Lamentations 4

CLV(i) 1 How the gold is tarnished! the good certified gold is altered; The holy stones are strewn about at the head of all the streets. 2 The precious sons of Zion, those classed with glittering gold, How they are accounted as earthenware crocks, the work of the hands of a potter!" 3 Even wild-jackals offer forth the breast; they suckle their whelps; But the daughter of my people is cruel like ostriches in the wilderness; 4 The tongue of the suckling clings to its palate from thirst; Infants beg for bread; there is no one spreading it out to them. 5 Those who ate dainties are desolated in the streets; Those who were fostered in crimson embrace hearth dung. 6 Indeed the depravity of the daughter of my people is greater than the sin of Sodom, Which was overturned as in a moment though no hands travailed against it!" 7 Her Nazirites were purged more than snow; they were more shimmering than milk; In bodily staunchness they were more ruddy than rubies, their long-beard like sapphire." 8 Now their visage is darker than soot; they are not recognized in the streets; Their skin is shrunken over their bones, is dried up; it has become like wood." 9 Better off were they who were slain by the sword than those slain by famine, Those who are succumbing, stabbed from lack of produce of the field." 10 The hands of compassionate women cook their own children; They become a repast for them in the brokenness of the daughter of my people. 11 Yahweh has made His fury whole; He has poured out His hot anger; And He is ravaging with fire in Zion which is devouring its foundations. 12 The kings of the earth did not believe, nor any of the dwellers of the habitance, That foe and enemy could enter into the gateways of Jerusalem." 13 Because of the sins of her prophets, the depravities of her priests, Who were pouring out within her the blood of the righteous, 14 They rove about blind in the streets; they are sullied with blood, So that no one dare touch their clothing;" 15 Go away! unclean! they call out to them; go away! go away! do not touch! Because they wander forth and rove about, men say among the nations:They shall not continue to sojourn here." 16 The face of Yahweh has made them split up; He shall not continue to look upon them; They have not respected the priests; they have not favored the elders. 17 Furthermore for us our eyes are exhausted looking for our help in vain; From our watchtower we watched for a nation which could not save us. 18 They hunt our steps, keeping us from walking in our squares; Our end draws near; our days reach their fill; indeed our end has come." 19 Our pursuers have become fleeter than the vultures of the heavens; They dash after us upon the mountains; they lie in ambush for us in the wilderness. 20 The spirit of our nostrils, the anointed of Yahweh, he is seized in their pits, Of whom we said:In his shadow we shall live among the nations." 21 Be elated and rejoice, daughter of Edom, you who are dwelling in the country of Uz; To you also shall pass the cup of Yahweh; you shall become drunk and denude yourself." 22 Your wretchedness will come to end, daughter of Zion; He shall not continue to carry you away into exile; He will note your depravity, daughter of Edom; He will expose your sins."