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Lamentations 5 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

A Prayer for Mercy

Remember, O Lord, what has befallen us;
Look, and see our reproach!
Our inheritance has been turned over to strangers,
Our houses to aliens.
We have become orphans without a father,
Our mothers are like widows.
[a]We have to pay for our drinking water,
Our wood comes to us at a price.
[b]Our pursuers are at our necks;
We are worn out, there is no rest for us.
We have [c]submitted to Egypt and Assyria [d]to get enough bread.
Our fathers sinned, and are no more;
It is we who have borne their iniquities.
Slaves rule over us;
There is no one to deliver us from their hand.
We get our bread [e]at the risk of our lives
[f]Because of the sword in the wilderness.
10 Our skin has become as hot as an oven,
Because of [g]the burning heat of famine.
11 They ravished the women in Zion,
The virgins in the cities of Judah.
12 Princes were hung by their hands;
[h]Elders were not respected.
13 Young men [i]worked at the grinding mill,
And youths stumbled under loads of wood.
14 Elders [j]are gone from the gate,
Young men from their music.
15 The joy of our hearts has ceased;
Our dancing has been turned into mourning.
16 The crown has fallen from our head;
Woe to us, for we have sinned!
17 Because of this our heart is faint,
Because of these things our eyes are dim;
18 Because of Mount Zion which lies desolate,
Foxes prowl in it.

19 You, O Lord, [k]rule forever;
Your throne is from generation to generation.
20 Why do You forget us forever?
Why do You forsake us [l]so long?
21 Restore us to You, O Lord, that we may be restored;
Renew our days as of old,
22 Unless You have utterly rejected us
And are exceedingly angry with us.

Footnotes:

  1. Lamentations 5:4 Lit We drink our water for silver
  2. Lamentations 5:5 Lit We have been pursued upon
  3. Lamentations 5:6 Lit given the hand to
  4. Lamentations 5:6 Lit to be satisfied with
  5. Lamentations 5:9 Lit with our soul
  6. Lamentations 5:9 Or In the face of
  7. Lamentations 5:10 Or the ravages of hunger
  8. Lamentations 5:12 Lit The faces of elders
  9. Lamentations 5:13 Lit carry
  10. Lamentations 5:14 Lit have ceased
  11. Lamentations 5:19 Lit sit
  12. Lamentations 5:20 Lit to length of days
New American Standard Bible (NASB)

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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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