Lamentations 5:2-12 NIV

2 Our inheritance1 has been turned over to aliens,2 our homes3 to foreigners.4

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3 We have become orphans and fatherless, our mothers like widows.5

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4 We must buy the water we drink;6 our wood can be had only at a price.7

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5 Those who pursue us are at our heels; we are weary8 and find no rest.9

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6 We submitted to Egypt and Assyria10 to get enough bread.

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7 Our fathers11 sinned and are no more, and we bear their punishment.12

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8 Slaves13 rule over us, and there is none to free us from their hands.14

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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.15

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11 Women have been ravished16 in Zion, and virgins in the towns of Judah.

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12 Princes have been hung up by their hands; elders17 are shown no respect.18

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