Remember Us!
1Remember, Adonai, what has come upon us. Look, and see our disgrace!
2Our inheritance is turned over to strangers, our homes to foreigners.
3We have become orphans, fatherless, our mothers are like widows.
4We pay silver for the water we drink; our wood comes at a price.
5Our pursuers are at our necks. We are weary and have no rest.
6We have held out our hand to Egypt and Assyria to be satisfied with bread.
7Our fathers sinned and are no more, but we bear their punishment.
8Slaves rule over us. There is no one to deliver us from their hand.
9We get our bread at the peril of our lives because of the sword in the desert.
10Our skin is hot as an oven due to fever from famine.
11The women in Zion have been ravished, maidens in the towns of Judah.
12Princes are hung up by their hands; elders are dishonored.
13Young men toil at the millstone. Boys stagger under loads of wood.
14Elders are gone from the gate, young men from their music.
15Joy has ceased in our hearts. Our dance has turned into mourning.
16The crown has fallen from our head. Oy to us, for we have sinned!
17Because of this our heart is faint, for these things our eyes are dim,
18for Mount Zion, which lies desolate, as jackals prowl over it.
Hashiveinu (Restore Us)
19You, Adonai, are enthroned forever; Your throne endures from generation to generation.
20Why do You always forget us and forsake us for so long?
21Bring us back to You, Adonai, and we will return. Renew our days as of old—
22unless You have utterly rejected us and are exceedingly angry with us.