Prayer for Restoration 5 1Yahweh, remember what has happened to us. Look, and see our disgrace! 2Our inheritance has been turned over to strangers, our houses to foreigners. 3We have become orphans, fatherless; our mothers are widows. 4We must pay for the water we drink; our wood comes at a price. 5We are closely pursued; we are tired, and no one offers us rest. 6We made a treaty with[Q] Egypt and with Assyria, to get enough food. 7Our fathers sinned; they no longer exist, but we bear their punishment. 8Slaves rule over us; no one rescues us from their hands. 9We secure our food at the risk of our lives because of the sword in the wilderness. 10Our skin is as hot[R] as an oven from the ravages of hunger. 11Women are raped in Zion, girls in the cities of Judah. 12Princes are hung up by their hands; elders are shown no respect. 13Young men labor at millstones; boys stumble under loads of wood. 14The elders have left the city gate, the young men, their music. 15Joy has left our hearts; our dancing has turned to mourning. 16The crown has fallen from our head. Woe to us, for we have sinned. 17Because of this, our heart is sick; because of these, our eyes grow dim: 18because of Mount Zion, which lies desolate and has jackals prowling in it. 19You, Lord, are enthroned forever; Your throne endures from generation to generation. 20Why have You forgotten us forever, abandoned us for our entire lives? 21Lord, restore us to Yourself, so we may return; renew our days as in former times, 22unless You have completely rejected us and are intensely angry with us.
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