Lamentations

Lamentations 5 ©

A pitiful complaint of Zion in prayer unto God.

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aREMEMBER, O LORD, what is come upon us: consider, and behold our reproach.

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Our inheritance is bturned to strangers, our houses to aliens.

b Ps. 79.1,2. De. 28.30-52. Ps. 44.11,12. Is. 63.10. Je. 10.25.
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We are corphans and fatherless, our mothers are as widows.

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dWe have drunken our water for money; our wood 1is sold unto us.

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2Our necks are under persecution: ewe labour, and have no rest.

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We fhave given the ghand to the Egyptians, and to the Assyrians, to be satisfied with bread.

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hOur fathers have sinned, and iare not; and we have borne their iniquities.

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jServants have ruled over us: there is none that doth deliver us out of their hand.

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We *gat our bread kwith the peril of our lives because of the sword of the wilderness.

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lOur skin was black like an oven because of the 3terrible famine.

l Job 30.30. Ps. 119.83. ch. 4.8.
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mThey ravished the women in Zion, and the maids in the cities of Judah.

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nPrinces are hanged up by their hand: the faces of elders were not honoured.

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oThey took pthe young men to grind, and the children fell under the wood.

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qThe elders have ceased from the gate, the young men from their musick.

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

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4The crown is fallen from our head: woe unto us, rthat we have sinned!

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sFor this our heart is faint; for these things our eyes are dim.

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tBecause of the mountain of Zion, which is desolate, the foxes walk upon it.

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Thou, O LORD, uremainest for ever; vthy throne from generation to generation.

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wWherefore dost thou forget us for ever, and forsake us 5so long time?

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Turn thou us xunto thee, O LORD, and we shall be turned; renew our days as of old.

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6But thou hast yutterly rejected us; thou art very *wroth against us.