Lamentations 5 NIV

1 Remember, O LORD, what has happened to us; look, and see our disgrace.1

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2 Our inheritance2 has been turned over to aliens,3 our homes4 to foreigners.5

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3 We have become orphans and fatherless, our mothers like widows.6

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4 We must buy the water we drink;7 our wood can be had only at a price.8

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5 Those who pursue us are at our heels; we are weary9 and find no rest.10

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6 We submitted to Egypt and Assyria11 to get enough bread.

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7 Our fathers12 sinned and are no more, and we bear their punishment.13

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8 Slaves14 rule over us, and there is none to free us from their hands.15

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9 We get our bread at the risk of our lives because of the sword in the desert.
10 Our skin is hot as an oven, feverish from hunger.16

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11 Women have been ravished17 in Zion, and virgins in the towns of Judah.

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12 Princes have been hung up by their hands; elders18 are shown no respect.19

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13 Young men toil at the millstones; boys stagger under loads of wood.
14 The elders are gone from the city gate; the young men have stopped their music.20

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15 Joy is gone from our hearts; our dancing has turned to mourning.21

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16 The crown22 has fallen from our head.23 Woe to us, for we have sinned!24

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17 Because of this our hearts25 are faint,26 because of these things our eyes27 grow dim28

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18 for Mount Zion,29 which lies desolate,30 with jackals prowling over it.

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19 You, O LORD, reign forever;31 your throne endures32 from generation to generation.

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20 Why do you always forget us?33 Why do you forsake34 us so long?

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21 Restore35 us to yourself, O LORD, that we may return; renew our days as of old

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22 unless you have utterly rejected us36 and are angry with us beyond measure.37

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