Lamentations 4:2
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New International Version
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!

New Living Translation
See how the precious children of Jerusalem, worth their weight in fine gold, are now treated like pots of clay made by a common potter.

English Standard Version
The precious sons of Zion, worth their weight in fine gold, how they are regarded as earthen pots, the work of a potter’s hands!

New American Standard Bible
The precious sons of Zion, Weighed against fine gold, How they are regarded as earthen jars, The work of a potter's hands!

King James Bible
The precious sons of Zion, comparable to fine gold, how are they esteemed as earthen pitchers, the work of the hands of the potter!

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Zion's precious people-- once worth their weight in pure gold-- how they are regarded as clay jars, the work of a potter's hands!

International Standard Version
Though the precious people of Zion were like fine gold, how they are valued like clay vessels, the handiwork of a potter!

NET Bible
The precious sons of Zion were worth their weight in gold--Alas!--but now they are treated like broken clay pots, made by a potter.

New Heart English Bible
The precious sons of Zion, comparable to fine gold, How they are regarded as clay jars, the work of the hands of the potter.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Zion's precious children, who are worth their weight in fine gold, are now treated like clay pots, like those made by a potter's hands.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The precious sons of Zion, Comparable to fine gold, How are they esteemed as earthen pitchers, The work of the hands of the potter!

New American Standard 1977
The precious sons of Zion,
            Weighed against fine gold,
            How they are regarded as earthen jars,
            The work of a potter’s hands!

Jubilee Bible 2000
Beth The sons of Zion, precious and esteemed more than pure gold, how are they taken for earthen vessels, the work of the hands of the potter!

King James 2000 Bible
The precious sons of Zion, comparable to fine gold, how are they esteemed as earthen pitchers, the work of the hands of the potter!

American King James Version
The precious sons of Zion, comparable to fine gold, how are they esteemed as earthen pitchers, the work of the hands of the potter!

American Standard Version
The precious sons of Zion, comparable to fine gold, How are they esteemed as earthen pitchers, the work of the hands of the potter!

Douay-Rheims Bible
Beth. The noble sons of Sion, and they that were clothed with the best gold: how are they esteemed as earthen vessels, the work of the potter's hands?

Darby Bible Translation
The sons of Zion, so precious, comparable to fine gold, how are they esteemed as earthen pitchers, the work of the hands of the potter!

English Revised Version
The precious sons of Zion, comparable to fine gold, how are they esteemed as earthen pitchers, the work of the hands of the potter!

Webster's Bible Translation
The precious sons of Zion, comparable to fine gold, how are they esteemed as earthen pitchers, the work of the hands of the potter!

World English Bible
The precious sons of Zion, comparable to fine gold, How are they esteemed as earthen pitchers, the work of the hands of the potter!

Young's Literal Translation
The precious sons of Zion, Who are comparable with fine gold, How have they been reckoned earthen bottles, Work of the hands of a potter.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
4:1-12 What a change is here! Sin tarnishes the beauty of the most exalted powers and the most excellent gifts; but that gold, tried in the fire, which Christ bestows, never will be taken from us; its outward appearance may be dimmed, but its real value can never be changed. The horrors of the siege and destruction of Jerusalem are again described. Beholding the sad consequences of sin in the church of old, let us seriously consider to what the same causes may justly bring down the church now. But, Lord, though we have gone from thee in rebellion, yet turn to us, and turn our hearts to thee, that we may fear thy name. Come to us, bless us with awakening, converting, renewing, confirming grace.
Study Bible
The Distress of Zion
1How dark the gold has become, How the pure gold has changed! The sacred stones are poured out At the corner of every street. 2The precious sons of Zion, Weighed against fine gold, How they are regarded as earthen jars, The work of a potter's hands! 3Even jackals offer the breast, They nurse their young; But the daughter of my people has become cruel Like ostriches in the wilderness.…
Cross References
2 Corinthians 4:7
Now we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this surpassingly great power is from God and not from us.

Isaiah 30:14
Whose collapse is like the smashing of a potter's jar, So ruthlessly shattered That a sherd will not be found among its pieces To take fire from a hearth Or to scoop water from a cistern."

Jeremiah 19:1
Thus says the LORD, "Go and buy a potter's earthenware jar, and take some of the elders of the people and some of the senior priests.

Jeremiah 19:11
and say to them, 'Thus says the LORD of hosts, "Just so will I break this people and this city, even as one breaks a potter's vessel, which cannot again be repaired; and they will bury in Topheth because there is no other place for burial.
Treasury of Scripture

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Zechariah 9:13 When I have bent Judah for me, filled the bow with Ephraim, and raised …

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Lamentations 5:12 Princes are hanged up by their hand: the faces of elders were not honored.

Isaiah 30:14 And he shall break it as the breaking of the potters' vessel that …

Jeremiah 19:11 And shall say to them, Thus said the LORD of hosts; Even so will …

Jeremiah 22:28 Is this man Coniah a despised broken idol? is he a vessel wherein …

Romans 9:21-23 Has not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make …

2 Corinthians 4:7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency …

2 Timothy 2:20 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, …

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