Lamentations 5
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1LORD, remember what has happened to us. See how we have been disgraced!1Remember, O LORD, what has befallen us; look, and see our disgrace!
2Our inheritance has been turned over to strangers, our homes to foreigners.2Our inheritance has been turned over to strangers, our homes to foreigners.
3We are orphaned and fatherless. Our mothers are widowed.3We have become orphans, fatherless; our mothers are like widows.
4We have to pay for water to drink, and even firewood is expensive.4We must pay for the water we drink; the wood we get must be bought.
5Those who pursue us are at our heels; we are exhausted but are given no rest.5Our pursuers are at our necks; we are weary; we are given no rest.
6We submitted to Egypt and Assyria to get enough food to survive.6We have given the hand to Egypt, and to Assyria, to get bread enough.
7Our ancestors sinned, but they have died— and we are suffering the punishment they deserved!7Our fathers sinned, and are no more; and we bear their iniquities.
8Slaves have now become our masters; there is no one left to rescue us.8Slaves rule over us; there is none to deliver us from their hand.
9We hunt for food at the risk of our lives, for violence rules the countryside.9We get our bread at the peril of our lives, because of the sword in the wilderness.
10The famine has blackened our skin as though baked in an oven.10Our skin is hot as an oven with the burning heat of famine.
11Our enemies rape the women in Jerusalem and the young girls in all the towns of Judah.11Women are raped in Zion, young women in the towns of Judah.
12Our princes are being hanged by their thumbs, and our elders are treated with contempt.12Princes are hung up by their hands; no respect is shown to the elders.
13Young men are led away to work at millstones, and boys stagger under heavy loads of wood.13Young men are compelled to grind at the mill, and boys stagger under loads of wood.
14The elders no longer sit in the city gates; the young men no longer dance and sing.14The old men have left the city gate, the young men their music.
15Joy has left our hearts; our dancing has turned to mourning.15The joy of our hearts has ceased; our dancing has been turned to mourning.
16The garlands have fallen from our heads. Weep for us because we have sinned.16The crown has fallen from our head; woe to us, for we have sinned!
17Our hearts are sick and weary, and our eyes grow dim with tears.17For this our heart has become sick, for these things our eyes have grown dim,
18For Jerusalem is empty and desolate, a place haunted by jackals.18for Mount Zion which lies desolate; jackals prowl over it.
19But LORD, you remain the same forever! Your throne continues from generation to generation.19But you, O LORD, reign forever; your throne endures to all generations.
20Why do you continue to forget us? Why have you abandoned us for so long?20Why do you forget us forever, why do you forsake us for so many days?
21Restore us, O LORD, and bring us back to you again! Give us back the joys we once had!21Restore us to yourself, O LORD, that we may be restored! Renew our days as of old—
22Or have you utterly rejected us? Are you angry with us still?22unless you have utterly rejected us, and you remain exceedingly angry with us.
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