A Prayer for Mercy 5 1Remember, O Lord, what has befallen us; Look, and see our reproach! 2Our inheritance has been turned over to strangers, Our houses to aliens. 3We have become orphans without a father, Our mothers are like widows. 4[D]We have to pay for our drinking water, Our wood comes to us at a price. 5[E]Our pursuers are at our necks; We are worn out, there is no rest for us. 6We have [F]submitted to Egypt and Assyria [G]to get enough bread. 7Our fathers sinned, and are no more; It is we who have borne their iniquities. 8Slaves rule over us; There is no one to deliver us from their hand. 9We get our bread [H]at the risk of our lives [I]Because of the sword in the wilderness. 10Our skin has become as hot as an oven, Because of [J]the burning heat of famine. 11They ravished the women in Zion, The virgins in the cities of Judah. 12Princes were hung by their hands; [K]Elders were not respected. 13Young men [L]worked at the grinding mill, And youths stumbled under loads of wood. 14Elders [M]are gone from the gate, Young men from their music. 15The joy of our hearts has ceased; Our dancing has been turned into mourning. 16The crown has fallen from our head; Woe to us, for we have sinned! 17Because of this our heart is faint, Because of these things our eyes are dim; 18Because of Mount Zion which lies desolate, Foxes prowl in it. 19You, O Lord, [N]rule forever; Your throne is from generation to generation. 20Why do You forget us forever? Why do You forsake us [O]so long? 21Restore us to You, O Lord, that we may be restored; Renew our days as of old, 22Unless You have utterly rejected us And are exceedingly angry with us.
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