Nobles Living as Beggars – Lamentations 4

Book of Lamentations

Lamentations 4:1 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. 

Lamentations 4:2 The precious sons of Zion,  comparable to fine gold, how are they esteemed as earthen  pitchers, the work of the hands of the potter! 

Lamentations 4:3 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. 

Lamentations 4:4 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. 

Lamentations 4:5 They that did feed delicately are desolate in the  streets: they that were brought up in scarlet embrace  dunghills. 

Lamentations 4:6 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. 

Lamentations 4:7 Her Nazarites were purer than  snow, they were whiter than milk, they were more ruddy in  body than rubies, their polishing was of sapphire: 

Lamentations 4:8  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. 

Lamentations 4:9 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. 

Lamentations 4:10 The hands of the pitiful women have  sodden their own children: they were their meat in the  destruction of the daughter of my people. 

Lamentations 4:11 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. 

Lamentations 4:12 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.   

Lamentations 4:13 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, 

Lamentations 4:14 They have wandered as blind men in the  streets, they have polluted themselves with blood, so that  men could not touch their garments. 

Lamentations 4:15 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. 

Lamentations 4:16 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. 

Lamentations 4:17 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. 

Lamentations 4:18 They  hunt our steps, that we cannot go in our streets: our end is  near, our days are fulfilled; for our end is come. 

Lamentations 4:19 Our  persecutors are swifter than the eagles of the heaven: they  pursued us upon the mountains, they laid wait for us in the  wilderness. 

Lamentations 4:20 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.  

Lamentations 4:21 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.  

Lamentations 4:22 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.  KJV 

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