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