New King James Version
The Degradation of Zion
4 How the gold has become dim!
How changed the fine gold!
The stones of the sanctuary are [a]scattered
At the head of every street.
3 Even the jackals present their breasts
To nurse their young;
But the daughter of my people is cruel,
(B)Like ostriches in the wilderness.
4 The tongue of the infant clings
To the roof of its mouth for thirst;
(C)The young children ask for bread,
But no one breaks it for them.
5 Those who ate delicacies
Are desolate in the streets;
Those who were brought up in scarlet
(D)Embrace ash heaps.
8 Now their appearance is blacker than soot;
They go unrecognized in the streets;
(G)Their skin clings to their bones,
It has become as dry as wood.
12 The kings of the earth,
And all inhabitants of the world,
Would not have believed
That the adversary and the enemy
Could (O)enter the gates of Jerusalem—
15 They cried out to them,
“Go away, (T)unclean!
Go away, go away,
Do not touch us!”
When they fled and wandered,
Those among the nations said,
“They shall no longer dwell here.”
17 Still (V)our eyes failed us,
Watching vainly for our help;
In our watching we watched
For a nation that could not save us.
19 Our pursuers were (Y)swifter
Than the eagles of the heavens.
They pursued us on the mountains
And lay in wait for us in the wilderness.
Prayer for Restoration
5 Remember, (AF)O Lord, what has come upon us;
Look, and behold (AG)our reproach!
2 (AH)Our inheritance has been turned over to aliens,
And our houses to foreigners.
3 We have become orphans and waifs,
Our mothers are like (AI)widows.
4 We pay for the water we drink,
And our wood comes at a price.
5 (AJ)They pursue at our [k]heels;
We labor and have no rest.
6 (AK)We have given our hand (AL)to the Egyptians
And the (AM)Assyrians, to be satisfied with bread.
7 (AN)Our fathers sinned and are no more,
But we bear their iniquities.
8 Servants rule over us;
There is none to deliver us from their hand.
9 We get our bread at the risk of our lives,
Because of the sword in the wilderness.
10 Our skin is hot as an oven,
Because of the fever of famine.
11 They (AO)ravished the women in Zion,
The maidens in the cities of Judah.
12 Princes were hung up by their hands,
And elders were not respected.
13 Young men (AP)ground at the millstones;
Boys staggered under loads of wood.
14 The elders have ceased gathering at the gate,
And the young men from their (AQ)music.
15 The joy of our heart has ceased;
Our dance has turned into (AR)mourning.
16 (AS)The crown has fallen from our head.
Woe to us, for we have sinned!
17 Because of this our heart is faint;
(AT)Because of these things our eyes grow dim;
18 Because of Mount Zion which is (AU)desolate,
With foxes walking about on it.
19 You, O Lord, (AV)remain forever;
(AW)Your throne from generation to generation.
20 (AX)Why do You forget us forever,
And forsake us for so long a time?
21 (AY)Turn us back to You, O Lord, and we will be [l]restored;
Renew our days as of old,
22 Unless You have utterly rejected us,
And are very angry with us!
- Lamentations 4:1 Lit. poured out
- Lamentations 4:2 Lit. Weighed against
- Lamentations 4:2 reckoned
- Lamentations 4:7 Or nobles
- Lamentations 4:7 Or purer
- Lamentations 4:7 Lit. polishing
- Lamentations 4:10 boiled
- Lamentations 4:16 Tg. anger
- Lamentations 4:18 Lit. hunted
- Lamentations 4:22 has been completed
- Lamentations 5:5 Lit. necks
- Lamentations 5:21 returned