To you, 10O Lord, belongs righteousness, but to us open shame, as at this day, to the men of Judah, to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and to all Israel, 11those who are near and 12those who are far away, in 13all the lands to which you have driven them, because of 14the treachery that they have committed against you.
1119All Israel has transgressed your law and turned aside, 20refusing to obey your voice. 21And the curse and oath 22that are written in the Law of 23Moses the servant of God have been poured out upon us, because 24we have sinned against him.
He has confirmed his words, which he spoke against us and against 25our rulers who ruled us,a by 26bringing upon us a great calamity. 27For under the whole heaven there has not been done anything like what has been done against Jerusalem.
"O Lord, 36according to all your righteous acts, let your anger and your wrath turn away from your city Jerusalem, 37your holy hill, 38because for our sins, and for 39the iniquities of our fathers, 40Jerusalem and your people have become 41a byword among all who are around us.
1844O my God, incline your ear and hear. Open your eyes and see 45our desolations, and 46the city that is called by your name. For we do not present our pleas before you because of our righteousness, but because of your great mercy.