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Lamentations 5 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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A Prayer for Restoration
Prayer for Restoration
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 5:1 - Remember, O LORD, what has come upon us;
Look, and behold our reproach!
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 5:2 - Our inheritance has been turned over to aliens,
And our houses to foreigners.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 5:3 - We have become orphans and waifs,
Our mothers are like widows.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 5:4 - We pay for the water we drink,
And our wood comes at a price.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 5:5 - They pursue at our heels;[fn]
We labor and have no rest.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 5:6 - We have given our hand to the Egyptians
And the Assyrians, to be satisfied with bread.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 5:7 - Our fathers sinned and are no more,
But we bear their iniquities.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 5:8 - Servants rule over us;
There is none to deliver us from their hand.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 5:9 - We get our bread at the risk of our lives,
Because of the sword in the wilderness.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 5:10 - Our skin is hot as an oven,
Because of the fever of famine.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 5:11 - They ravished the women in Zion,
The maidens in the cities of Judah.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 5:12 - Princes were hung up by their hands,
And elders were not respected.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 5:13 - Young men ground at the millstones;
Boys staggered under loads of wood.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 5:14 - The elders have ceased gathering at the gate,
And the young men from their music.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 5:15 - The joy of our heart has ceased;
Our dance has turned into mourning.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 5:16 - The crown has fallen from our head.
Woe to us, for we have sinned!
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 5:17 - Because of this our heart is faint;
Because of these things our eyes grow dim;
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 5:18 - Because of Mount Zion which is desolate,
With foxes walking about on it.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 5:19 - You, O LORD, remain forever;
Your throne from generation to generation.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 5:20 - Why do You forget us forever,
And forsake us for so long a time?
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 5:21 - Turn us back to You, O LORD, and we will be restored;
Renew our days as of old,
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 5:22 - Unless You have utterly rejected us,
And are very angry with us!
NKJV Footnotes
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New King James Version, © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

The text of the New King James Version (NKJV) appearing on or deriving from this or any other web page is for personal use only. Any other use of the NKJV must be in conformity with the Quotation Policy for the New King James Version. For more information about the New King James Version, the Quotation Policy, and for inquiries about permission to use the New King James Version, go to Thomas Nelson, Inc..

For more information on this translation, see the NKJV Preface.

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