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1 Remember, O Jehovah, what has come to us; Look, and see our reproach:

2 Our heritage is turned over to foreigners, Our houses to aliens.

3 Orphans are we become, without a father; Our mothers are as widows.

4 Our own water, for money we drink; Our own wood, for a price it comes to us.

5 On our necks have we suffered persecution; We have labored, and had no rest.

6 To the Egyptians we extended the hand, To the Assyrians, to be satisfied with bread.

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

8 Servants have ruled over us; None delivered from their hands.

9 With our life have we procured our bread, Because of the drought of the desert.

10 Our skins are like an oven black, Because of the burnings of famine.

11 Women in Sion have been ravished, Virgins in the cities of Judah.

12 Princes by their own hand were hung, The faces of elders were not honored.

13 Young men they took to grind, And boys under the wood fell.

14 Eiders ceased from the gate, Young men from their music.

15 Ceased has the joy of our heart, Turned into mourning has our dance.

16 Fallen has the crown of our head; Woe now to us, for we have sinned!

17 Therefore faint is our heart; For this darkener! are our eyes,

18 Even for mount Sion, which is desolate; Foxes pass through it.

19 Thou Jehovah for ever sittest, Thy throne is through all ages.

20 Why shouldest thou perpetually forget us, And forsake us for ever.

21 Turn us, Jehovah, to thee, and we shall be turned; Renew our days as of old;

22 Except thou hast wholly rejected us, And hast become very angry with us.


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