A pitiful complaint of Zion in prayer unto God.
Lamentations 5:1 Remember, O Jehovah, what is come upon us; consider, and see our reproach. Lamentations 5:2 Our inheritance is turned to strangers, our houses to aliens. Lamentations 5:3 We are orphans and fatherless, our mothers are as widows. Lamentations 5:4 Our water have we to drink for money, our wood cometh unto us for a price. Lamentations 5:5 Our pursuers are on our necks: we are weary, we have no rest. Lamentations 5:6 We have given the hand to Egypt, [and] to Asshur, to be satisfied with bread. Lamentations 5:7 Our fathers have sinned, [and] they are not; and we bear their iniquities. Lamentations 5:8 Bondmen rule over us: there is no deliverer out of their hand. Lamentations 5:9 We have to get our bread at the risk of our lives, because of the sword of the wilderness. Lamentations 5:10 Our skin gloweth like an oven, because of the burning heat of the famine. Lamentations 5:11 They have ravished the women in Zion, the maids in the cities of Judah. Lamentations 5:12 Princes were hanged up by their hand; the faces of elders were not honoured. Lamentations 5:13 The young men have borne the mill, and the youths have 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 hath 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 have grown dim, Lamentations 5:18 Because of the mountain of Zion, which is desolate: foxes walk over it. Lamentations 5:19 Thou, Jehovah, dwellest for ever; thy throne is from generation to generation. Lamentations 5:20 Wherefore dost thou forget us for ever, dost thou forsake us so long time? Lamentations 5:21 Turn thou us unto thee, Jehovah, and we shall be turned; renew our days as of old. Lamentations 5:22 Or is it that thou hast utterly rejected us? Wouldest thou be exceeding wroth against us?