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Lamentations 5 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

Remember, O Lord, what is come upon us; consider, and behold our reproach.

Our inheritance is turned to strangers, our houses to aliens.

We are orphans and fatherless, our mothers are as widows.

We have paid money for water we drink; our wood is sold unto us.

Our necks are under persecution; we labor and have no rest.

We have given the hand to the Egyptians and to the Assyrians to be provided with bread.

Our fathers have sinned, and are no more; and we have borne their iniquities.

Servants have ruled over us; there is none that doth deliver us out of their hand.

We got our bread with the peril of our lives, because of the sword of the wilderness.

10 Our skin was black like an oven because of the terrible famine.

11 They ravished the women in Zion, and the maids in the cities of Judah.

12 Princes are hanged up by their hand; the faces of elders were not honored.

13 They took the young men to grind, and the children fell under the wood.

14 The elders have ceased from the gate, the young men from their music.

15 The joy of our heart is ceased; our dance is turned into mourning.

16 The crown is fallen from our head. Woe unto us that we have sinned!

17 For this our heart is faint; for these things our eyes are dim.

18 Because of the mountain of Zion which is desolate, the foxes walk upon it.

19 Thou, O Lord, remainest for ever, Thy throne from generation to generation.

20 Why dost Thou forget us for ever, and forsake us so long a time?

21 Turn Thou us unto Thee, O Lord, and we shall be turned! Renew our days as of old!—

22 But Thou hast utterly rejected us; Thou art very wroth against us.

Lamentations 5 New International Version (NIV)

Remember, Lord, what has happened to us;
    look, and see our disgrace.
Our inheritance has been turned over to strangers,
    our homes to foreigners.
We have become fatherless,
    our mothers are widows.
We must buy the water we drink;
    our wood can be had only at a price.
Those who pursue us are at our heels;
    we are weary and find no rest.
We submitted to Egypt and Assyria
    to get enough bread.
Our ancestors sinned and are no more,
    and we bear their punishment.
Slaves rule over us,
    and there is no one to free us from their hands.
We get our bread at the risk of our lives
    because of the sword in the desert.
10 Our skin is hot as an oven,
    feverish from hunger.
11 Women have been violated in Zion,
    and virgins in the towns of Judah.
12 Princes have been hung up by their hands;
    elders are shown no respect.
13 Young men toil at the millstones;
    boys stagger under loads of wood.
14 The elders are gone from the city gate;
    the young men have stopped their music.
15 Joy is gone from our hearts;
    our dancing has turned to mourning.
16 The crown has fallen from our head.
    Woe to us, for we have sinned!
17 Because of this our hearts are faint,
    because of these things our eyes grow dim
18 for Mount Zion, which lies desolate,
    with jackals prowling over it.

19 You, Lord, reign forever;
    your throne endures from generation to generation.
20 Why do you always forget us?
    Why do you forsake us so long?
21 Restore us to yourself, Lord, that we may return;
    renew our days as of old
22 unless you have utterly rejected us
    and are angry with us beyond measure.

New International Version (NIV)

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