Bishops' Bible

Lamentations 5

A pitiful complaint of Zion in prayer unto God.

Lamentations 5:1 Call to remembraunce (O Lorde) what we haue suffred, consider and see our confusion. Lamentations 5:2 Our inheritaunce is turned to the straungers, and our houses to the aliaunts. Lamentations 5:3 We are become carefull and fatherlesse, and our mothers are as the wydowes. Lamentations 5:4 We are fayne to drinke our owne water for money, and our owne wood must we buy for money. Lamentations 5:5 Our neckes are vnder persecution, we are weery and haue no rest. Lamentations 5:6 [Aforetime] we yeelded our selues to the Egyptians, [and nowe] to the Assyrians, onlye that we might haue bread inough. Lamentations 5:7 Our fathers (which nowe are gone) haue sinned, and we must beare their wickednesse. Lamentations 5:8 Seruauntes haue the rule of vs, and no man deliuereth vs out of their handes. Lamentations 5:9 We must get our liuing with the perill of our liues, because of the drouth of the wildernesse. Lamentations 5:10 Our skinne is as it had ben made blacke in an ouen, for very sore hunger. Lamentations 5:11 The wiues are rauished in Sion, and the maydens in the cities of Iuda. Lamentations 5:12 The princes are hanged vp with the hand of the enemies, they haue not spared the olde sage men. Lamentations 5:13 They haue taken young men to grinde, and the boyes fainted vnder the burthens of wood. Lamentations 5:14 The elders sit no more vnder the gates, and the young men vse no more playing of musicke. Lamentations 5:15 The ioy of our heart is gone, our melodious meeting is turned into mourning. Lamentations 5:16 The garlande of our head is fallen: alas that euer we sinned so sore. Lamentations 5:17 Therefore our heart is full of heauinesse, and our eyes dimme. Lamentations 5:18 Because of the hill of Sion that is destroyed: insomuch that the foxes runne vpon it. Lamentations 5:19 But thou O Lorde, that remaynest for euer, and thy seate worlde without ende: Lamentations 5:20 Wherefore wylt thou styll forget vs, and forsake vs so long? Lamentations 5:21 O Lord turne thou vs vnto thee, and so shall we be turned, renue our dayes as in olde tymes: Lamentations 5:22 But thou hast banished vs vtterly, and hast ben displeased at vs.

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