Lamentations 4:2
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!

Berean Study Bible
How the precious sons of Zion, once worth their weight in pure gold, are now esteemed as jars of clay, 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!

New King James Version
The precious sons of Zion, Valuable as fine gold, How they are regarded as clay pots, The work of the hands of the potter!

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!

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

Contemporary English Version
These are Zion's people, worth more than purest gold; yet they are counted worthless like dishes of clay.

Good News Translation
Zion's young people were as precious to us as gold, but now they are treated like common clay pots.

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!

Brenton Septuagint Translation
BETH. The precious sons of Zion, who were equalled in value with gold, how are they counted as earthen vessels, the works 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 the gold has become tarnished, the pure gold has become dull! The gems of the temple lie scattered on every street corner. 2How the precious sons of Zion, once worth their weight in pure gold, are now esteemed as clay jars, the work of a potter’s hands! 3Even jackals offer their breasts to nurse their young, but the daughter of my people has become cruel, like an ostrich 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
It will break in pieces like a potter's jar, shattered so that no fragment can be found. Not a shard will be found in the dust large enough to scoop the coals from a hearth or to skim the water from a cistern."

Jeremiah 19:1
This is what the LORD says: "Go, buy a clay jar from a potter. Take some of the elders of the people and leaders of the priests,

Jeremiah 19:11
and you are to proclaim to them that this is what the LORD of Hosts says: I will shatter this nation and this city, like one shatters a potter's jar that can never again be repaired. They will bury the dead in Topheth since there is nowhere else to bury them.

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 hath brought forth; neither is there any that taketh her by the hand of all the sons that she hath brought up.

Zechariah 9:13
When I have bent Judah for me, filled the bow with Ephraim, and raised up thy sons, O Zion, against thy sons, O Greece, and made thee as the sword of a mighty man.

how

Lamentations 2:21
The young and the old lie on the ground in the streets: my virgins and my young men are fallen by the sword; thou hast slain them in the day of thine anger; thou hast killed, and not pitied.

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

Isaiah 30:14
And he shall break it as the breaking of the potters' vessel that is broken in pieces; he shall not spare: so that there shall not be found in the bursting of it a sherd to take fire from the hearth, or to take water withal out of the pit.







Lexicon
How
אֵיכָ֤ה (’ê·ḵāh)
Interjection
Strong's Hebrew 349: How?, how!, where

the precious
הַיְקָרִ֔ים (hay·qā·rîm)
Article | Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 3368: Precious, rare, splendid, weighty

sons
בְּנֵ֤י (bə·nê)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 1121: A son

of Zion,
צִיּוֹן֙ (ṣî·yō·wn)
Noun - proper - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6726: Zion -- a mountain in Jerusalem, also a name for Jerusalem

once worth their weight
הַמְסֻלָּאִ֖ים (ham·sul·lā·’îm)
Article | Verb - Pual - Participle - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 5537: To suspend, weigh

in pure gold,
בַּפָּ֑ז (bap·pāz)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6337: Refined, pure gold

are now esteemed
נֶחְשְׁבוּ֙ (neḥ·šə·ḇū)
Verb - Nifal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 2803: To think, account

as clay
חֶ֔רֶשׂ (ḥe·reś)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2789: Earthenware, earthen vessel, sherd, potsherd

jars,
לְנִבְלֵי־ (lə·niḇ·lê-)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 5035: A skin-bag for, liquids, a vase, a lyre

the work
מַעֲשֵׂ֖ה (ma·‘ă·śêh)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 4639: An action, a transaction, activity, a product, property

of a potter’s
יוֹצֵֽר׃ (yō·w·ṣêr)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3335: To mould into a, form, as a, potter, to determine

hands!
יְדֵ֥י (yə·ḏê)
Noun - fdc
Strong's Hebrew 3027: A hand
(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). 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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