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Lamentations 5:1 ←
Keep in mind, O Lord, what has come to us: take note and see our shame.
Lamentations 5:2 ←
Our heritage is given up to men of strange lands, our houses to those who are not our countrymen.
Lamentations 5:3 ←
We are children without fathers, our mothers are like widows.
We give money for a drink of water, we get our wood for a price.
Lamentations 5:5 ←
Our attackers are on our necks: overcome with weariness, we have no rest.
Lamentations 5:6 ←
We have given our hands to the Egyptians and to the Assyrians so that we might have enough bread.
Lamentations 5:7 ←
Our fathers were sinners and are dead; and the weight of their evil-doing is on us.
Servants are ruling over us, and there is no one to make us free from their hands.
Lamentations 5:9 ←
We put our lives in danger to get our bread, because of the sword of the waste land.
Lamentations 5:10 ←
Our skin is heated like an oven because of our burning heat from need of food.
Lamentations 5:11 ←
They took by force the women in Zion, the virgins in the towns of Judah.
Lamentations 5:12 ←
Their hands put princes to death by hanging: the faces of old men were not honoured.
Lamentations 5:13 ←
The young men were crushing the grain, and the boys were falling under the wood.
Lamentations 5:14 ←
The old men are no longer seated in the doorway, and the music of the young men has come to an end.
Lamentations 5:15 ←
The joy of our hearts is ended; our dancing is changed into sorrow.
Lamentations 5:16 ←
The crown has been taken from our head: sorrow is ours, for we are sinners.
Lamentations 5:17 ←
Because of this our hearts are feeble; for these things our eyes are dark;
Lamentations 5:18 ←
Because of the mountain of Zion which is a waste; jackals go over it.
Lamentations 5:19 ←
You, O Lord, are seated as King for ever; the seat of your power is eternal.
Lamentations 5:20 ←
Why have we gone from your memory for ever? why have you been turned away from us for so long?
Lamentations 5:21 ←
Make us come back to you, O Lord, and let us be turned; make our days new again as in the past.
But you have quite given us up; you are full of wrath against us.