A Prayer for Mercy

Remember, Lord, what has come upon us;
Look, and see our (A)disgrace!
Our inheritance has been turned over to (B)strangers,
Our (C)houses to foreigners.
We have become orphans, (D)without a father;
Our mothers are like widows.
[a]We have to pay for our drinking (E)water,
Our wood comes to us at a price.
[b]Our pursuers are at our necks;
We are worn out, we are given (F)no rest.
We have [c]submitted to (G)Egypt and Assyria [d]to get enough bread.
Our (H)fathers sinned, and are gone;
It is we who have been burdened with the punishment for their wrongdoings.
(I)Slaves rule over us;
There is (J)no one to rescue us from their hand.
We get our bread [e]at the (K)risk of our lives
Because of the sword in the wilderness.
10 Our skin has become as (L)hot as an oven,
Because of the ravages of hunger.
11 They violated the (M)women in Zion,
The virgins in the cities of Judah.
12 Leaders were hung by their hands;
[f](N)Elders were not respected.
13 Young men [g](O)worked at the grinding mill,
And youths (P)staggered under loads of wood.
14 Elders are absent from the gate,
Young men from their (Q)music.
15 The joy of our hearts has (R)ended;
Our dancing has been turned into mourning.

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  1. Lamentations 5:4 Lit We drink our water with silver
  2. Lamentations 5:5 Lit We have been pursued upon
  3. Lamentations 5:6 Lit given Egypt a hand
  4. Lamentations 5:6 Lit to be satisfied with
  5. Lamentations 5:9 Lit with our soul
  6. Lamentations 5:12 Lit The faces of elders
  7. Lamentations 5:13 Lit carried the

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