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Lamentations 5 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 "Remember, God, all we've been through. Study our plight, the black mark we've made in history. 1 Remember, O LORD, what has happened to us; look, and see our disgrace.
2 Our precious land has been given to outsiders, our homes to strangers. 2 Our inheritance has been turned over to aliens, our homes to foreigners.
3 Orphans we are, not a father in sight, and our mothers no better than widows. 3 We have become orphans and fatherless, our mothers like widows.
4 We have to pay to drink our own water. Even our firewood comes at a price. 4 We must buy the water we drink; our wood can be had only at a price.
5 We're nothing but slaves, bullied and bowed, worn out and without any rest. 5 Those who pursue us are at our heels; we are weary and find no rest.
6 We sold ourselves to Assyria and Egypt just to get something to eat. 6 We submitted to Egypt and Assyria to get enough bread.
7 Our parents sinned and are no more, and now we're paying for the wrongs they did. 7 Our fathers sinned and are no more, and we bear their punishment.
8 Slaves rule over us; there's no escape from their grip. 8 Slaves rule over us, and there is none to free us from their hands.
9 We risk our lives to gather food in the bandit-infested desert. 9 We get our bread at the risk of our lives because of the sword in the desert.
10 Our skin has turned black as an oven, dried out like old leather from the famine. 10 Our skin is hot as an oven, feverish from hunger.
11 Our wives were raped in the streets in Zion, and our virgins in the cities of Judah. 11 Women have been ravished in Zion, and virgins in the towns of Judah.
12 They hanged our princes by their hands, dishonored our elders. 12 Princes have been hung up by their hands; elders are shown no respect.
13 Strapping young men were put to women's work, mere boys forced to do men's work. 13 Young men toil at the millstones; boys stagger under loads of wood.
14 The city gate is empty of wise elders. Music from the young is heard no more. 14 The elders are gone from the city gate; the young men have stopped their music.
15 All the joy is gone from our hearts. Our dances have turned into dirges. 15 Joy is gone from our hearts; our dancing has turned to mourning.
16 The crown of glory has toppled from our head. Woe! Woe! Would that we'd never sinned! 16 The crown has fallen from our head. Woe to us, for we have sinned!
17 Because of all this we're heartsick; we can't see through the tears. 17 Because of this our hearts are faint, because of these things our eyes grow dim
18 On Mount Zion, wrecked and ruined, jackals pace and prowl. 18 for Mount Zion, which lies desolate, with jackals prowling over it.
19 And yet, God, you're sovereign still, your throne intact and eternal. 19 You, O LORD, reign forever; your throne endures from generation to generation.
20 So why do you keep forgetting us? Why dump us and leave us like this? 20 Why do you always forget us? Why do you forsake us so long?
21 Bring us back to you, God - we're ready to come back. Give us a fresh start. 21 Restore us to yourself, O LORD, that we may return; renew our days as of old
22 As it is, you've cruelly disowned us. You've been so very angry with us." 22 unless you have utterly rejected us and are angry with us beyond measure.