4 O how the gold that shines becomes dim, the good gold!*+
O how the holy stones*+ are poured out at the head of all the streets!+
2 As for the precious sons of Zion,+ those who were weighed against refined gold,*
O how they have been reckoned as large jars of earthenware, the work of the hands of a potter!+
3 Even jackals themselves have presented the udder. They have suckled their cubs.
The daughter of my people becomes cruel,+ like ostriches in the wilderness.+
4 The tongue of the suckling has cleaved to its palate because of thirst.+
Children themselves have asked for bread.+ There is no one dealing [it] out to them.+
5 The very ones that were eating pleasant things have been struck with astonishment in the streets.+
The very ones that were being reared in scarlet+ have had to embrace ash heaps.+
6 The [punishment for the] error of the daughter of my people also becomes greater than the [punishment for the] sin of Sodʹom,+
Which was overthrown as in a moment, and to which no hands turned [helpfully].+
7 Her Nazʹi·rites+ were purer than snow;+ they were whiter than milk.
They were in fact more ruddy+ than corals; their polish was as the sapphire.+
8 Their aspect has become darker than blackness itself. They have not been recognized in the streets.+
Their skin has shriveled upon their bones.+ It has become just as dry as a tree.
9 Better have those slain with the sword+ proved to be than those slain by famine,+
Because these pine away,* pierced through for lack of the produce of the open field.
10 The very hands of compassionate women have boiled their own children.+
They have become as bread of consolation to one during the breakdown of the daughter of my people.+
11 Jehovah has accomplished his rage.+ He has poured out his burning anger.+
And he sets a fire ablaze in Zion, which eats up her foundations.+
12 The kings of the earth and all the inhabitants of the productive land* had not believed+
That the adversary and the enemy would come into the gates of Jerusalem.+
13 Because of the sins of her prophets, the errors of her priests,+
There were in the midst of her those pouring out the blood of righteous ones.+
14 They have wandered about as blind+ in the streets.+ They have become polluted with blood,+
So that none are able to touch their garments.+
15 “Get out of the way! Unclean!”+ they have called out to them. “Get out of the way! Get out of the way! Do not touch!”+
For they have gone homeless.+ They have also wandered about.+ People have said among the nations: “They will not reside again as aliens.+
16 The face of Jehovah has divided them up.+ He will not look upon them again.+
Men will certainly show no consideration even for the priests.+ They will certainly show no favor even to the old men.”+
17 While we yet are, our eyes keep pining away in vain for assistance to us.+
During our looking about we have looked out to a nation that can bring no salvation.+
18 They have hunted our steps+ so that there is no walking in our public squares.
Our end has drawn near. Our days have come to their full, for our end has come.+
19 Swifter than the eagles of the heavens our pursuers have proved to be.+
+ In the wilderness they have lain in wait for us.+Upon the mountains they have hotly pursued us.
20 The very breath* of our nostrils,+ the anointed one* of Jehovah,*+ has been captured in their large pit,+
The one of whom we have said: “In his shade+ we shall live among the nations.”+
21 Exult and rejoice,+ O daughter of Eʹdom,+ dwelling as you do in the land of Uz.+
To you also the cup* will pass along.+ You will become drunk and show yourself in nakedness.+
22 Your error, O daughter of Zion, has come to its finish.+ He will not* carry you off into exile again.+
He has turned his attention to your error, O daughter of Eʹdom. He has uncovered your sins.+