The people’s complaint
1LORD, consider what has become of us; take notice of our disgrace. Look at it!
2Our property has been turned over to strangers;
our houses belong to foreigners.
3We have become orphans, having no father;
our mothers are like widows.
4We drink our own water—but for a price;
we gather our own wood—but pay for it.
5Our hunters have been at our necks;#Heb uncertain
we are worn out, but have no rest.
6We held out a hand to Egypt
and to Assyria, to get sufficient food.
7Our fathers have sinned and are gone,
but we are burdened with their iniquities.
8Slaves rule over us; there is no one to rescue us
from their power.
9We get our bread at the risk of our lives
because of the desert heat.#Or sword; Heb uncertain
10Our skin is as hot as an oven
because of the burning heat of famine.
11Women have been raped in Zion,
young women in Judah’s cities.
12Officials have been hung up by their hands;
elders have been shown no respect.
13Young men have carried grinding stones;
boys have stumbled under loads of wood.
14Elders have left the city gate;
young people stop their music.
15Joy has left our heart;
our dancing has changed into lamentation.
16The crown has fallen off our head.
We are doomed because we have sinned.
17Because of all this our heart is sick;
because of these things our glance is dark.
18Mount Zion, now deserted—
only jackals walk on it now!
19But you, LORD, will rule forever;
your throne lasts from one generation to the next.
20Why do you forget us continually;
why do you abandon us for such a long time?
21Return us, LORD, to yourself. Please let us return!#Or and we will return or so that we can return
Give us new days, like those long ago—
22unless you have completely rejected us,
or have become too angry with us.#Or But instead you have completely rejected us, become too angry with us, or Because if you have completely rejected us, have become too angry with us.