5 Our Lord, don’t forget how we have suffered and been disgraced. 2 Foreigners and strangers have taken our land and our homes. 3 We are like children whose mothers are widows. 4 The water we drink and the wood we burn cost far too much. 5 We are terribly mistreated;[b] we are worn out and can find no rest. 6 We had to surrender to[c] Egypt and Assyria because we were hungry.
7 Our ancestors sinned, but they are dead, and we are left to pay for their sins. 8 Slaves are now our rulers, and there is no one to set us free. 9 We are in danger from brutal desert tribes; we must risk our lives just to bring in our crops.[d] 10 Our skin is scorched from fever and hunger.
11 On Zion and everywhere in Judah our wives and daughters are being raped. 12 Our rulers are strung up by their arms, and our nation’s advisors are treated shamefully. 13 Young men are forced to do the work of slaves; boys must carry heavy loads of wood. 14 Our leaders are not allowed to decide cases in court, and young people no longer play music.
15 Our hearts are sad; instead of dancing, we mourn. 16 Zion’s glory has disappeared! And we are doomed because of our sins. 17 We feel sick all over and can’t even see straight; 18 our city is in ruins, overrun by wild dogs.
19 You will rule forever, Lord! You are King for all time. 20 Why have you forgotten us for so long? 21 Bring us back to you! Give us a fresh start. 22 Or do you despise us so much that you don’t want us?
5.1The People of Jerusalem Pray: Or “The Prophet Prays.”
5.5We. . . mistreated: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
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