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5:1  Keep in mind, O Lord, what has come to us: take note and see our shame.
5:2  Our heritage is given up to men of strange lands, our houses to those who are not our countrymen.
5:3  We are children without fathers, our mothers are like widows.
5:4  We give money for a drink of water, we get our wood for a price.
5:5  Our attackers are on our necks: overcome with weariness, we have no rest.
5:6  We have given our hands to the Egyptians and to the Assyrians so that we might have enough bread.
5:7  Our fathers were sinners and are dead; and the weight of their evil-doing is on us.
5:8  Servants are ruling over us, and there is no one to make us free from their hands.
5:9  We put our lives in danger to get our bread, because of the sword of the waste land.
5:10  Our skin is heated like an oven because of our burning heat from need of food.
5:11  They took by force the women in Zion, the virgins in the towns of Judah.
5:12  Their hands put princes to death by hanging: the faces of old men were not honoured.
5:13  The young men were crushing the grain, and the boys were falling under the wood.
5:14  The old men are no longer seated in the doorway, and the music of the young men has come to an end.
5:15  The joy of our hearts is ended; our dancing is changed into sorrow.
5:16  The crown has been taken from our head: sorrow is ours, for we are sinners.
5:17  Because of this our hearts are feeble; for these things our eyes are dark;
5:18  Because of the mountain of Zion which is a waste; jackals go over it.
5:19  You, O Lord, are seated as King for ever; the seat of your power is eternal.
5:20  Why have we gone from your memory for ever? why have you been turned away from us for so long?
5:21  Make us come back to you, O Lord, and let us be turned; make our days new again as in the past.
5:22  But you have quite given us up; you are full of wrath against us.