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1Remember, Yahweh, what has come on us. Look, and see our disgrace!
  2Our inheritance has been turned over to strangers, our houses to aliens.
  3We have become orphans, without fathers; our mothers are widows.
  4We must pay for the water we drink; the wood we get is sold to us.
  5Our pursuers are on our necks; we are weary and have no rest.
  6We have given the hand to the Egyptians, and to the Assyrians, making a treaty in order to be satisfied with bread.
  7Our fathers sinned and are no more; but we bear their iniquities.
  8Slaves rule over us; there is none to deliver us out of their hand.
  9We get our bread at the peril of our souls because of the sword in the wilderness.
  10Our skin is as hot as an oven because of the burning heat of famine.
  11They raped the women in Zion, the virgins in the cities of Judah.
  12Officials were hung up by their hands; the faces of elders were not honored.
  13The young men worked the hand-mills; the boys stumbled under loads of wood.
  14The elders are gone from the gate, the young men from their music.
  15The joy of our hearts has ceased; our dancing has been turned into mourning.
  16The crown has fallen from our head. Woe to us, for we have sinned!
  17Because of this our hearts are faint; because of these things our eyes grow dim;
  18because of Mount Zion that lies desolate; jackals prowl in it.
  19You, Yahweh, remain forever; your throne is from generation to generation.
  20Why do you forget us forever and forsake us so long a time?
  21Turn us to yourself, Yahweh, and we may be turned. Renew our days as of old.
  22But you have utterly rejected us; you are very angry against us.

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