Our inheritance1 has been turned over to aliens,2 our homes3 to foreigners.43
We have become orphans and fatherless, our mothers like widows.54
We must buy the water we drink;6 our wood can be had only at a price.75
Those who pursue us are at our heels; we are weary8 and find no rest.96
We submitted to Egypt and Assyria10 to get enough bread.
Our fathers11 sinned and are no more, and we bear their punishment.128
Slaves13 rule over us, and there is none to free us from their hands.149
We get our bread at the risk of our lives because of the sword in the desert.
Our skin is hot as an oven, feverish from hunger.1511
Women have been ravished16 in Zion, and virgins in the towns of Judah.
Princes have been hung up by their hands; elders17 are shown no respect.18