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Lamentations 5 NIRV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

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1 Lord, think about what has happened to us. Look at the shame our enemies have brought on us. 1 Remember, O LORD, what has happened to us; look, and see our disgrace.
2 The land you gave us has been turned over to outsiders. Our homes have been given to strangers. 2 Our inheritance has been turned over to aliens, our homes to foreigners.
3 Our fathers have been killed. Our mothers don't have husbands. 3 We have become orphans and fatherless, our mothers like widows.
4 We have to buy the water we drink. We have to pay for the wood we use. 4 We must buy the water we drink; our wood can be had only at a price.
5 Those who chase us are right behind us. We're tired. We can't get any rest. 5 Those who pursue us are at our heels; we are weary and find no rest.
6 We put ourselves under the control of Egypt and Assyria just to get enough bread. 6 We submitted to Egypt and Assyria to get enough bread.
7 Our people before us sinned. And they are now dead. We are being punished because of their sins. 7 Our fathers sinned and are no more, and we bear their punishment.
8 Slaves rule over us. No one can set us free from their powerful hands. 8 Slaves rule over us, and there is none to free us from their hands.
9 We put our lives in danger just to get some bread to eat. Robbers in the desert might kill us with their swords. 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. We are so hungry we're burning up with fever. 10 Our skin is hot as an oven, feverish from hunger.
11 Our women have been raped in Zion. Our virgins have been raped in the towns of Judah. 11 Women have been ravished in Zion, and virgins in the towns of Judah.
12 Our princes have been hung up by their hands. No one shows our elders any respect. 12 Princes have been hung up by their hands; elders are shown no respect.
13 Our young men are forced to grind grain at the mill. Our boys almost fall down as they carry heavy loads of wood. 13 Young men toil at the millstones; boys stagger under loads of wood.
14 Our elders don't go to the city gate anymore. Our young men have stopped playing their music. 14 The elders are gone from the city gate; the young men have stopped their music.
15 There isn't any joy in our hearts. Our dancing has turned into sobbing. 15 Joy is gone from our hearts; our dancing has turned to mourning.
16 All of our honor is gone. How terrible it is for us! We have sinned. 16 The crown has fallen from our head. Woe to us, for we have sinned!
17 So our hearts are weak. Our eyes can't see very clearly. 17 Because of this our hearts are faint, because of these things our eyes grow dim
18 Mount Zion has been deserted. Wild dogs are prowling all around on it. 18 for Mount Zion, which lies desolate, with jackals prowling over it.
19 Lord, you rule forever. Your throne will last for all time to come. 19 You, O LORD, reign forever; your throne endures from generation to generation.
20 Why do you always forget us? Why have you deserted us for so long? 20 Why do you always forget us? Why do you forsake us so long?
21 Lord, please bring us back to you. Then we can return. Make our lives like new again. 21 Restore us to yourself, O LORD, that we may return; renew our days as of old
22 Or have you completely turned away from us? Are you really that angry with us? 22 unless you have utterly rejected us and are angry with us beyond measure.