Lamentations 5

Restore Us to Yourself, O  Lord

1 a  Remember, O  Lord, what has befallen us;
look, and see b  our disgrace!
2 c  Our inheritance has been turned over to strangers,
our homes to foreigners.
3We have become orphans, fatherless;
our mothers are like widows.
4We must pay for the water we drink;
the wood we get must be bought.
5 d  Our pursuers are at our necks;
Symmachus With a yoke on our necks

we are weary; we are given no rest.
6We have given the hand to f  Egypt, and to g  Assyria,
to get bread enough.
7Our fathers sinned, and are no more;
h  and we bear their iniquities.
8 i  Slaves rule over us;
there is none to deliver us from their hand.
9 j  We get our bread at the peril of our lives,
because of the sword in the wilderness.
10 k  Our skin is hot as an oven
with l  the burning heat of famine.
11Women are raped in Zion,
young women in the towns of Judah.
12 m  Princes are hung up by their hands;
n  no respect is shown to the elders.
13Young men are compelled to o  grind at the mill,
and boys stagger p  under loads of wood.
14 q  The old men have left the city gate,
the young men r  their music.
15 s  The joy of our hearts has ceased;
t  our dancing has been turned to mourning.
16 u  The crown has fallen from our head;
woe to us, for we have sinned!
17For this v  our heart has become sick,
for these things w  our eyes have grown dim,
18for Mount Zion which lies desolate;
x  jackals prowl over it.
19 y  But you, O  Lord, reign forever;
your throne endures to all generations.
20 z  Why do you forget us forever,
why do you forsake us for so many days?
21 aa  Restore us to yourself, O  Lord, that we may be restored!
Renew our days as of old
22 ab  unless you have utterly rejected us,
and you remain exceedingly angry with us.
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