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REMEMBER, O LORD, what has come upon us;
behold, and see our reproach.
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Our inheritance has been turned over to strangers, our houses to aliens.
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We have become orphans and fatherless, our mothers are as widows.
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We have drunken our water for money;
our wood is sold to us.
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Our necks are under yokes;
we labor, and have no rest.
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The Egyptians gave a helping hand, and we looked to the Assyrians to provide bread.
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Our fathers have sinned, and are no more;
and we have borne their iniquities.
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Servants rule over us;
there is none to deliver us out of their hands.
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We get our bread with the peril of our lives, because of the sword in the wilderness.
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Our skin has shriveled as though burned in an oven because of the suffering of famine.
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Women are ravished in Zion, and virgins in the cities of Judah.
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Princes are hanged up by their hands;
the faces of the elders are not honored.
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The young men grind the mill, and the youths stumble under loads of wood.
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The elders have ceased from the gate, the young men from their joy.
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The joy of our heart is ceased;
our dance is turned into mourning.
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The crown has fallen from our head;
woe to us, for we have sinned!
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¶ For this our heart is faint;
for these things our eyes are dim.
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Because mount Zion is desolate, the foxes walk upon it.
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But thou, O LORD, dost endure for ever;
thy throne from generation to generation.
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Therefore do not forget us for ever, nor forsake us for so long a time.
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Bring us back to thee, O LORD, and we shall be restored;
renew our days as of old.
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For thou hast utterly rejected us;
thou hast been exceedingly angry against us.