Slaves have now become our masters; there is no one left to rescue us.
We must hunt for food in the wilderness at the risk of our lives.
Because of the famine, our skin has been blackened as though baked in an oven.
Our enemies rape the women and young girls in Jerusalem a and throughout the towns of Judah.
Our princes are being hanged by their thumbs, and the old men are treated with contempt.
The young men are led away to work at millstones, and the children stagger under heavy loads of wood.
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 b 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 c is empty and desolate, a place haunted by jackals.
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)