Lamentations 5 ©
This is an humble prayer, in which the prophet presents unto the Lord the great misery of the people of the Jews, v. 1, etc. Confessing their sins and transgressions, 16. And praying for mercy and deliverance, 19.
REMEMBER,1 O LORD, what is come upon us: consider, and behold 2our reproach.
3Our inheritance is turned to strangers, our houses to aliens.
We are orphans and 4fatherless, our mothers 5are as widows.
6We have drunken our water for money; 7our wood is sold unto us.
8Our necks are under persecution: 9we labour, and have no rest.
10We have given the hand to the Egyptians, and to the Assyrians, 11to be satisfied with bread.
12Our fathers have sinned, 13and 14are not; 15and we have borne their iniquities.
16Servants have ruled over us: there is none that doth 17deliver us out of their hand.
We gat 18our bread 19with the peril of our lives 20because of the sword of the wilderness.
21Our skin was black like an oven 22because of the terrible famine.
They 23ravished the women in Zion, and the maids in the cities of Judah.
24Princes are hanged up by their hand: 25the faces of elders were not honoured.
26They took the young men 27to grind, and 28the children fell under the wood.
The 29elders have ceased from the gate, the young men 30from their musick.
The joy of our heart is 31ceased; 32our dance is turned into mourning.
33The crown is fallen from our head: woe unto us, that we have sinned!
For this our heart is 34faint; 35for these things our eyes are dim.
36Because of the mountain of Zion, which is desolate, 37the foxes walk upon it.
38Thou, O LORD, 39remainest for ever; thy throne from generation to generation.
Wherefore dost thou 40forget us 41for ever, 42and forsake us 43so long time?
44Turn thou us unto thee, O LORD, and we shall be turned; 45renew our days 46as of old.
47But thou hast 48utterly rejected us; thou art very wroth against us.