NASB — Lamentations 4 — KJV

Distress of the Siege Described

  1 How adark the gold has become,
  [How] the pure gold has changed!
  The sacred stones are poured out
  At the Icorner of every street.
  2 The precious sons of Zion,
  Weighed against fine gold,
  How they are regarded as aearthen jars,
  The work of a potter’s hands!
  3 Even ajackals offer the breast,
  They nurse their young;
  [But] the daughter of my people has become bcruel
  Like costriches in the wilderness.
  4 The atongue of the infant cleaves
  To the roof of its mouth because of bthirst;
  The little ones cask for bread,
  [But] no one breaks [it] for them.
  5 Those who ate adelicacies
  Are desolate in the streets;
  Those Ireared in purple
  Embrace ash pits.
  6 For the Iiniquity of the daughter of my people
  Is greater than the IIasin of Sodom,
  Which was boverthrown as in a moment,
  And no hands were IIIturned toward her.
  7 Her Iconsecrated ones were apurer than snow,
  They were whiter than milk;
  They were more ruddy [in] IIbody than corals,
  Their polishing [was like] IIIblapis lazuli.
  8 Their appearance is ablacker than soot,
  They are not recognized in the streets;
  Their bskin is shriveled on their bones,
  It is withered, it has become like wood.
  9 Better are those Iaslain with the sword
  Than those Islain with hunger;
  For they IIbpine away, being stricken
  For lack of the fruits of IIIthe field.
  10 The hands of compassionate women
  aBoiled their own children;
  They became bfood for them
  Because of the destruction of the daughter of my people.
  11 The LORD has aaccomplished His wrath,
  He has poured out His fierce anger;
  And He has bkindled a fire in Zion
  Which has consumed its foundations.
  12 The kings of the earth did not believe,
  Nor [did] any of athe inhabitants of the world,
  That the adversary and the enemy
  Could benter the gates of Jerusalem.
  13 Because of the sins of her aprophets
  [And] the iniquities of her priests,
  Who have shed in her midst
  The bblood of the righteous;
  14 They wandered, ablind, in the streets;
  They were defiled with bblood
  So that no one could touch their cgarments.
  15 “Depart! aUnclean!” Ithey cried of themselves.
  “Depart, depart, do not touch!”
  So they bfled 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 Iahonor the priests,
  They did not favor the elders.
  17 Yet our eyes failed,
  [Looking] for Ihelp was auseless;
  In our watching we have watched
  For a bnation that could not save.
  18 They ahunted our steps
  So that we could not walk in our streets;
  Our bend drew near,
  Our days were Ifinished
  For our end had come.
  19 Our pursuers were aswifter
  Than the eagles of the sky;
  They chased us on the mountains,
  They waited in ambush for us in the wilderness.
  20 The abreath of our nostrils, the bLORDS anointed,
  Was ccaptured in their pits,
  Of whom we had said, “Under his dshadow
  We shall live among the nations.”
  21 Rejoice and be glad, O daughter of aEdom,
  Who dwells in the land of Uz;
  [But] the bcup will come around to you as well,
  You will become drunk and make yourself naked.
  22 [The punishment] of your iniquity has been acompleted, O daughter of Zion;
  He will exile you no longer.
  [But] He bwill punish your iniquity, O daughter of Edom;
  He will expose your sins!

[1] ILit head aEzk 7:19-22
[2] aIs 30:14; Jr 19:1, 11
[3] aIs 13:22; 34:13 bIs 49:15; Ezk 5:10 cJb 39:14-17
[4] aPs 22:15 bJr 14:3 cLm 2:12
[5] ILit established in crimson aJr 6:2; Am 6:3-7
[6] IOr punishment for iniquity IIOr punishment for sin IIIOr wrung over her aGn 19:24 bGn 19:25; Jr 20:16
[7] IOr Nazirites IILit bones IIIHeb sappir aPs 51:7 bEx 24:10; Jb 28:16
[8] aJb 30:30; Lm 5:10 bJb 19:20; Ps 102:3-5
[9] ILit pierced IILit flow away IIILit my fields aJr 16:4 bLv 26:39; Ezk 24:23
[10] aLv 26:29; Dt 28:57; 2K 6:29; Jr 19:9; Lm 2:20; Ezk 5:10 bDt 28:53-55
[11] aJr 7:20; Lm 2:17; Ezk 22:31 bDt 32:22; Jr 17:27
[12] aDt 29:24 bJr 21:13
[13] aJr 5:31; 6:13; Lm 2:14; Ezk 22:26-28 bJr 2:30; 26:8, 9; Mt 23:31
[14] aDt 28:28, 29; Is 29:10; 56:10; 59:9, 10 bIs 1:15 cJr 2:34
[15] IOr they (men) cried to them aLv 13:45, 46 bJr 49:5
[16] ILit lift up the faces of aIs 9:14-16; Jr 52:24-27
[17] ILit our help aJr 37:7; Lm 1:7 bEzk 29:6, 7, 16
[18] ILit full aJr 16:16 bJr 5:31; Ezk 7:2-12; Am 8:2
[19] aIs 5:26-28; 30:16, 17; Jr 4:13; Hab 1:8
[20] aGn 2:7 b2S 1:14; 19:21 cJr 39:5; 52:9 dDn 4:12
[21] aPs 137:7; Jr 25:21 bOb 16
[22] aIs 40:2; Jr 33:7, 8 bJr 49:10; Mal 1:3, 4


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Zion bewaileth her pitiful estate.

1 ¶ How is the gold become dim! [how] is the most fine gold changed! the stones of the sanctuary are poured out in the top of every street. 2 The precious sons of Zion, comparable to fine gold, how are they esteemed as earthen pitchers, the work of the hands of the potter! 3 Even the sea monsters draw out the breast, they give suck to their young ones: the daughter of my people [is become] cruel, like the ostriches in the wilderness. 4 The tongue of the sucking child cleaveth to the roof of his mouth for thirst: the young children ask bread, [and] no man breaketh [it] unto them. 5 They that did feed delicately are desolate in the streets: they that were brought up in scarlet embrace dunghills. 6 For the punishment of the iniquity of the daughter of my people is greater than the punishment of the sin of Sodom, that was overthrown as in a moment, and no hands stayed on her. 7 Her Nazarites were purer than snow, they were whiter than milk, they were more ruddy in body than rubies, their polishing [was] of sapphire: 8 Their visage is blacker than a coal; they are not known in the streets: their skin cleaveth to their bones; it is withered, it is become like a stick. 9 [They that be] slain with the sword are better than [they that be] slain with hunger: for these pine away, stricken through for [want of] the fruits of the field. 10 The hands of the pitiful women have sodden their own children: they were their meat in the destruction of the daughter of my people. 11 The LORD hath accomplished his fury; he hath poured out his fierce anger, and hath kindled a fire in Zion, and it hath devoured the foundations thereof. 12 The kings of the earth, and all the inhabitants of the world, would not have believed that the adversary and the enemy should have entered into the gates of Jerusalem.

[1] 2K 25:9; Is 1:21; 14:12; Jr 52:13; Lm 2:19; Ezk 7:19; Mt 24:2; Mk 13:2; Lk 21:5.
[2] Is 30:14; 51:18; Jr 19:11; 22:28; Lm 2:21; 5:12; Zc 9:13; Ro 9:21; 2Co 4:7; 2Ti 2:20.
[3] Lv 26:29; Dt 28:52; 2K 6:26; Jb 39:13; Is 49:15; Jr 19:9; Lm 2:20; 4:10; Ezk 5:10; Lk 23:28; Ro 1:31.
[4] Dt 32:24; Ps 22:15; 137:6; Lm 1:11; 2:11; Mt 7:9.
[5] Dt 28:54; 2S 1:24; Jb 24:8; Pv 31:21; Is 3:16; 24:6; 32:9; Jr 6:2; 9:21; Am 6:3; Lk 7:25; 15:16; 16:19; 1Ti 5:6; Rv 18:7.
[6] Gn 19:25; Is 1:9; Lm 4:9; Ezk 16:48; Dn 9:12; Mt 11:23; 24:21; Lk 10:12; 12:47.
[7] Nu 6:2; Jg 13:5, 7; 16:17; 1S 16:12; Ps 51:7; 144:12; So 5:10; Dn 1:15; Am 2:11; Lk 1:15.
[8] Ru 1:19; Jb 2:12; 19:20; 30:17, 30; 33:21; Ps 32:4; 38:3; 102:3, 11; 119:83; Is 52:14; Lm 4:1; 5:10; Jol 2:6; Na 2:10.
[9] Lv 26:39; Ezk 24:23; 33:10.
[10] Dt 28:56; 2K 6:26, 29; Is 49:15; Lm 2:20; 3:48; 4:3.
[11] Dt 32:21, 22; Jr 6:11; 7:20; 9:9; 13:14; 14:15; 15:1; 19:3; 21:14; 23:19; 24:8; Lm 2:8, 17; 4:22; Ezk 20:47; 22:31; Dn 9:12; Zc 1:6; Lk 21:22.
[12] Dt 29:24; 1K 9:8; Ps 48:4.

She confesseth her sins.

13 ¶ For the sins of her prophets, [and] the iniquities of her priests, that have shed the blood of the just in the midst of her, 14 They have wandered [as] blind [men] in the streets, they have polluted themselves with blood, so that men could not touch their garments. 15 They cried unto them, Depart ye; [it is] unclean; depart, depart, touch not: when they fled away and wandered, they said among the heathen, They shall no more sojourn [there]. 16 The anger of the LORD hath divided them; he will no more regard them: they respected not the persons of the priests, they favoured not the elders. 17 As for us, our eyes as yet failed for our vain help: in our watching we have watched for a nation [that] could not save [us]. 18 They hunt our steps, that we cannot go in our streets: our end is near, our days are fulfilled; for our end is come. 19 Our persecutors are swifter than the eagles of the heaven: they pursued us upon the mountains, they laid wait for us in the wilderness. 20 The breath of our nostrils, the anointed of the LORD, was taken in their pits, of whom we said, Under his shadow we shall live among the heathen.

[13] Jr 2:20; 5:31; 6:13; 14:14; 23:11; 26:8; Lm 2:14; Ezk 22:26; Mi 3:11; Zp 3:3; Mt 23:31, 33; Lk 11:47; Ac 7:52; 1Th 2:15.
[14] Nu 19:16; 35:33; Dt 28:28; Is 1:15; 29:10; 56:10; 59:9; Jr 2:34; Ho 4:2; Mi 3:6; Mt 15:14; Ep 4:18.
[16] Gn 49:7; Lv 26:33; Dt 28:25, 64; 32:26; 2K 25:18; 2Ch 36:17; Ps 106:44; Is 9:14; Jr 15:4; 24:9; Lm 5:12; He 8:9.
[17] 2K 24:7; Is 20:5; 30:1; 31:1; Jr 2:18, 36; 8:20; 37:7; Lm 1:19; Ezk 29:6, 16.
[18] 1S 24:14; 2K 25:4; Jb 10:16; Ps 140:11; Jr 1:12; 16:16; 39:4; 51:33; 52:7; Lm 3:52; Ezk 7:2; 12:22, 27; Am 8:2.
[19] Dt 28:49; Is 5:26; 30:16; Jr 4:13; Ho 8:1; Am 2:14; 9:1; Hab 1:8; Mt 24:27.
[20] Gn 2:7; 44:30; 1S 12:3, 5; 16:6; 24:6, 10; 26:9, 16; 2S 1:14, 21; 18:3; 19:21; Ps 89:20; Jr 39:5; 52:8; Lm 2:9; Ezk 12:13; 17:18; 19:4.

Edom is threatened.

21 ¶ Rejoice and be glad, O daughter of Edom, that dwellest in the land of Uz; the cup also shall pass through unto thee: thou shalt be drunken, and shalt make thyself naked.

[21] Gn 36:28; 2Ch 28:19; Jb 1:1; Ps 83:3; 137:7; Ec 11:9; Is 34:1; 63:1; Jr 25:15; 49:12; Ezk 25:6, 8, 12; 26:2; 35:3, 11; Am 1:11; Ob 1:1, 10; Mi 1:11; Mal 1:2; Rv 16:15.

Zion is comforted.

22 ¶ The punishment of thine iniquity is accomplished, O daughter of Zion; he will no more carry thee away into captivity: he will visit thine iniquity, O daughter of Edom; he will discover thy sins.

[22] Ps 137:7; Is 40:2; 52:1; 60:18; Jr 32:40; 46:27; 50:20; Lm 4:6, 21; Ezk 37:28.


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