The elders no longer sit in the city gates; the young men no longer dance and sing.
Joy has left our hearts; our dancing has turned to mourning.
The garlands have fallen from our heads. Weep for us because we have sinned.
References for Lamentations 5:16
Our hearts are sick and weary, and our eyes grow dim with tears.
For Jerusalem is empty and desolate, a place haunted by jackals.
References for Lamentations 5:18
But , you remain the same forever! Your throne continues from generation to generation.
Why do you continue to forget us? Why have you abandoned us for so long?
Restore us, O , 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?