anger.
He kindled a fire in Zion,
And it has devoured its foundations.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 4:12 - The kings of the earth,
And all inhabitants of the world,
Would not have believed
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 shed in her midst
The blood of the just.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 4:14 - They wandered blind in the streets;
They have defiled themselves with blood,
So that no one would touch their garments.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 4:15 - They cried out to them,
“Go away, unclean!
Go away, go away,
Do not touch us!”
When they fled and wandered,
Those among the nations said,
“They shall no longer dwell here.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 4:16 - The face[fn] of the LORD scattered them;
He no longer regards them.
The people do not respect the priests
Nor show favor to the elders.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 4:17 - Still our eyes failed us,
Watching vainly for our help;
In our watching we watched
For a nation that could not save us.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 4:18 - They tracked our steps
So that we could not walk in our streets.
Our end was near;
Our days were over,
For our end had come.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 4:19 - Our pursuers were swifter
Than the eagles of the heavens.
They pursued us on the mountains
And lay in wait for us in the wilderness.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 4:20 - The breath of our nostrils, the anointed of the LORD,
Was caught in their pits,
Of whom we said, “Under his shadow
We shall live among the nations.”

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 4:21 - Rejoice and be glad, O daughter of Edom,
You who dwell in the land of Uz!
The cup shall also pass over to you
And you shall become drunk and make yourself naked.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 4:22 - The punishment of your iniquity is accomplished,
O daughter of Zion;
He will no longer send you into captivity.
He will punish your iniquity,
O daughter of Edom;
He will uncover your sins!
NKJV Footnotes
Or nobles
Targum reads anger.
NKJV

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