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1How the gold has become dim! The most pure gold has changed! The stones of the sanctuary are poured out at the head of every street.


2The precious sons of Zion, comparable to fine gold, how are they esteemed as earthen pitchers, the work of the hands of the potter!


3Even the jackals draw out the breast, they nurse their young ones; the daughter of my people has become cruel like the ostriches in the wilderness.


4The tongue of the nursing child clings to the roof of his mouth for thirst; the young children ask bread, and no man breaks it to them.


5Those who fed delicately are desolate in the streets; those who were brought up in scarlet embrace dunghills.


6For the iniquity of the daughter of my people is greater than the sin of Sodom, which was overthrown as in a moment and no hands were laid on her.


7Her nobles were purer than snow, they were whiter than milk; they were more ruddy in body than coral, their polishing was as of sapphire.


8Their appearance is blacker than a coal; they are not known in the streets; their skin clings to their bones; it is withered, it has become like a stick.


9Those who are killed with the sword are better than those who are killed with hunger, for these pine away, stricken through for lack of the fruit of the field.


10The hands of the pitiful women have boiled their own children; they were their food in the destruction of the daughter of my people.


11Yahweh has accomplished his wrath, he has poured out his fierce anger; he has kindled a fire in Zion that has devoured its foundations.


12The kings of the earth didn’t believe, neither all the inhabitants of the world, that the adversary and the enemy would enter into the gates of Jerusalem;


13it is because of the sins of her prophets and the iniquities of her priests who have shed the blood of the righteous in the midst of her.


14They wander as blind men in the streets, they are polluted with blood so that men cannot touch their garments.


15“Depart!” they cried out to them, “Unclean! Depart, depart, do not touch!” When they fled away and wandered, men said among the nations, “They cannot live here any more.”


16The anger of Yahweh has scattered them; he will no more regard them. They didn’t respect the persons of the priests, they didn’t favor the elders.


17Our eyes still fail, looking in vain for our help. In our watching we have watched for a nation that could not save.


18They hunt our steps so that we cannot go in our streets. Our end is near, our days are fulfilled, for our end has come.


19Our pursuers were swifter than the eagles of the heavens. They chased us on the mountains, they laid wait for us in the wilderness.


20The breath of our nostrils, the anointed of Yahweh, was taken in their pits of whom we said, “Under his shadow we will live among the nations.”


21Rejoice and be glad, O daughter Edom, you who live in the land of Uz. But the cup will pass through to you also; you will be drunken and will make yourself naked.


22The punishment of your iniquity is accomplished, Daughter Zion; he will no more carry you away into captivity, he will visit your iniquity, Daughter Edom; he will uncover your sins.

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