How the gold has become dim!
How changed the fine gold!
The stones of the sanctuary are scattered
At the head of every street.
The precious sons of Zion,
Valuable as fine gold,
How they are regarded a as clay pots,
The work of the hands of the potter!
Even the jackals present their breasts
To nurse their young;
But the daughter of my people is cruel,
b Like ostriches in the wilderness.
The tongue of the infant clings
To the roof of its mouth for thirst;
c The young children ask for bread,
But no one breaks it for them.
Those who ate delicacies
Are desolate in the streets;
Those who were brought up in scarlet
d Embrace ash heaps.
The punishment of the iniquity of the daughter of my people
Is greater than the punishment of the e sin of Sodom,
Which was f overthrown in a moment,
With no hand to help her!
Her Nazirites were brighter than snow
And whiter than milk;
They were more ruddy in body than rubies,
Like sapphire in their appearance.
Now their appearance is blacker than soot;
They go unrecognized in the streets;
g Their skin clings to their bones,
It has become as dry as wood.
Those slain by the sword are better off
Than those who die of hunger;
For these h pine away,
Stricken for lack of the fruits of the i field.
The hands of the j compassionate women
Have cooked their k own children;
They became l food for them
In the destruction of the daughter of my people.
The LORD has fulfilled His fury,
m He has poured out His fierce anger.
n He kindled a fire in Zion,
And it has devoured its foundations.
The kings of the earth,
And all inhabitants of the world,
Would not have believed
That the adversary and the enemy
Could o enter the gates of Jerusalem -
p Because of the sins of her prophets
And the iniquities of her priests,
q Who shed in her midst
The blood of the just.
They wandered blind in the streets;
r They have defiled themselves with blood,
s So that no one would touch their garments.
They cried out to them,
"Go away, t unclean!
Go away, go away,
Do not touch us!"
When they fled and wandered,
Those among the nations said,
"They shall no longer dwell here."
The face of the LORD scattered them;
He no longer regards them.
u The people do not respect the priests
Nor show favor to the elders.
Still v our eyes failed us,
Watching vainly for our help;
In our watching we watched
For a nation that could not save us.
w They tracked our steps
So that we could not walk in our streets.
x Our end was near;
Our days were over,
For our end had come.
Our pursuers were y swifter
Than the eagles of the heavens.
They pursued us on the mountains
And lay in wait for us in the wilderness.
The z breath of our nostrils, the anointed of the LORD,
a Was caught in their pits,
Of whom we said, "Under his shadow
We shall live among the nations."
Rejoice and be glad, O daughter of b Edom,
You who dwell in the land of Uz!
c The cup shall also pass over to you
And you shall become drunk and make yourself naked.
d The punishment of your iniquity is accomplished,
O daughter of Zion;
He will no longer send you into captivity.
e He will punish your iniquity,
O daughter of Edom;
He will uncover your sins!
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
And He shall break it like the breaking of the potter's vessel, Which is broken in pieces; He shall not spare. So there shall not be found among its fragments A shard to take fire from the hearth, Or to take water from the cistern.
And say to them, 'Thus says the LORD of hosts: "Even so I will break this people and this city, as one breaks a potter's vessel, which cannot be made whole again; and they shall bury them in Tophet till there is no place to bury.
2 Corinthians 4:7
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.
Job 39:14 - 17
For she leaves her eggs on the ground, And warms them in the dust.
My strength is dried up like a potsherd, And My tongue clings to My jaws; You have brought Me to the dust of death.
They are wet with the showers of the mountains, And huddle around the rock for want of shelter.
As I live," says the Lord GOD, "neither your sister Sodom nor her daughters have done as you and your daughters have done.
So He overthrew those cities, all the plain, all the inhabitants of the cities, and what grew on the ground.
And let that man be like the cities Which the LORD overthrew, and did not relent; Let him hear the cry in the morning And the shouting at noon.
My bone clings to my skin and to my flesh, And I have escaped by the skin of my teeth.
Because of the sound of my groaning My bones cling to my skin.
And those of you who are left shall waste away in their iniquity in your enemies' lands; also in their fathers' iniquities, which are with them, they shall waste away.
Your turbans shall be on your heads and your sandals on your feet; you shall neither mourn nor weep, but you shall pine away in your iniquities and mourn with one another.
"They shall die gruesome deaths; they shall not be lamented nor shall they be buried, but they shall be like refuse on the face of the earth. They shall be consumed by the sword and by famine, and their corpses shall be meat for the birds of heaven and for the beasts of the earth."
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2 Kings 6:29
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Can a woman forget her nursing child, And not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely they may forget, Yet I will not forget you.
Her placenta which comes out from between her feet and her children whom she bears; for she will eat them secretly for lack of everything in the siege and desperate straits in which your enemy shall distress you at all your gates.
Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: "Behold, My anger and My fury will be poured out on this place - on man and on beast, on the trees of the field and on the fruit of the ground. And it will burn and not be quenched.
The LORD has done what He purposed; He has fulfilled His word Which He commanded in days of old. He has thrown down and has not pitied, And He has caused an enemy to rejoice over you; He has exalted the horn of your adversaries.
Therefore I have poured out My indignation on them; I have consumed them with the fire of My wrath; and I have recompensed their deeds on their own heads," says the Lord GOD.
For a fire is kindled in My anger, And shall burn to the lowest hell; It shall consume the earth with her increase, And set on fire the foundations of the mountains.
But I will punish you according to the fruit of your doings," says the LORD; "I will kindle a fire in its forest, And it shall devour all things around it." '
"Behold, I am against you, O inhabitant of the valley, And rock of the plain," says the LORD, "Who say, 'Who shall come down against us? Or who shall enter our dwellings?'
The prophets prophesy falsely, And the priests rule by their own power; And My people love to have it so. But what will you do in the end?
Her priests have violated My law and profaned My holy things; they have not distinguished between the holy and unholy, nor have they made known the difference between the unclean and the clean; and they have hidden their eyes from My Sabbaths, so that I am profaned among them.
Her prophets plastered them with untempered mortar, seeing false visions, and divining lies for them, saying, 'Thus says the Lord GOD,' when the LORD had not spoken.
Her prophets are insolent, treacherous people; Her priests have polluted the sanctuary, They have done violence to the law.
In vain I have chastened your children; They received no correction. Your sword has devoured your prophets Like a destroying lion.
Now it happened, when Jeremiah had made an end of speaking all that the LORD had commanded him to speak to all the people, that the priests and the prophets and all the people seized him, saying, "You will surely die!
Why have you prophesied in the name of the LORD, saying, 'This house shall be like Shiloh, and this city shall be desolate, without an inhabitant'?" And all the people were gathered against Jeremiah in the house of the LORD.
Therefore you are witnesses against yourselves that you are sons of those who murdered the prophets.
Also on your skirts is found The blood of the lives of the poor innocents. I have not found it by secret search, But plainly on all these things.
Whoever in the open field touches one who is slain by a sword or who has died, or a bone of a man, or a grave, shall be unclean seven days.
"Now the leper on whom the sore is, his clothes shall be torn and his head bare; and he shall cover his mustache, and cry, 'Unclean! Unclean!'
He shall be unclean. All the days he has the sore he shall be unclean. He is unclean, and he shall dwell alone; his dwelling shall be outside the camp.
Princes were hung up by their hands, And elders were not respected.
2 Kings 24:7
And the king of Egypt did not come out of his land anymore, for the king of Babylon had taken all that belonged to the king of Egypt from the Brook of Egypt to the River Euphrates.
2 Kings 25:4
Then the city wall was broken through, and all the men of war fled at night by way of the gate between two walls, which was by the king's garden, even though the Chaldeans were still encamped all around against the city. And the king went by way of the plain.
And you, son of man, thus says the Lord GOD to the land of Israel: 'An end! The end has come upon the four corners of the land.
Now the end has come upon you, And I will send My anger against you; I will judge you according to your ways, And I will repay you for all your abominations.
An end has come, The end has come; It has dawned for you; Behold, it has come!
And He said, "Amos, what do you see?" So I said, "A basket of summer fruit." Then the LORD said to me: "The end has come upon My people Israel; I will not pass by them anymore.
The LORD will bring a nation against you from afar, from the end of the earth, as swift as the eagle flies, a nation whose language you will not understand.
And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.
So they took the king and brought him up to the king of Babylon at Riblah in the land of Hamath, and he pronounced judgment on him.
I will also spread My net over him, and he shall be caught in My snare. I will bring him to Babylon, to the land of the Chaldeans; yet he shall not see it, though he shall die there.
Psalms 83:3 - 6
They have taken crafty counsel against Your people, And consulted together against Your sheltered ones.
For thus says the LORD God of Israel to me: "Take this wine cup of fury from My hand, and cause all the nations, to whom I send you, to drink it.
"Speak comfort to Jerusalem, and cry out to her, That her warfare is ended, That her iniquity is pardoned; For she has received from the LORD's hand Double for all her sins."
And I will cause the captives of Judah and the captives of Israel to return, and will rebuild those places as at the first.
I will cleanse them from all their iniquity by which they have sinned against Me, and I will pardon all their iniquities by which they have sinned and by which they have transgressed against Me.
Remember, O LORD, against the sons of Edom The day of Jerusalem, Who said, "Raze it, raze it, To its very foundation!