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Lamentations 5


A Prayer for Mercy

Lamentations 5:1
  Remember, O LORD, what has befallen us; Look, and see our reproach!
Lamentations 5:2
  Our inheritance has been turned over to strangers, Our houses to aliens.
Lamentations 5:3
  We have become orphans without a father, Our mothers are like widows.
Lamentations 5:4
  We have to pay for our drinking water, Our wood comes to us at a price.
Lamentations 5:5
  Our pursuers are at our necks; We are worn out, there is no rest for us.
Lamentations 5:6
  We have submitted to Egypt and Assyria to get enough bread.
Lamentations 5:7
  Our fathers sinned, and are no more; It is we who have borne their iniquities.
Lamentations 5:8
  Slaves rule over us; There is no one to deliver us from their hand.
Lamentations 5:9
  We get our bread at the risk of our lives Because of the sword in the wilderness.
Lamentations 5:10
  Our skin has become as hot as an oven, Because of the burning heat of famine.
Lamentations 5:11
  They ravished the women in Zion, The virgins in the cities of Judah.
Lamentations 5:12
  Princes were hung by their hands; Elders were not respected.
Lamentations 5:13
  Young men worked at the grinding mill, And youths stumbled under loads of wood.
Lamentations 5:14
  Elders are gone from the gate, Young men from their music.
Lamentations 5:15
  The joy of our hearts has ceased; Our dancing has been turned into mourning.
Lamentations 5:16
  The crown has fallen from our head; Woe to us, for we have sinned!
Lamentations 5:17
  Because of this our heart is faint, Because of these things our eyes are dim;
Lamentations 5:18
  Because of Mount Zion which lies desolate, Foxes prowl in it.
Lamentations 5:19
  You, O LORD, rule forever; Your throne is from generation to generation.
Lamentations 5:20
  Why do You forget us forever? Why do You forsake us so long?
Lamentations 5:21
  Restore us to You, O LORD, that we may be restored; Renew our days as of old,
Lamentations 5:22
  Unless You have utterly rejected us And are exceedingly angry with us.
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