How they have been regarded as earthenware jars,
The work of a potter’s hands!
3 Even jackals offer the udder to nurse their young,
4 The tongue of the nursing infant sticks to its palate because of thirst.
Those who were brought up wearing scarlet+ have embraced ash heaps.
Which was overthrown in a moment, with no hand to help her.+
They were more ruddy than corals; they were like polished sapphires.
Their skin has shriveled over their bones;+ it has become like dry wood.
Those who waste away, who are pierced through for lack of food from the field.
They have become their food of mourning during the breakdown of the daughter of my people.+
And he starts a fire in Zion that consumes her foundations.+
12 The kings of the earth and all the inhabitants of the productive land did not believe
That the adversary and the enemy would enter the gates of Jerusalem.+
Who shed the blood of righteous ones in her midst.+
They are polluted with blood,+
So that none are able to touch their garments.
15 “Go away! Unclean!” they call out to them. “Go away! Go away! Do not touch us!”
For they have gone homeless and wander about.
We looked and looked for help from a nation that could not save us.+
Our end has drawn near; our days have finished, for our end has come.
They chased us on the mountains; they ambushed us in the wilderness.
The one of whom we said: “In his shade we will live among the nations.”
22 The punishment for your error, O daughter of Zion, has come to its finish.
He will not carry you off into exile again.+
But he will turn his attention to your error, O daughter of Eʹdom.
He will uncover your sins.+