The (A)tongue of the infant cleaves
To the roof of its mouth because of (B)thirst;
The little ones (C)ask for bread,
But no one breaks it for them.
Those who ate (D)delicacies
Are desolate in the streets;
Those [a]reared in purple
Embrace ash pits.
For the [b]iniquity of the daughter of my people
Is greater than the [c](E)sin of Sodom,
Which was (F)overthrown as in a moment,
And no hands were [d]turned toward her.

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Footnotes

  1. Lamentations 4:5 Lit established in crimson
  2. Lamentations 4:6 Or punishment for iniquity
  3. Lamentations 4:6 Or punishment for sin
  4. Lamentations 4:6 Or wrung over her

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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