NASB — Lamentations 5 — KJV

A Prayer for Mercy

  1 Remember, O LORD, what has befallen us;
  Look, and see our areproach!
  2 Our inheritance has been turned over to astrangers,
  Our bhouses to aliens.
  3 We have become orphans awithout a father,
  Our mothers are like widows.
  4 IWe have to pay for our drinking awater,
  Our wood comes [to us] at a price.
  5 IOur pursuers are at our necks;
  We are worn out, there is ano rest for us.
  6 We have Isubmitted to aEgypt [and] Assyria IIto get enough bread.
  7 Our afathers sinned, [and] are no more;
  It is we who have borne their iniquities.
  8 aSlaves rule over us;
  There is bno one to deliver us from their hand.
  9 We get our bread Iat the arisk of our lives
  IIBecause of the sword in the wilderness.
  10 Our skin has become as ahot as an oven,
  Because of Ithe burning heat of famine.
  11 They ravished the awomen in Zion,
  The virgins in the cities of Judah.
  12 Princes were hung by their hands;
  IaElders were not respected.
  13 Young men Iaworked at the grinding mill,
  And youths bstumbled under [loads] of wood.
  14 Elders Iare gone from the gate,
  Young men from their amusic.
  15 The joy of our hearts has aceased;
  Our dancing has been turned into mourning.
  16 The acrown has fallen from our head;
  bWoe to us, for we have sinned!
  17 Because of this our aheart is faint,
  Because of these things our beyes are dim;
  18 Because of aMount Zion which lies desolate,
  bFoxes prowl in it.

[1] aPs 44:13-16
[2] aIs 1:7; Ho 8:7, 8 bZp 1:13
[3] aEx 22:24; Jr 15:8; 18:21
[4] ILit We drink our water for silver aIs 3:1
[5] ILit We have been pursued upon aNe 9:36, 37
[6] ILit given the hand to IILit to be satisfied with aHo 9:3; 12:1
[7] aJr 14:20; 16:12
[8] aNe 5:15 bPs 7:2; Zc 11:6
[9] ILit with our soul IIOr In the face of aJr 40:9-12
[10] IOr the ravages of hunger aJb 30:30; Lm 4:8
[11] aIs 13:16; Zc 14:2
[12] ILit The faces of elders aIs 47:6; Lm 4:16
[13] ILit carry aJg 16:21 bJr 7:18
[14] ILit have ceased aIs 24:8; Jr 7:34
[15] aJr 25:10; Am 8:10
[16] aJb 19:9; Ps 89:39; Jr 13:18 bIs 3:9-11
[17] aIs 1:5 bJb 17:7; Lm 2:11
[18] aMi 3:12 bNe 4:3

  19aYou, O LORD, Irule forever;
  Your bthrone is from generation to generation.
  20 Why do You aforget us forever?
  Why do You forsake us Iso long?
  21 aRestore us to You, O LORD, that we may be restored;
  Renew bour days as of old,
  22 Unless aYou have utterly rejected us
  [And] are exceedingly bangry with us.

[19] ILit sit aPs 102:12, 25-27 bPs 45:6
[20] ILit to length of days aPs 13:1; 44:24
[21] aPs 80:3; Jr 31:18 bIs 60:20-22
[22] aPs 60:1, 2; Jr 7:29 bIs 64:9


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A pitiful complaint of Zion in prayer unto God.

1 ¶ Remember, O LORD, what is come upon us: consider, and behold our reproach. 2 Our inheritance is turned to strangers, our houses to aliens. 3 We are orphans and fatherless, our mothers [are] as widows. 4 We have drunken our water for money; our wood is sold unto us. 5 Our necks [are] under persecution: we labour, [and] have no rest. 6 We have given the hand [to] the Egyptians, [and to] the Assyrians, to be satisfied with bread. 7 Our fathers have sinned, [and are] not; and we have borne their iniquities. 8 Servants have ruled over us: [there is] none that doth deliver [us] out of their hand. 9 We gat our bread with [the peril of] our lives because of the sword of the wilderness. 10 Our skin was black like an oven because of the terrible famine. 11 They ravished the women in Zion, [and] the maids in the cities of Judah. 12 Princes are hanged up by their hand: the faces of elders were not honoured. 13 They took the young men to grind, and the children fell under the wood. 14 The elders have ceased from the gate, the young men from their musick. 15 The joy of our heart is ceased; our dance is turned into mourning. 16 The crown is fallen [from] our head: woe unto us, that we have sinned! 17 For this our heart is faint; for these [things] our eyes are dim. 18 Because of the mountain of Zion, which is desolate, the foxes walk upon it. 19 Thou, O LORD, remainest for ever; thy throne from generation to generation. 20 Wherefore dost thou forget us for ever, [and] forsake us so long time? 21 Turn thou us unto thee, O LORD, and we shall be turned; renew our days as of old. 22 But thou hast utterly rejected us; thou art very wroth against us.

[1] Ne 1:3, 8; 4:4; Jb 7:7; 10:9; Ps 44:13; 74:10; 79:4, 12; 89:50; 123:3; Jr 15:15; Lm 1:20; 2:15, 20; 3:19, 61; Hab 3:2; Lk 23:42.
[2] Dt 28:30; Ps 79:1; Is 1:7; 5:17; 63:18; Jr 6:12; Ezk 7:21, 24; Zp 1:13.
[3] Ex 22:24; Jr 18:21; Ho 14:3.
[4] Dt 28:48; Is 3:1; Ezk 4:9.
[5] Dt 28:48, 65; Ne 9:36; Jr 27:2, 8, 11; 28:14; Lm 1:14; 4:19; Mt 11:29; Ac 15:10.
[6] Gn 24:2; 2K 10:15; Is 30:1; 31:1; 57:9; Jr 2:18, 36; 44:12; 50:15; Ezk 17:18; Ho 5:13; 7:11; 9:3; 12:1.
[7] Gn 42:13, 36; Ex 20:5; Jb 7:8, 21; Jr 16:12; 31:15, 29; Ezk 18:2; Zc 1:5; Mt 23:32.
[8] Gn 9:25; Dt 28:43; Ne 2:19; 5:15; Jb 5:4; 10:7; Ps 7:2; 50:22; Pv 30:22; Is 43:13; Ho 2:10; Zc 11:6.
[9] Jg 6:11; 2S 23:17; Jr 40:9; 41:1, 18; 42:14, 16; Ezk 4:16; 12:18.
[10] Jb 30:30; Ps 119:83; Lm 3:4; 4:8.
[11] Dt 28:30; Is 13:16; Zc 14:2.
[12] Is 47:6; Jr 39:6; 52:10, 25; Lm 2:10, 20; 4:16.
[13] Ex 1:11; 2:11; 11:5; 23:5; Jg 16:21; Ne 5:1; Jb 31:10; Is 47:2; 58:6; Mt 23:4.
[14] Dt 16:18; Jb 29:7; 30:1, 31; Is 3:2; 24:7; Jr 7:34; 16:9; 25:10; Lm 1:4, 19; 2:10; Ezk 26:13; Rv 18:22.
[15] Ps 30:11; Am 6:4; 8:10; Jm 4:9.
[16] Jb 19:9; Ps 89:39; Pv 14:34; Is 3:9; Jr 2:17, 19; 4:18; 13:18; Lm 1:1, 8, 18; 2:1; 4:13; Ezk 7:17; 21:26; 22:12; 2P 2:4; Rv 2:10; 3:11.
[17] Lv 26:36; Dt 28:65; Jb 17:7; Ps 6:7; 31:9; 69:3; Is 1:5; 38:14; Jr 8:18; 46:5; Lm 1:13, 22; 2:11; Ezk 21:7, 15; Mi 6:13.
[18] 1K 9:7; Ps 74:2; Is 32:13; Jr 9:11; 17:3; 26:9; 52:13; Lm 2:8; Mi 3:12.
[19] Dt 33:27; Ps 9:7; 10:16; 29:10; 45:6; 90:2; 102:12, 25; 145:13; 146:10; Dn 2:44; 7:14, 27; Hab 1:12; 1Ti 1:17; 6:15; He 1:8, 10; 13:8; Rv 1:4, 8, 17.
[20] Ps 13:1; 44:24; 74:1; 77:7; 79:5; 85:5; 89:46; 94:3; Is 64:9; Jr 14:19.
[21] 1K 18:37; Ps 80:3, 7, 19; 85:4; Jr 31:4, 18, 23; 32:39; 33:10, 13; Ezk 11:19; 36:25, 37; Hab 3:2; Zc 8:3; Mal 3:4.
[22] Ps 44:9; 60:1; Jr 15:1; Ezk 37:11; Ho 1:6.


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