Lamentations 5
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1LORD, remember what has happened to us. Pay attention, and look at our shame!1Remember, O LORD, what has befallen us; look, and see our disgrace!
2Our inheritance has been turned over to strangers, and our homes to foreigners.2Our inheritance has been turned over to strangers, our homes to foreigners.
3We are now orphans—without fathers— and our mothers are like widows.3We have become orphans, fatherless; our mothers are like widows.
4We pay to drink our own water, and our own wood is sold to us at high price.4We must pay for the water we drink; the wood we get must be bought.
5Our pursuers breathe down our necks; we are weary, but there is no rest for us.5Our pursuers are at our necks; we are weary; we are given no rest.
6We made a deal with the Egyptians and the Assyrians for the price of food. 6We have given the hand to Egypt, and to Assyria, to get bread enough.
7Our ancestors sinned and no longer exist yet we continue to bear the consequences of their sin.7Our fathers sinned, and are no more; and we bear their iniquities.
8Slaves rule over us, and no one delivers us from their control. 8Slaves rule over us; there is none to deliver us from their hand.
9We risk our lives to obtain our food, facing death in the desert.9We get our bread at the peril of our lives, because of the sword in the wilderness.
10Our skin blisters as from an oven, due to ravaging blasts of the famine.10Our skin is hot as an oven with the burning heat of famine.
11They have raped women in Zion, young women in the towns of Judah.11Women are raped in Zion, young women in the towns of Judah.
12Princes they have hung by their hands; elders they have disrespected.12Princes are hung up by their hands; no respect is shown to the elders.
13Our young men must grind grain with a millstone; our youths stumble under the weight of wood.13Young men are compelled to grind at the mill, and boys stagger under loads of wood.
14Our elders have ceased ruling at the gate; our young men have abandoned their music.14The old men have left the city gate, the young men their music.
15The joy of our hearts has ceased, and our dancing has turned into dirges.15The joy of our hearts has ceased; our dancing has been turned to mourning.
16The crown has fallen from our head— woe to us, because we have sinned!16The crown has fallen from our head; woe to us, for we have sinned!
17This is why our hearts faint, and why our eyes grow dim:17For this our heart has become sick, for these things our eyes have grown dim,
18Because Mount Zion is desolate; foxes roam around it.18for Mount Zion which lies desolate; jackals prowl over it.
19You, LORD, are forever— your throne endures from generation to generation.19But you, O LORD, reign forever; your throne endures to all generations.
20So why have you completely forgotten us, forsaking us for so long?20Why do you forget us forever, why do you forsake us for so many days?
21Restore us to yourself, LORD, so that we may return. Renew our days as before,21Restore us to yourself, O LORD, that we may be restored! Renew our days as of old—
22unless you have utterly rejected us and are angry with us without limit.22unless you have utterly rejected us, and you remain exceedingly angry with us.
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