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Lamentations 4:1
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How (a)dark the gold has become, How the pure gold has changed! The sacred stones are poured out At the [a]corner of every street.
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Lamentations 4:2
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The precious sons of Zion, Weighed against fine gold, How they are regarded as (b)earthen jars, The work of a potter's hands!
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Lamentations 4:3
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Even (c)jackals offer the breast, They nurse their young; But the daughter of my people has become (d)cruel Like (e)ostriches in the wilderness.
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Lamentations 4:4
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The (f)tongue of the infant cleaves To the roof of its mouth because of (g)thirst; The little ones (h)ask for bread, But no one breaks it for them.
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Lamentations 4:5
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Those who ate (i)delicacies Are desolate in the streets; Those [b]reared in purple Embrace ash pits.
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Lamentations 4:6
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For the [c]iniquity of the daughter of my people Is greater than the [d](j)sin of Sodom, Which was (k)overthrown as in a moment, And no hands were [e]turned toward her.
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Lamentations 4:7
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Her [f]consecrated ones were (l)purer than snow, They were whiter than milk; They were more ruddy in [g]body than corals, Their polishing was like [h](m)lapis lazuli.
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Lamentations 4:8
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Their appearance is (n)blacker than soot, They are not recognized in the streets; Their (o)skin is shriveled on their bones, It is withered, it has become like wood.
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Lamentations 4:9
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Better are those [i](p)slain with the sword Than those [j]slain with hunger; For they [k](q)pine away, being stricken For lack of the fruits of [l]the field.
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Lamentations 4:10
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The hands of compassionate women (r)Boiled their own children; They became (s)food for them Because of the destruction of the daughter of my people.
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Lamentations 4:11
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The Lord has (t)accomplished His wrath, He has poured out His fierce anger; And He has (u)kindled a fire in Zion Which has consumed its foundations.
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Lamentations 4:12
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The kings of the earth did not believe, Nor did any of (v)the inhabitants of the world, That the adversary and the enemy Could (w)enter the gates of Jerusalem.
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Lamentations 4:13
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Because of the sins of her (x)prophets And the iniquities of her priests, Who have shed in her midst The (y)blood of the righteous;
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Lamentations 4:14
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They wandered, (z)blind, in the streets; They were defiled with (aa)blood So that no one could touch their (ab)garments.
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Lamentations 4:15
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"Depart! (ac)Unclean!" [m]they cried of themselves. "Depart, depart, do not touch!" So they (ad)fled and wandered; Men among the nations said, "They shall not continue to dwell with us."
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Lamentations 4:16
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The presence of the Lord has scattered them, He will not continue to regard them; They did not [n](ae)honor the priests, They did not favor the elders.
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Lamentations 4:17
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Yet our eyes failed, Looking for [o]help was (af)useless; In our watching we have watched For a (ag)nation that could not save.
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Lamentations 4:18
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They (ah)hunted our steps So that we could not walk in our streets; Our (ai)end drew near, Our days were [p]finished For our end had come.
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Lamentations 4:19
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Our pursuers were (aj)swifter Than the eagles of the sky; They chased us on the mountains, They waited in ambush for us in the wilderness.
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Lamentations 4:20
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The (ak)breath of our nostrils, the (al) Lord's anointed, Was (am)captured in their pits, Of whom we had said, "Under his (an)shadow We shall live among the nations."
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Lamentations 4:21
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Rejoice and be glad, O daughter of (ao)Edom, Who dwells in the land of Uz; But the (ap)cup will come around to you as well, You will become drunk and make yourself naked.
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Lamentations 4:22
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The punishment of your iniquity has been (aq)completed, O daughter of Zion; He will exile you no longer. But He (ar)will punish your iniquity, O daughter of Edom; He will expose your sins!
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