Lamentations 5 GW/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 "Remember, O LORD, what has happened to us. Take a look at our disgrace! 1 Remember, O LORD, what has happened to us; look, and see our disgrace.
2 "The land we inherited has been turned over to strangers. Our homes have been turned over to foreigners. 2 Our inheritance has been turned over to aliens, our homes to foreigners.
3 We are orphans without a father. Our mothers are like widows. 3 We have become orphans and fatherless, our mothers like widows.
4 We have to pay to drink our own water. We have to pay to chop our own wood. 4 We must buy the water we drink; our wood can be had only at a price.
5 [Our enemies] are breathing down our necks. We are worn out [and] not permitted to rest. 5 Those who pursue us are at our heels; we are weary and find no rest.
6 We had to beg Egypt and Assyria for food. 6 We submitted to Egypt and Assyria to get enough bread.
7 Our ancestors sinned. Now they are gone, [but] we have to take the punishment for their wickedness. 7 Our fathers sinned and are no more, and we bear their punishment.
8 Slaves rule us. There is no one to rescue us from them. 8 Slaves rule over us, and there is none to free us from their hands.
9 To get our food, we have to risk our lives in the heat of the desert. 9 We get our bread at the risk of our lives because of the sword in the desert.
10 Our skin is as hot as an oven from the burning heat of starvation. 10 Our skin is hot as an oven, feverish from hunger.
11 Women in Zion are raped, so are the girls in the cities of Judah. 11 Women have been ravished in Zion, and virgins in the towns of Judah.
12 [Our] leaders are hung by their hands. [Our] older leaders are shown no respect. 12 Princes have been hung up by their hands; elders are shown no respect.
13 [Our] young men work at the mill, and [our] boys stagger under loads of wood. 13 Young men toil at the millstones; boys stagger under loads of wood.
14 [Our] older leaders have stopped meeting at the city gate, and [our] young men no longer play their music. 14 The elders are gone from the city gate; the young men have stopped their music.
15 There is no joy left in our hearts. Our dancing has turned into mourning. 15 Joy is gone from our hearts; our dancing has turned to mourning.
16 The crown has fallen from our head. Because we have sinned, it has been disastrous for us. 16 The crown has fallen from our head. Woe to us, for we have sinned!
17 This is why we feel sick. This is why our eyes see less and less. 17 Because of this our hearts are faint, because of these things our eyes grow dim
18 Foxes roam around on Mount Zion, which lies in ruins. 18 for Mount Zion, which lies desolate, with jackals prowling over it.
19 "But you, O LORD, sit enthroned forever, and your reign continues throughout every generation. 19 You, O LORD, reign forever; your throne endures from generation to generation.
20 Why have you completely forgotten us? Why have you abandoned us for such a long time? 20 Why do you always forget us? Why do you forsake us so long?
21 O LORD, bring us back to you, and we'll come back. Give us back the life we had long ago, 21 Restore us to yourself, O LORD, that we may return; renew our days as of old
22 unless you have completely rejected us [and] are very angry with us." 22 unless you have utterly rejected us and are angry with us beyond measure.