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Lamentations 4 - NIV


How the gold has lost its luster,
the fine gold become dull!
The sacred gems are scattered
at every street corner.


How the precious children of Zion,
once worth their weight in gold,
are now considered as pots of clay,
the work of a potter’s hands!


Even jackals offer their breasts
to nurse their young,
but my people have become heartless
like ostriches in the desert.


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


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


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


Their princes were brighter than snow
and whiter than milk,
their bodies more ruddy than rubies,
their appearance like lapis lazuli.


But now they are blacker than soot;
they are not recognized in the streets.
Their skin has shriveled on their bones;
it has become as dry as a stick.


Those killed by the sword are better off
than those who die of famine;
racked with hunger, they waste away
for lack of food from the field.


With their own hands compassionate women
have cooked their own children,
who became their food
when my people were destroyed.


The Lord has given full vent to his wrath;
he has poured out his fierce anger.
He kindled a fire in Zion
that consumed her foundations.


The kings of the earth did not believe,
nor did any of the peoples of the world,
that enemies and foes could enter
the gates of Jerusalem.


But it happened because of the sins of her prophets
and the iniquities of her priests,
who shed within her
the blood of the righteous.


Now they grope through the streets
as if they were blind.
They are so defiled with blood
that no one dares to touch their garments.


“Go away! You are unclean!” people cry to them.
“Away! Away! Don’t touch us!”
When they flee and wander about,
people among the nations say,
“They can stay here no longer.”


The Lord himself has scattered them;
he no longer watches over them.
The priests are shown no honor,
the elders no favor.


Moreover, our eyes failed,
looking in vain for help;
from our towers we watched
for a nation that could not save us.


People stalked us at every step,
so we could not walk in our streets.
Our end was near, our days were numbered,
for our end had come.


Our pursuers were swifter
than eagles in the sky;
they chased us over the mountains
and lay in wait for us in the desert.


The Lord’s anointed, our very life breath,
was caught in their traps.
We thought that under his shadow
we would live among the nations.


Rejoice and be glad, Daughter Edom,
you who live in the land of Uz.
But to you also the cup will be passed;
you will be drunk and stripped naked.


Your punishment will end, Daughter Zion;
he will not prolong your exile.
But he will punish your sin, Daughter Edom,
and expose your wickedness.

Sermons on Lamentations 4 More sermons: Lamentations 4

Mike Fogerson avatar
What to Do When the Leaders Sins
Shared by: Mike Fogerson on Jul, 2011
Summary: A look at what to do when the leader falls into serious sin.
based on 3 ratings
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,211
Tom Shepard avatar
Letters Of Lament - Thoughts From Lamentations Chapter Four
Shared by: Tom Shepard on Jun, 2009
Summary: Comments from Lamentations chapter four.
based on 24 ratings
Scripture: Lamentations 4:1-22
Views: 3,395
Scott Chambers avatar
What Happens When All Seems Lost
Shared by: Scott Chambers on Sep, 2007
Summary: This is a message from a series from the Book of Lamentations.
based on 9 ratings
Scripture: Lamentations 4:1-22
Views: 13,768
Gregory  Neill avatar
It Could Happen To You
Shared by: Gregory Neill on Jan, 2007
Summary: Part 7 in a series on Lamentations. Jeremiah reveals things that Isreal thought would not happen.
based on 3 ratings
Scripture: Lamentations 4:1-22
Views: 824
Lynn Malone avatar
Mommy 9-1-1
Shared by: Lynn Malone on May, 2005
Summary: A prophetic call for mothers to value their children.
based on 5 ratings
Scripture: Lamentations 4:1-4
Denomination: United Methodist
Views: 1,494
Kenneth  Trent avatar
Shared by: Kenneth Trent on Sep, 2003
Summary: Lamentations symbolically describes the sorrow the nation of Judah experienced in Babylonian captivity. Jeremiah proclaims that Judah’s bondage was the consequence of her sin.
based on 101 ratings
Scripture: Lamentations 4:1-2
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,833