4 How the gold has become dim!
How changed the fine gold!
The stones of the sanctuary are 1scattered
At the head of every street.
2Valuable as fine gold,
The work of the hands of the potter!
To nurse their young;
But the daughter of my people is cruel,
bLike ostriches in the wilderness.
To the roof of its mouth for thirst;
cThe young children ask for bread,
But no one breaks it for them.
Are desolate in the streets;
Those who were brought up in scarlet
dEmbrace ash heaps.
Is greater than the punishment of the esin of Sodom,
Which was foverthrown in a moment,
With no hand to help her!
And whiter than milk;
They were more ruddy in body than rubies,
Like sapphire in their 6appearance.
They go unrecognized in the streets;
gTheir skin clings to their bones,
It has become as dry as wood.
Than those who die of hunger;
For these hpine away,
Stricken for lack of the fruits of the ifield.
10 The hands of the jcompassionate women
They became lfood for them
In the destruction of the daughter of my people.
mHe has poured out His fierce anger.
nHe kindled a fire in Zion,
And it has devoured its foundations.
And all inhabitants of the world,
Would not have believed
That the adversary and the enemy
Could oenter the gates of Jerusalem—
13 pBecause of the sins of her prophets
And the iniquities of her priests,
qWho shed in her midst
The blood of the just.
rThey have defiled themselves with blood,
sSo that no one would touch their garments.
“Go away, tunclean!
Go away, go away,
Do not touch us!”
When they fled and wandered,
Those among the nations said,
“They shall no longer dwell here.”
16 The 8face of the Lord scattered them;
He no longer regards them.
uThe people do not respect the priests
Nor show favor to the elders.
17 Still vour eyes failed us,
Watching vainly for our help;
In our watching we watched
For a nation that could not save us.
So that we could not walk in our streets.
xOur end was near;
Our days were over,
For our end had come.
19 Our pursuers were yswifter
Than the eagles of the heavens.
They pursued us on the mountains
And lay in wait for us in the wilderness.
20 The zbreath of our nostrils, the anointed of the Lord,
aWas caught in their pits,
Of whom we said, “Under his shadow
We shall live among the nations.”
21 Rejoice and be glad, O daughter of bEdom,
You who dwell in the land of Uz!
cThe cup shall also pass over to you
And you shall become drunk and make yourself naked.
O daughter of Zion;
He will no longer send you into captivity.
eHe will punish your iniquity,
O daughter of Edom;
He will uncover your sins!
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