A pitiful complaint of Zion in prayer unto God.
Lamentations 5:1 Remember, O Yahweh, what hath befallen us, Look around, and see our reproach: Lamentations 5:2 Our inheritance, turned over to foreigners, our houses, to aliens. Lamentations 5:3 Orphans, have we become, and fatherless, our mothers, are widows indeed. Lamentations 5:4 Our waterfor silver, have we drunk, our woodfor a price, cometh in. Lamentations 5:5 Upon our necks, are our pursuers, We labour, and there is allowed us no rest. Lamentations 5:6 To Egypt, have we stretched out our hand, to Assyria, to be satisfied with bread. Lamentations 5:7 Our fathers, sinned, and are not, and, we, their iniquities, have borne. Lamentations 5:8 Slaves, have ruled over us, There is none to set free from their hand. Lamentations 5:9 At the risk of our life, do we bring in our bread, because of the sword of the desert. Lamentations 5:10 Our skin, as with a furnace, is scorched, because of the hot winds of famine. Lamentations 5:11 Womenin Zion, were ravished, virgins, in the cities of Judah! Lamentations 5:12 Princes, by their hand, have been hanged, The faces of elders, not honoured. Lamentations 5:13 Young men, a millstone, have lifted, and, youths, under wood, have staggered. Lamentations 5:14 Elders, from the gates, have ceased. Young men, from their music. Lamentations 5:15 Ceased hath the joy of our hearts, Changed to mourning, our dance. Lamentations 5:16 Fallen is the crown of our head. Surely woe to us, for we have sinned. Lamentations 5:17 For this cause, faint is our heart, For these things, dimmed are our eyes: Lamentations 5:18 Because of Mount Zion, which is desolate, jackals, have gone prowling therein. Lamentations 5:19 Thou, O Yahweh, unto times age-abiding, dost remain, Thy throne, from generation to generation: Lamentations 5:20 Wherefore shouldst thou perpetually forget us? forsake us, to length of days? Lamentations 5:21 Bring us back, O Yahweh, unto thyself, and we will come back! Renew our days, as of old; Lamentations 5:22 For though thou hast not, utterly rejected, us, thou art wroth with usexceedingly!