Lamentations 5

A Prayer for Mercy

1Remember, O  Lord, what has befallen us;
Look, and see our a  reproach!
2Our inheritance has been turned over to b  strangers,
Our c  houses to aliens.
3We have become orphans d  without a father,
Our mothers are like widows.
Lit We drink our water for silver
We have to pay for our drinking f  water,
Our wood comes to us at a price.
Lit We have been pursued upon
Our pursuers are at our necks;
We are worn out, there is h  no rest for us.
6We have
Lit given the hand to
submitted to j  Egypt and Assyria
Lit to be satisfied with
to get enough bread.
7Our l  fathers sinned, and are no more;
It is we who have borne their iniquities.
8 m  Slaves rule over us;
There is n  no one to deliver us from their hand.
9We get our bread
Lit with our soul
at the p  risk of our lives
Or In the face of
Because of the sword in the wilderness.
10Our skin has become as r  hot as an oven,
Because of
Or the ravages of hunger
the burning heat of famine.
11They ravished the t  women in Zion,
The virgins in the cities of Judah.
12Princes were hung by their hands;
Lit The faces of elders
v  Elders were not respected.
13Young men
Lit carry
x  worked at the grinding mill,
And youths y  stumbled under loads of wood.
Lit have ceased
are gone from the gate,
Young men from their aa  music.
15The joy of our hearts has ab  ceased;
Our dancing has been turned into mourning.
16The ac  crown has fallen from our head;
ad  Woe to us, for we have sinned!
17Because of this our ae  heart is faint,
Because of these things our af  eyes are dim;
18Because of ag  Mount Zion which lies desolate,
ah  Foxes prowl in it.

19 ai  You, O  Lord
Lit sit
rule forever;
Your ak  throne is from generation to generation.
20Why do You al  forget us forever?
Why do You forsake us
Lit to length of days
so long?
21 an  Restore us to You, O  Lord, that we may be restored;
Renew ao  our days as of old,
22Unless ap  You have utterly rejected us
And are exceedingly aq  angry with us.

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