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.
The precious sons of Zion, comparable to fine gold, how are they esteemed
as earthen pitchers, the work of the hands of the potter!
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
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.
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.
Her Nazarites were purer than snow, they were whiter than milk, they were
more ruddy in body than rubies, their polishing was of sapphire:
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
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
The hands of the
pitiful women have sodden their own children: they were their meat
in the destruction of the daughter of my people.
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.
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.
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,
They have wandered as blind men in the streets, they have polluted
themselves with blood, so that men could not touch their garments.
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.
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.
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.
They hunt our steps, that we cannot go in our streets: our end is near,
our days are fulfilled; for our end is come.
Our persecutors are swifter than the eagles of the heaven: they pursued us
upon the mountains, they laid wait for us in the wilderness.
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.
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.
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.