Lamentations 5 ESV

Restore Us to Yourself, O Lord

1 1Remember, O LORD, what has befallen us; look, and see 2our disgrace!

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2 3Our inheritance has been turned over to strangers, our homes to foreigners.

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3 We have become orphans, fatherless; our mothers are like widows.
4 We must pay for the water we drink; the wood we get must be bought.
5 4Our pursuers are at our necks;a we are weary; we are given no rest.

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    • v 5:5 - Symmachus With a yoke on our necks
      6 We have given the hand to 5Egypt, and to 6Assyria, to get bread enough.

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      7 Our fathers sinned, and are no more; 7and we bear their iniquities.

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      8 8Slaves rule over us; there is none to deliver us from their hand.

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      9 9We get our bread at the peril of our lives, because of the sword in the wilderness.

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      10 10Our skin is hot as an oven with 11the burning heat of famine.

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      11 Women are raped in Zion, young women in the towns of Judah.
      12 12Princes are hung up by their hands; 13no respect is shown to the elders.

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      13 Young men are compelled to 14grind at the mill, and boys stagger 15under loads of wood.

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      14 16The old men have left the city gate, the young men 17their music.

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          15 18The joy of our hearts has ceased; 19our dancing has been turned to mourning.

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              16 20The crown has fallen from our head; woe to us, for we have sinned!

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              17 For this 21our heart has become sick, for these things 22our eyes have grown dim,

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              18 for Mount Zion which lies desolate; 23jackals prowl over it.

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              19 24But you, O LORD, reign forever; your throne endures to all generations.

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              20 25Why do you forget us forever, why do you forsake us for so many days?

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              21 26Restore us to yourself, O LORD, that we may be restored! Renew our days as of old--

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              22 27unless you have utterly rejected us, and you remain exceedingly angry with us.

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