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5
Prayer for Restoration
1Yahweh, remember what has happened to us.
Look, and see our disgrace! # Ps 74:18,22; 89:50-51
2Our inheritance has been turned over to strangers,
our houses to foreigners.
3We have become orphans, fatherless;
our mothers are widows.
4We must pay for the water we drink;
our wood comes at a price.
5We are closely pursued;
we are tired, and no one offers us rest.
6We made a treaty with # Lit We gave the hand to Egypt
and with Assyria, to get enough food. # Hs 12:1
7Our fathers sinned; they no longer exist,
but we bear their punishment.
8Slaves rule over us; # Pr 30:21-23; Ec 10:7
no one rescues us from their hands.
9We secure our food at the risk of our lives
because of the sword in the wilderness.
10Our skin is as hot # Or black ; Hb obscure as an oven # Lm 4:8
from the ravages of hunger.
11Women are raped in Zion,
girls in the cities of Judah.
12Princes are hung up by their hands;
elders are shown no respect. # Lm 4:16
13Young men labor at millstones; # Ex 11:5; Jdg 16:21; Is 47:2
boys stumble under loads of wood.
14The elders have left the city gate,
the young men, their music. # Is 24:8
15Joy has left our hearts; # Am 8:10
our dancing has turned to mourning.
16The crown has fallen from our head. # Jb 19:9; Is 28:3; Jr 13:18
Woe to us, for we have sinned. # Jr 8:14; 14:20; Dn 9:11
17Because of this, our heart is sick;
because of these, our eyes grow dim: # Ps 69:23; Ec 12:3
18because of Mount Zion, which lies desolate
and has jackals prowling in it. # Is 13:19-22; 34:11-15
19You, Lord, are enthroned forever;
Your throne endures from generation to generation. # Ps 9:7; 45:6; 102:12; Ezk 43:7; Heb 1:8; Rv 4:9-10; 5:13
20Why have You forgotten us forever, # Ps 13:1
abandoned us for our entire lives?
21Lord, restore us to Yourself, so we may return; # Jr 15:19; 31:18
renew our days as in former times,
22unless You have completely rejected us
and are intensely angry with us.

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