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1Remember, O יהוה, what has come upon us. Look, and see our reproach!
2Our inheritance has been turned over to strangers, And our houses to foreigners.
3We have become orphans, fatherless, Our mothers are like widows.
4We had to pay for our drinking water, And our wood comes at a price.
5We have been pursued close onto our neck, We have laboured and had no rest.
6To Mitsrayim we have given a hand; To Ashshur, to be satisfied with bread.
7Our fathers sinned, they are no more. We have borne their crookednesses.
8Servants have ruled over us; There is no one to deliver from their hand.
9With our lives we bring in our bread, Because of the sword of the wilderness.
10Our skin has become as hot as an oven, Because of the burning heat of scarcity of food.
11They have humbled the women in Tsiyon, The maidens in the cities of Yehuḏah.
12Rulers were hung up by their hands, And elders were not respected.
13They have taken young men to grind, And youths stumbled under loads of wood.
14Elders have ceased from the gate, Young men from their song.
15The joy of our heart has ceased, Our dancing has turned into mourning.
16The crown has fallen from our head. Woe to us, for we have sinned!
17Because of this our heart has been sick, Because of these our eyes have become dim,
18Because of Mount Tsiyon which is laid waste; Foxes have gone roaming in it.
19You, O יהוה, remain forever, Your throne from generation to generation.
20Why do You forget us forever, Forsake us for length of days?
21Turn us back to You, O יהוה, And let us turn back, Renew our days as of old.
22You have been wroth with us, exceedingly!
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