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Lamentations 5 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

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1 LORD, remember everything that has happened to us. See all the sorrows we bear! 1 Remember, O LORD, what has happened to us; look, and see our disgrace.
2 Our inheritance has been turned over to strangers, our homes to foreigners. 2 Our inheritance has been turned over to aliens, our homes to foreigners.
3 We are orphaned and fatherless. Our mothers are widowed. 3 We have become orphans and fatherless, our mothers like widows.
4 We have to pay for water to drink, and even firewood is expensive. 4 We must buy the water we drink; our wood can be had only at a price.
5 Those who pursue us are at our heels; we are exhausted but are given no rest. 5 Those who pursue us are at our heels; we are weary and find no rest.
6 We submitted to Egypt and Assyria to get enough food to survive. 6 We submitted to Egypt and Assyria to get enough bread.
7 It was our ancestors who sinned, but they died before the hand of judgment fell. We have suffered the punishment they deserved! 7 Our fathers sinned and are no more, and we bear their punishment.
8 Slaves have now become our masters; there is no one left to rescue us. 8 Slaves rule over us, and there is none to free us from their hands.
9 We must hunt for food in the wilderness at the risk of our lives. 9 We get our bread at the risk of our lives because of the sword in the desert.
10 Because of the famine, our skin has been blackened as though baked in an oven. 10 Our skin is hot as an oven, feverish from hunger.
11 Our enemies rape the women and young girls in Jerusalem and throughout the towns of Judah. 11 Women have been ravished in Zion, and virgins in the towns of Judah.
12 Our princes are being hanged by their thumbs, and the old men are treated with contempt. 12 Princes have been hung up by their hands; elders are shown no respect.
13 The young men are led away to work at millstones, and the children stagger under heavy loads of wood. 13 Young men toil at the millstones; boys stagger under loads of wood.
14 The old men no longer sit in the city gates; the young men no longer dance and sing. 14 The elders are gone from the city gate; the young men have stopped their music.
15 The joy of our hearts has ended; our dancing has turned to mourning. 15 Joy is gone from our hearts; our dancing has turned to mourning.
16 The garlands have fallen from our heads. Disaster has fallen upon us because we have sinned. 16 The crown has fallen from our head. Woe to us, for we have sinned!
17 Our hearts are sick and weary, and our eyes grow dim with tears. 17 Because of this our hearts are faint, because of these things our eyes grow dim
18 For Jerusalem is empty and desolate, a place haunted by jackals. 18 for Mount Zion, which lies desolate, with jackals prowling over it.
19 But LORD, you remain the same forever! Your throne continues from generation to generation. 19 You, O LORD, reign forever; your throne endures from generation to generation.
20 Why do you continue to forget us? Why have you forsaken us for so long? 20 Why do you always forget us? Why do you forsake us so long?
21 Restore us, O LORD, and bring us back to you again! Give us back the joys we once had! 21 Restore us to yourself, O LORD, that we may return; renew our days as of old
22 Or have you utterly rejected us? Are you angry with us still? 22 unless you have utterly rejected us and are angry with us beyond measure.