Lamentations 4:16 (ESV)

16 The LORD himself has scattered them; he will regard them no more; no honor was shown to the priests, no favor to the elders.

God held the priests and prophets guilty to such an extent that he himself scattered them among the nations. The Babylonians were his instruments in doing this: they showed respect for no one, not even for important leaders or elderly people. This lack of respect for rank and age is also part of God’s curse (Deuteronomy 28:49–50).