Lamentations 5

A Prayer for Mercy

Remember, O  Lord, what has befallen us;
Look, and see our a reproach!
Our inheritance has been turned over to b strangers,
Our c houses to aliens.
We 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.
We have
Lit given the hand to
submitted to j Egypt and Assyria
Lit to be satisfied with
to get enough bread.
Our l fathers sinned, and are no more;
It is we who have borne their iniquities.
m Slaves rule over us;
There is n no one to deliver us from their hand.
We 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.
10 Our skin has become as r hot as an oven,
Because of
Or the ravages of hunger
the burning heat of famine.
11 They ravished the t women in Zion,
The virgins in the cities of Judah.
12 Princes were hung by their hands;
Lit The faces of elders
,
v Elders were not respected.
13 Young men
Lit carry
,
x worked at the grinding mill,
And youths y stumbled under loads of wood.
14 Elders
Lit have ceased
are gone from the gate,
Young men from their aa music.
15 The joy of our hearts has ab ceased;
Our dancing has been turned into mourning.
16 The ac crown has fallen from our head;
ad Woe to us, for we have sinned!
17 Because of this our ae heart is faint,
Because of these things our af eyes are dim;
18 Because 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.
20 Why 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,
22 Unless ap You have utterly rejected us
And are exceedingly aq angry with us.

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