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1Remember, Yahweh, what has happened to us! Look, and see our disgrace!
  2Our inheritance has been turned over to strangers, our houses to foreigners.
  3We have become orphans, without a father; our mothers are like widows.
  4We must pay for the water we drink; the wood we get comes at a price.
  5Our pursuers are breathing down our necks;a we are weary and have no rest.
  6We have put out a hand to Egypt, and to Assyria, making a treaty in order to get enough bread.
  7Our fathers sinned and are no more, but we bear their iniquities.b
  8Slaves rule over us; there is no one to tear us out of their hand.
  9We get our food at the peril of our souls because of the sword in the wilderness.
  10Our skin heats up like an oven because of the burning heat of hunger.
  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.
  13Young men labor at millstones; boys stumble under loads of wood.
  14The elders have ceased from the city 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, because we have sinned!
  17Because of this our hearts are faint; because of these things our eyes grow dim;
  18because of Mount Zion that is desolate; jackals prowl in it.
  19You, Yahweh, reign forever; your throne is from generation to generation.
  20Why do you continually forget us and forsake us for so long?
  21Restore us to yourself, O Yahweh, and we will be restored. Renew our days as of old,
  22even though you have rejected, yes, rejected us. You have been very angry against us.

Lit. “upon” our necks
Or, “punishment”

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