CHAPTER 5 The Community’s Lament to the Lord 5 1Remember, LORD, what has happened to us, pay attention, and see our disgrace: 2Our heritage is turned over to strangers, our homes, to foreigners. 3We have become orphans, without fathers; our mothers are like widows. 4We pay money to drink our own water, our own wood comes at a price. 5With a yoke on our necks, we are driven; we are worn out, but allowed no rest. 6We extended a hand to Egypt and Assyria, to satisfy our need of bread.[Z] 7Our ancestors, who sinned, are no more; but now we bear their guilt. 8Servants[A] rule over us, with no one to tear us from their hands. 9We risk our lives just to get bread, exposed to the desert heat; 10Our skin heats up like an oven, from the searing blasts of famine. 11Women are raped in Zion, young women in the cities of Judah; 12Princes have been hanged by them, elders shown no respect. 13Young men carry millstones, boys stagger under loads of wood; 14The elders have abandoned the gate,[B] the young men their music. 15The joy of our hearts has ceased, dancing has turned into mourning; 16The crown has fallen from our head: woe to us that we sinned! 17Because of this our hearts grow sick, at this our eyes grow dim: 18Because of Mount Zion, lying desolate, and the jackals roaming there! 19But you, LORD, are enthroned forever; your throne stands from age to age. 20[C] Why have you utterly forgotten us, forsaken us for so long? 21Bring us back to you, LORD, that we may return: renew our days as of old. 22For now you have indeed rejected us and utterly turned your wrath against us.
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