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Lamentations 5

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.

Lamentations 5:4
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.

Lamentations 5:8
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.

Lamentations 5:22
But you have quite given us up; you are full of wrath against us.


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