1Remember, O Lord, what hath occurred to us, look down, and behold our disgrace.
2Our inheritance is turned over to strangers, our houses to aliens.
3Orphans are we become, and we are without a father, our mothers are like widows.
4Our water have we drunk for money: our wood cometh to us for a purchase price.
5Up to our necks are we pursued: we are fatigued, and no rest is allowed us.
6To Egypt do we stretch out our hand, to Asshur, to be satisfied with bread.
7Our fathers have sinned, and are no more; but we have indeed to bear their iniquities.
8Servants rule over us: no one delivereth us out of their hand.
9At the peril of our life must we bring home our bread, because of the sword of the wilderness.
10Our skin gloweth like an oven, because of the heat of famine.
11Women have they ravished in Zion, virgins, in the cities of Judah.
12Princes were hanged up by their hand: the faces of elders were not honored.
13Young men they bore to the mill, and boys stumbled under the wood.
14The elders have ceased from the gate, young men, from their singing.
15Ceased hath the joy of our heart: our dance is changed into mourning.
16Fallen is the crown of our head: woe to us, for we have sinned.
17Because of this is our heart made sick; for these things are our eyes dimmed;
18Because of the mount of Zion which is wasted, foxes walk about on it.
19O thou, Lord, wilt truly abide for ever, thy throne existeth throughout all generations.
20Wherefore wilt thou forget us for ever! wilt thou forsake us for so long a time?
21Cause us to return, O Lord, unto thee, and we will return: renew our days as of old.
22For wouldst thou entirely reject us, be wroth with us to the uttermost?