Lamentations Chapter 5
(Original 1611 KJV Bible)
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A pitifull complaint of Zion, in prayer vnto God.
Remember, O Lord, what is come vpon vs: consider and beholde our reproch.
Our inheritance is turned to strangers, our houses to aliants.
We are orphanes and fatherlesse, our mothers are as widowes.
We haue drunken our water for money, our wood is sold vnto vs.4
Our neckes are vnder persecution: we labour and haue no rest.5
We haue giuen the hand to the Egyptians, and to the Assyrians, to be satisfied with bread.
Our fathers haue sinned and are not, and wee haue borne their iniquities.7
Seruants haue ruled ouer vs: there is none that doeth deliuer vs out of their hand.
We gate our bread with the perill of our liues, because of the sword of the wildernesse.
Our skinne was blacke like an ouen, because of the terrible famine.10
They rauished the women in Zion, and the maides in the cities of Iudah.
Princes are hanged vp by their hand: the faces of Elders were not honoured.
They tooke the young men to grinde, and the children fell vnder the wood.
The Elders haue ceased from the gate, the young men from their musicke.
The ioy of our heart is ceased, our daunce is turned into mourning.
The crowne is fallen from our head: Woe vnto vs, that wee haue sinned.16
For this our heart is faint, for these things our eyes are dimme.
Because of the mountaine of Zion, which is desolate, the foxes walke vpon it.
Thou, O Lord, remainest for euer: thy throne from generation to generation.19
Wherefore doest thou forget vs for euer, and forsake vs so long time?20
Turne thou vs vnto thee, O Lord, and we shall be turned: renew our dayes as of old.21
But thou hast vtterly reiected vs: thou art very wroth against vs.22
Lamentations Chapter 5 Sidenote References (from Original 1611 KJV Bible):
4 Heb. commeth for price.
5 Heb. on our necks are we persecuted.
7 Ier.31.29 ezek.18.2.
10 Psal.11.38 , Or, terrors or stormes.
16 Hebr. the crowne of our head is fallen.
19 Psal.9.8. and 29.10. and 102.13. & 145.13.
20 Heb. for length of dayes.
22 Or, for wilt thou vtterly reiect vs?
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