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Lamentations 4 - Listen to Chapter Audio

Chapter 4

Distress of the Siege Described

1 How dark the gold has become, How the pure gold has changed! The sacred stones are poured out At the corner [fn] of every street.
2 The precious sons of Zion, Weighed against fine gold, How they are regarded as earthen jars, The work of a potter's hands!
3 Even jackals offer the breast, They nurse their young; But the daughter of my people has become cruel Like ostriches in the wilderness.
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.
5 Those who ate delicacies Are desolate in the streets; Those reared [fn] in purple Embrace ash pits.
6 For the iniquity [fn] of the daughter of my people Is greater than the sin [fn] of Sodom, Which was overthrown as in a moment, And no hands were turned [fn] toward her.
7 Her consecrated [fn] ones were purer than snow, They were whiter than milk; They were more ruddy in body [fn] than corals, Their polishing was like lapis [fn] lazuli.
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.
9 Better are those slain [fn] with the sword Than those slain [fn] with hunger; For they pine [fn] away, being stricken For lack of the fruits of the [fn] field.
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.
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.
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.
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;
14 They wandered, blind, in the streets; They were defiled with blood So that no one could touch their garments.
15 "Depart! Unclean!" they [fn] 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."
16 The presence of the Lord has scattered them, He will not continue to regard them; They did not honor [fn] the priests, They did not favor the elders.
17 Yet our eyes failed, Looking for help [fn] was useless; In our watching we have watched For a nation that could not save.
18 They hunted our steps So that we could not walk in our streets; Our end drew near, Our days were finished [fn] For our end had come.
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.
20 The breath of our nostrils, the Lord's anointed, Was captured in their pits, Of whom we had said, "Under his shadow We shall live among the nations."
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.
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!
Lamentations 5 - Listen to Chapter Audio

Chapter 5

A Prayer for Mercy

1 Remember, O Lord, what has befallen us; Look, and see our reproach!
2 Our inheritance has been turned over to strangers, Our houses to aliens.
3 We have become orphans without a father, Our mothers are like widows.
4 We [fn] have to pay for our drinking water, Our wood comes to us at a price.
5 Our [fn] pursuers are at our necks; We are worn out, there is no rest for us.
6 We have submitted [fn] to Egypt and Assyria to [fn] get enough bread.
7 Our fathers sinned, and are no more; It is we who have borne their iniquities.
8 Slaves rule over us; There is no one to deliver us from their hand.
9 We get our bread at [fn] the risk of our lives Because [fn] of the sword in the wilderness.
10 Our skin has become as hot as an oven, Because of the [fn] burning heat of famine.
11 They ravished the women in Zion, The virgins in the cities of Judah.
12 Princes were hung by their hands; Elders [fn] were not respected.
13 Young men worked [fn] at the grinding mill, And youths stumbled under loads of wood.
14 Elders are [fn] gone from the gate, Young men from their music.
15 The joy of our hearts has ceased; Our dancing has been turned into mourning.
16 The crown has fallen from our head; Woe to us, for we have sinned!
17 Because of this our heart is faint, Because of these things our eyes are dim;
18 Because of Mount Zion which lies desolate, Foxes prowl in it.

19 You, O Lord, rule [fn] forever; Your throne is from generation to generation.
20 Why do You forget us forever? Why do You forsake us so [fn] long?
21 Restore us to You, O Lord, that we may be restored; Renew our days as of old,
22 Unless You have utterly rejected us And are exceedingly angry with us.
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