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Jeremiah Mourns for His People

18 I’m burdened with sorrow
    and feel like giving up.
19 In a foreign land
    my people are crying.
Listen! You’ll hear them say,
“Has the Lord deserted Zion?
    Is he no longer its king?”

I hear the Lord reply,
“Why did you make me angry
    by worshiping useless idols?”

20 The people complain,
“Spring and summer
    have come and gone,
but still the Lord
    hasn’t rescued us.”

21 My people are crushed,
and so is my heart.
    I am horrified and mourn.
22 If medicine and doctors
may be found in Gilead,
    why aren’t my people healed?
I wish that my eyes
    were fountains of tears,
so I could cry day and night
for my people
    who were killed.

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