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.
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

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

sons

Isaiah 51:18 There is none to guide her among all the sons whom she has brought forth…

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

how

Lamentations 2:21 The young and the old lie on the ground in the streets: my virgins …

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, …

(2) The precious sons of Zion . . .--The adjective is applied not to a special class, priests, nobles, or the like, but to all the "sons of Zion" in their ideal character as a "kingdom of priests" (Exodus 19:6). They had been "comparable to" (literally, weighed with), i.e., equal to their weight in, fine gold, the work of God. Now they had became as "earthen pitchers," the work of the potter. We note the comparison as characteristic of the writer (Jeremiah 18:1-6; Jeremiah 19:1-10).

Verse 2. - The precious sons of Zion; i.e. not merely the nobility, but the people of Judah in general. It is needless (as the literal interpreters of ver. 1 are compelled to do) to alter b'ne (sons) into batte (houses) or abne (stones). The comparison of men to potters' vessels is familiar to the Hebrew writers (comp. Isaiah 22:24; Isaiah 45:9). The precious sons of Zion, comparable to fine gold,.... This explains what is meant in Lamentations 4:1; by gold, fine gold, and stones of the sanctuary; not Josiah and his sons, as some Jewish interpreters; but all the sons of Zion, or children of God; not the inhabitants of Zion literally, but spiritually; see Zechariah 9:13. Zion is the church; her sons are her spiritual seed and offspring that are born of her, she being the mother of them all, and born in her, by means of the word; and brought up by her, through the ordinances, and so are regenerate persons; and these the sons of God: and who are "precious", not in themselves, being of the fallen race of Adam; of the earth, earthly, as he was; of the same mass and lump with the rest of mankind; in no wise better than others, by nature; and have no intrinsic worth and value in them, but what comes by and from the grace of God; nor are they precious in their own esteem, and much less in the esteem of the men of the world; but in the eye of God, and of his son Jesus Christ, and of the blessed Spirit, and in the opinion of other saints; see Psalm 16:3; in what sense these are comparable to fine gold; see Gill on Lamentations 4:1;

how are they esteemed as earthen pitchers, the work of the hands of the potter! they are indeed earthen vessels with respect to their bodies, frail, weak, and mortal; but they are the work of God's hands, even as creatures, and particularly as new creatures, and are a curious piece of his workmanship, and so valuable, and especially by him, who is as tender and as careful of them as the apple of his eye; and yet these are greatly disesteemed by carnal men, are reckoned as the faith of the world, and the offscouring of all things; as earthen vessels, fit for no use but common or dishonourable ones, or to be broke in pieces, and rendered useless and contemptible: see Psalm 31:12. 2. comparable to … gold—(Job 28:16, 19).

earthen pitchers—(Isa 30:14; Jer 19:11).

Gimel.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.
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