V. Elegy, Chapter 5

A cry to God to remember the nation Israel. “Prayer of Jeremiah.”

Lamentations 5:1-22 KJVS

[1] Remember, O LORD, what is come upon us: consider, and behold our reproach.

[2] Our inheritance is turned to strangers, our houses to aliens.

[3] We are orphans and fatherless, our mothers are as widows.

[4] We have drunken our water for money; our wood is sold unto us.

[5] Our necks are under persecution: we labour, and have no rest.

[6] We have given the hand to the Egyptians, and to the Assyrians, to be satisfied with bread.

[7] Our fathers have sinned, and are not; and we have borne their iniquities.

[8] Servants have ruled over us: there is none that doth deliver us out of their hand.

[9] We gat our bread with the peril of our lives because of the sword of the wilderness.

[10] Our skin was black like an oven because of the terrible famine.

[11] They ravished the women in Zion, and the maids in the cities of Judah.

[12] Princes are hanged up by their hand: the faces of elders were not honoured.

[13] They took the young men to grind, and the children fell under the wood.

[14] The elders have ceased from the gate, the young men from their musick.

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

[16] The crown is fallen from our head: woe unto us, that we have sinned!

[17] For this our heart is faint; for these things our eyes are dim.

[18] Because of the mountain of Zion, which is desolate, the foxes walk upon it.

[19] Thou, O LORD, remainest for ever; thy throne from generation to generation.

[20] Wherefore dost thou forget us for ever, and forsake us so long time?

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

[22] But thou hast utterly rejected us; thou art very wroth against us.



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