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Chapter 5

5:1 Remember, O the Lord, what is come upon us; behold, and see our reproach.

5:2 Our inheritance is turned unto strangers, our houses unto aliens.

5:3 We are become orphans and fatherless, our mothers are as widows.

5:4 We have drunk our water for money; our wood cometh to us for price.

5:5 To our very necks we are pursued; we labour, and have no rest.

5:6 We have given the hand to Egypt, and to Assyria, to have bread enough;

5:7 Our fathers have sinned, and are not; and we have borne their iniquities.

5:8 Servants rule over us; there is none to deliver us out of their hand.

5:9 We get our bread with the peril of our lives because of the sword of the wilderness.

5:10 Our skin is hot like an oven because of the burning heat of famine.

5:11 They have ravished the women in Zion, the maidens in the cities of Judah.

5:12 Princes are hanged up by their hand; the faces of elders are not honoured.

5:13 The young men have borne the mill, and the children have stumbled under the wood.

5:14 The elders have ceased from the gate, the young men from their music.

5:15 The joy of our heart is ceased; our dance is turned into mourning.

5:16 The crown is fallen from our head; woe unto us! for we have sinned.

5:17 For this our heart is faint, for these things our eyes are dim;

5:18 For the mountain of Zion, which is desolate, the foxes walk upon it.

5:19 Thou, O the Lord, art enthroned for ever, Thy throne is from generation to generation.

5:20 Wherefore dost Thou forget us for ever, and forsake us so long time?

5:21 Turn Thou us unto Thee, O the Lord, and we shall be turned; renew our days as of old.

5:22 Thou canst not have utterly rejected us, and be exceeding wroth against us!

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