Lamentations 4 March 24

8 But now they are smeared with soot,

unrecognizable in the street,

Their bones sticking out,

their skin dried out like old leather.

9 Better to have been killed in battle

than killed by starvation.

Better to have died of battle wounds

than to slowly starve to death.

10 Nice and kindly women

boiled their own children for supper.

This was the only food in town

when my dear people were broken.