1Remember, O LORD, what has befallen us; look, and see 2our disgrace!
3Our inheritance has been turned over to strangers, our homes to foreigners.
We have become orphans, fatherless; our mothers are like widows.
We must pay for the water we drink; the wood we get must be bought.
4Our pursuers are at our necks; we are weary; we are given no rest.
We have given the hand to 5Egypt, and to 6Assyria, to get bread enough.
Our fathers sinned, and are no more; 7and we bear their iniquities.
8Slaves rule over us; there is none to deliver us from their hand.
9We get our bread at the peril of our lives, because of the sword in the wilderness.
10Our skin is hot as an oven with 11the burning heat of famine.
Women are raped in Zion, young women in the towns of Judah.
12Princes are hung up by their hands; 13no respect is shown to the elders.
Young men are compelled to 14grind at the mill, and boys stagger 15under loads of wood.
16The old men have left the city gate, the young men 17their music.
18The joy of our hearts has ceased; 19our dancing has been turned to mourning.
20The crown has fallen from our head; woe to us, for we have sinned!
For this 21our heart has become sick, for these things 22our eyes have grown dim,
for Mount Zion which lies desolate; 23jackals prowl over it.
24But you, O LORD, reign forever; your throne endures to all generations.
25Why do you forget us forever, why do you forsake us for so many days?
26Restore us to yourself, O LORD, that we may be restored! Renew our days as of old--
27unless you have utterly rejected us, and you remain exceedingly angry with us.