OCTOBER 13 Lamentations 4-5, Isaiah 13

LAMENTATIONS
4:1
How is the gold become dim! how is the most fine gold changed! the stones of the sanctuary are poured out in the top of every street.
4:2
The precious sons of Zion, comparable to fine gold, how are they esteemed as earthen pitchers, the work of the hands of the potter!
4:3
Even the sea monsters draw out the breast, they give suck to their young ones: the daughter of my people is become cruel, like the ostriches in the wilderness.
4:4
The tongue of the sucking child cleaveth to the roof of his mouth for thirst: the young children ask bread, and no man breaketh it unto them.
4:5
They that did feed delicately are desolate in the streets: they that were brought up in scarlet embrace dunghills.
4:6
For the punishment of the iniquity of the daughter of my people is greater than the punishment of the sin of Sodom, that was overthrown as in a moment, and no hands stayed on her.
4:7
Her Nazarites were purer than snow, they were whiter than milk, they were more ruddy in body than rubies, their polishing was of sapphire:
4:8
Their visage is blacker than a coal; they are not known in the streets: their skin cleaveth to their bones; it is withered, it is become like a stick.
4:9
They that be slain with the sword are better than they that be slain with hunger: for these pine away, stricken through for want of the fruits of the field.
4:10
The hands of the pitiful women have sodden their own children: they were their meat in the destruction of the daughter of my people.
4:11
The LORD hath accomplished his fury; he hath poured out his fierce anger, and hath kindled a fire in Zion, and it hath devoured the foundations thereof.
4:12
The kings of the earth, and all the inhabitants of the world, would not have believed that the adversary and the enemy should have entered into the gates of Jerusalem.
4:13
For the sins of her prophets, and the iniquities of her priests, that have shed the blood of the just in the midst of her,
4:14
They have wandered as blind men in the streets, they have polluted themselves with blood, so that men could not touch their garments.
4:15
They cried unto them, Depart ye; it is unclean; depart, depart, touch not: when they fled away and wandered, they said among the heathen, They shall no more sojourn there.
4:16
The anger of the LORD hath divided them; he will no more regard them: they respected not the persons of the priests, they favoured not the elders.
4:17
As for us, our eyes as yet failed for our vain help: in our watching we have watched for a nation that could not save us.
4:18
They hunt our steps, that we cannot go in our streets: our end is near, our days are fulfilled; for our end is come.
4:19
Our persecutors are swifter than the eagles of the heaven: they pursued us upon the mountains, they laid wait for us in the wilderness.
4:20
The breath of our nostrils, the anointed of the LORD, was taken in their pits, of whom we said, Under his shadow we shall live among the heathen.
4:21
Rejoice and be glad, O daughter of Edom, that dwellest in the land of Uz; the cup also shall pass through unto thee: thou shalt be drunken, and shalt make thyself naked.
4:22
The punishment of thine iniquity is accomplished, O daughter of Zion; he will no more carry thee away into captivity: he will visit thine iniquity, O daughter of Edom; he will discover thy sins.
5:1
Remember, O LORD, what is come upon us: consider, and behold our reproach.
5:2
Our inheritance is turned to strangers, our houses to aliens.
5:3
We are orphans and fatherless, our mothers are as widows.
5:4
We have drunken our water for money; our wood is sold unto us.
5:5
Our necks are under persecution: we labour, and have no rest.
5:6
We have given the hand to the Egyptians, and to the Assyrians, to be satisfied with bread.
5:7
Our fathers have sinned, and are not; and we have borne their iniquities.
5:8
Servants have ruled over us: there is none that doth deliver us out of their hand.
5:9
We gat our bread with the peril of our lives because of the sword of the wilderness.
5:10
Our skin was black like an oven because of the terrible famine.
5:11
They ravished the women in Zion, and the maids in the cities of Judah.
5:12
Princes are hanged up by their hand: the faces of elders were not honoured.
5:13
They took the young men to grind, and the children fell under the wood.
5:14
The elders have ceased from the gate, the young men from their musick.
5:15
The joy of our heart is ceased; our dance is turned into mourning.
5:16
The crown is fallen from our head: woe unto us, that we have sinned!
5:17
For this our heart is faint; for these things our eyes are dim.
5:18
Because of the mountain of Zion, which is desolate, the foxes walk upon it.
5:19
Thou, O LORD, remainest for ever; thy throne from generation to generation.
5:20
Wherefore dost thou forget us for ever, and forsake us so long time?
5:21
Turn thou us unto thee, O LORD, and we shall be turned; renew our days as of old.
5:22
But thou hast utterly rejected us; thou art very wroth against us.

ISAIAH
13:1
The burden of Babylon, which Isaiah the son of Amoz did see.
13:2
Lift ye up a banner upon the high mountain, exalt the voice unto them, shake the hand, that they may go into the gates of the nobles.
13:3
I have commanded my sanctified ones, I have also called my mighty ones for mine anger, even them that rejoice in my highness.
13:4
The noise of a multitude in the mountains, like as of a great people; a tumultuous noise of the kingdoms of nations gathered together: the LORD of hosts mustereth the host of the battle.
13:5
They come from a far country, from the end of heaven, even the LORD, and the weapons of his indignation, to destroy the whole land.
13:6
Howl ye; for the day of the LORD is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty.
13:7
Therefore shall all hands be faint, and every man's heart shall melt:
13:8
And they shall be afraid: pangs and sorrows shall take hold of them; they shall be in pain as a woman that travaileth: they shall be amazed one at another; their faces shall be as flames.
13:9
Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it.
13:10
For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine.
13:11
And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible.
13:12
I will make a man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir.
13:13
Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath of the LORD of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger.
13:14
And it shall be as the chased roe, and as a sheep that no man taketh up: they shall every man turn to his own people, and flee every one into his own land.
13:15
Every one that is found shall be thrust through; and every one that is joined unto them shall fall by the sword.
13:16
Their children also shall be dashed to pieces before their eyes; their houses shall be spoiled, and their wives ravished.
13:17
Behold, I will stir up the Medes against them, which shall not regard silver; and as for gold, they shall not delight in it.
13:18
Their bows also shall dash the young men to pieces; and they shall have no pity on the fruit of the womb; their eyes shall not spare children.
13:19
And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, the beauty of the Chaldees' excellency, shall be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah.
13:20
It shall never be inhabited, neither shall it be dwelt in from generation to generation: neither shall the Arabian pitch tent there; neither shall the shepherds make their fold there.
13:21
But wild beasts of the desert shall lie there; and their houses shall be full of doleful creatures; and owls shall dwell there, and satyrs shall dance there.
13:22
And the wild beasts of the islands shall cry in their desolate houses, and dragons in their pleasant palaces: and her time is near to come, and her days shall not be prolonged.

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