A Prayer for Mercy1 Remember, O Lord, what has befallen us;
Look, and see our a reproach!
2 Our inheritance has been turned over to b strangers,
Our c houses to aliens.
3 We have become orphans d without a father,
Our mothers are like widows.
▼ Lit We drink our water for silverWe have to pay for our drinking f water,
Our wood comes to us at a price.
▼ Lit We have been pursued uponOur pursuers are at our necks;
We are worn out, there is h no rest for us.
6 We have ▼
▼ Lit given the hand tosubmitted to j Egypt and Assyria ▼
▼ Lit to be satisfied withto get enough bread.
7 Our 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.
9 We get our bread ▼
▼ Lit with our soulat the p risk of our lives
▼ Or In the face ofBecause of the sword in the wilderness.
10 Our skin has become as r hot as an oven,
Because of ▼
▼ Or the ravages of hungerthe 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 ceasedare 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 sitrule 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 daysso 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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