"Remember, God, all we've been through. Study our plight, the black mark we've made in history.
Our precious land has been given to outsiders, our homes to strangers.
Orphans we are, not a father in sight, and our mothers no better than widows.
We have to pay to drink our own water. Even our firewood comes at a price.
We're nothing but slaves, bullied and bowed, worn out and without any rest.
We sold ourselves to Assyria and Egypt just to get something to eat.
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)