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Lamentations 5

A pitiful complaint of Zion in prayer unto God.

Lamentations 5:1 Remember, O Lord, what is come upon us: consider and behold our reproach. Lamentations 5:2 Our inheritance is turned to aliens: our houses to strangers. Lamentations 5:3 We are become orphans without a father: our mothers are as widows. Lamentations 5:4 We have drunk our water for money: we have bought our wood. Lamentations 5:5 We were dragged by the necks, we were weary and no rest was given us. Lamentations 5:6 We have given our hand to Egypt, and to the Assyrians, that we might be satisfied with bread. Lamentations 5:7 Our fathers have sinned, and are not: and we have borne their iniquities. Lamentations 5:8 Servants have ruled over us: there was none to redeem us out of their hand. Lamentations 5:9 We fetched our bread at the peril of our lives, because of the sword in the desert. Lamentations 5:10 Our skin was burnt as an oven, by reason of the violence of the famine. Lamentations 5:11 They oppressed the women in Sion, and the virgins in the cities of Juda. Lamentations 5:12 The princes were hanged up by their hand: they did not respect the persons of the ancients. Lamentations 5:13 They abused the young men indecently: and the children fell under the wood. Lamentations 5:14 The ancients have ceased from the gates: the young men from the choir of the singers. Lamentations 5:15 The joy of our heart is ceased, our dancing is turned into mourning. Lamentations 5:16 The crown is fallen from our head: woe to us, because we have sinned. Lamentations 5:17 Therefore is our heart sorrowful, therefore are our eyes become dim. Lamentations 5:18 For mount Sion, because it is destroyed, foxes have walked upon it. Lamentations 5:19 But thou, O Lord, shalt remain for ever, thy throne from generation to generation. Lamentations 5:20 Why wilt thou forget us for ever? why wilt thou forsake us for a long time? Lamentations 5:21 Convert us, O Lord, to thee, and we shall be converted: renew our days, as from the beginning. Lamentations 5:22 But thou hast utterly rejected us, thou art exceedingly angry with us.

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