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