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Lamentations 5:1-9 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

A Plea for Mercy

Remember, O Lord, what has befallen us;
    look, and see our disgrace!
Our inheritance has been turned over to strangers,
    our homes to aliens.
We have become orphans, fatherless;
    our mothers are like widows.
We must pay for the water we drink;
    the wood we get must be bought.
With a yoke[a] on our necks we are hard driven;
    we are weary, we are given no rest.
We have made a pact with[b] Egypt and Assyria,
    to get enough bread.
Our ancestors sinned; they are no more,
    and we bear their iniquities.
Slaves rule over us;
    there is no one to deliver us from their hand.
We get our bread at the peril of our lives,
    because of the sword in the wilderness.

Footnotes:

  1. Lamentations 5:5 Symmachus: Heb lacks With a yoke
  2. Lamentations 5:6 Heb have given the hand to
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

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Lamentations 5:15-18 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

15 The joy of our hearts has ceased;
    our dancing has been 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 sick,
    because of these things our eyes have grown dim:
18 because of Mount Zion, which lies desolate;
    jackals prowl over it.

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

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