You have treated us like sheep waiting to be slaughtered; you have scattered us among the nations.
You sold us -- your precious people -- for a pittance. You valued us at nothing at all.
You have caused all our neighbors to mock us. We are an object of scorn and derision to the nations around us.
You have made us the butt of their jokes; we are scorned by the whole world.
We can't escape the constant humiliation; shame is written across our faces.
All we hear are the taunts of our mockers. All we see are our vengeful enemies.
All this has happened despite our loyalty to you. We have not violated your covenant.
Our hearts have not deserted you. We have not strayed from your path.
Yet you have crushed us in the desert. You have covered us with darkness and death.
If we had turned away from worshiping our God or spread our hands in prayer to foreign gods,
God would surely have known it, for he knows the secrets of every heart.
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)