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The tongue of the infant clings
To the roof of its mouth because of thirst;
The little ones ask for food,
But no one gives it to them.

Those who feasted on delicacies
Are perishing in the streets;
Those reared in purple [as nobles]
Embrace ash heaps.

For the [punishment of the] wickedness of the daughter of my people [Jerusalem]
Is greater than the [punishment for the] sin of Sodom,
Which was overthrown in a moment,
And no hands were turned toward her [to offer help].(A)

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Because of thirst(A) the infant’s tongue
    sticks to the roof of its mouth;(B)
the children beg for bread,
    but no one gives it to them.(C)

Those who once ate delicacies
    are destitute in the streets.
Those brought up in royal purple(D)
    now lie on ash heaps.(E)

The punishment of my people
    is greater than that of Sodom,(F)
which was overthrown in a moment
    without a hand turned to help her.

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