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1Remember, Hashem, what is come upon us; consider, and behold our reproach. 2Our nachalah is turned over to zarim, our batim (houses) to foreigners. 3We are yetomim and fatherless, immoteinu are like almanot. 4We must pay kesef for our own mayim; our wood is sold unto us. 5Our necks are under persecution; we are weary, and have no rest. 6We have submitted to the Mitzrayim, and to the Assyrians, to get enough lechem. 7Avoteinu have sinned, and are no more; and we have borne their iniquities. 8Avadim have ruled over us; there is none that doth deliver us out of their yad. 9We get our lechem with the peril of our lives because of the cherev of the midbar. 10Our skin was hot like an oven because we burn with ra'av (hunger, famine). 11They ravished the nashim in Tziyon, and the betulot in the towns of Yehudah. 12Sarim (princes) are hanged by their yad; the faces of Zekenim were not respected. 13They took the bochurim to grind, and the ne'arim staggered under the wood. 14The zekenim have ceased from the sha'ar, the bochurim from their music. 15The joy of our heart is gone; mekholeinu (our dance) is turned into mourning. 16The ateret is fallen from our head; woe unto us, for we have sinned! 17For this our lev is faint; because of these things our eyes are dim. 18Because of the Har Tziyon, which is desolate, the jackals prowl upon it. 19Thou, Hashem, remainest forever;Thy throne from generation to generation. 20Why dost Thou forget us forever, and forsake us for so long? 21Restore us, Hashem, to Thyself that we may return; renew yamenu (our days) as of old. 22Unless Thou hast utterly rejected us and Thou art angry with us beyond measure.
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