The old men no longer sit in the city gates; the young men no longer dance and sing.
The joy of our hearts has ended; our dancing has turned to mourning.
The garlands have a fallen from our heads. Disaster has fallen upon us because we have sinned.
Our hearts are sick and weary, and our eyes grow dim with tears.
For Jerusalem b is empty and desolate, a place haunted by jackals.
But LORD, you remain the same forever! Your throne continues from generation to generation.
Why do you continue to forget us? Why have you forsaken us for so long?
Restore us, O LORD, and bring us back to you again! Give us back the joys we once had!
Or have you utterly rejected us? Are you angry with us still?
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)