A pitiful complaint of Zion in prayer unto God.
Lamentations 5:1 Remember, O Jehovah, what is come upon us: Behold, and see our reproach. Lamentations 5:2 Our inheritance is turned unto strangers, Our houses unto aliens. Lamentations 5:3 We are orphans and fatherless; Our mothers are as widows. Lamentations 5:4 We have drunken our water for money; Our wood is sold unto us. Lamentations 5:5 Our pursuers are upon our necks: We are weary, and have no rest. Lamentations 5:6 We have given the hand to the Egyptians, And to the Assyrians, to be satisfied with bread. Lamentations 5:7 Our fathers sinned, and are not; And we have borne their iniquities. Lamentations 5:8 Servants rule over us: There is none to deliver us out of their hand. Lamentations 5:9 We get our bread at the peril of our lives, Because of the sword of the wilderness. Lamentations 5:10 Our skin is black like an oven, Because of the burning heat of famine. Lamentations 5:11 They ravished the women in Zion, The virgins in the cities of Judah. Lamentations 5:12 Princes were hanged up by their hand: The faces of elders were not honored. Lamentations 5:13 The young men bare the mill; And the children stumbled under the wood. Lamentations 5:14 The elders have ceased from the gate, The young men from their music. Lamentations 5:15 The joy of our heart is ceased; Our dance is turned into mourning. Lamentations 5:16 The crown is fallen from our head: Woe unto us! for we have sinned. Lamentations 5:17 For this our heart is faint; For these things our eyes are dim; Lamentations 5:18 For the mountain of Zion, which is desolate: The foxes walk upon it. Lamentations 5:19 Thou, O Jehovah, abidest for ever; Thy throne is from generation to generation. Lamentations 5:20 Wherefore dost thou forget us for ever, [And] forsake us so long time? Lamentations 5:21 Turn thou us unto thee, O Jehovah, and we shall be turned; Renew our days as of old. Lamentations 5:22 But thou hast utterly rejected us; Thou art very wroth against us.