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Lamentations 5 1599 Geneva Bible (GNV)

The prayer of Jeremiah.

Remember, O Lord, what is come upon us: [a]consider, and behold our reproach.

Our inheritance is turned to the strangers, our houses to the aliens.

We are fatherless, even without father, and our mothers are as widows.

We have drunk our [b]water for money, and our wood is sold unto us.

Our necks are under persecution: we are weary, and have no rest.

We have given our [c]hands to the Egyptians, and to Assyria, to be satisfied with bread.

Our fathers have sinned, and are not, and we have borne [d]their iniquities.

Servants have ruled over us, none would deliver us out of their hands.

We got our bread with the peril of our lives, because of the sword [e]of the wilderness.

10 Our skin was black like as an oven because of the terrible famine.

11 They defiled the women in Zion, and the maids in the cities of Judah.

12 The princes are hanged up by [f]their hand: the faces of the Elders were not had in honor.

13 They took the young men to grind, and the children fell under [g]the wood.

14 The Elders have ceased from the [h]gate and the young men from their songs.

15 The joy of our heart is gone, our dance is turned into mourning.

16 The crown of our head is fallen: woe now unto us, that we have sinned.

17 Therefore our heart is heavy for these things, our [i]eyes are dim,

18 Because of the mountain of Zion, which is desolate: the foxes run upon it.

19 But thou, O Lord, remainest [j]forever: thy throne is from generation to generation.

20 Wherefore dost thou forget us forever, and forsake us so long time?

21 [k]Turn thou us unto thee, O Lord, and we shall be turned: renew our days as of old.

22 But thou hast utterly rejected us: thou art exceedingly angry against us.


  1. Lamentations 5:1 This prayer as is thought, was made when some of the people were carried away captive, others, as the poorest remained, and some went into Egypt, and other places for succor: albeit it seemeth that the Prophet foreseeing their miseries to come, thus prayed.
  2. Lamentations 5:4 Meaning, their extreme servitude and bondage.
  3. Lamentations 5:6 We are joined in league and amity with them, or have submitted ourselves unto them.
  4. Lamentations 5:7 As our fathers have been punished for their sins: so we that are culpable of the same sins, are punished.
  5. Lamentations 5:9 Because of the enemy that came from the wilderness, and would not suffer us to go and seek our necessary food.
  6. Lamentations 5:12 That is, by the enemy’s hand.
  7. Lamentations 5:13 Their slavery was so great, that they were not able to abide it.
  8. Lamentations 5:14 There were no more laws nor form of commonwealth.
  9. Lamentations 5:17 With weeping.
  10. Lamentations 5:19 And therefore thy covenant and mercies can never fail.
  11. Lamentations 5:21 Whereby is declared that it is not in man’s power to turn to God, but is only his work to convert us, and thus God worketh in us before we can turn to him, Jer. 31:18.
1599 Geneva Bible (GNV)

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Lamentations 5 New International Version (NIV)

Remember, Lord, what has happened to us;
    look, and see our disgrace.
Our inheritance has been turned over to strangers,
    our homes to foreigners.
We have become fatherless,
    our mothers are widows.
We must buy the water we drink;
    our wood can be had only at a price.
Those who pursue us are at our heels;
    we are weary and find no rest.
We submitted to Egypt and Assyria
    to get enough bread.
Our ancestors sinned and are no more,
    and we bear their punishment.
Slaves rule over us,
    and there is no one to free us from their hands.
We get our bread at the risk of our lives
    because of the sword in the desert.
10 Our skin is hot as an oven,
    feverish from hunger.
11 Women have been violated in Zion,
    and virgins in the towns of Judah.
12 Princes have been hung up by their hands;
    elders are shown no respect.
13 Young men toil at the millstones;
    boys stagger under loads of wood.
14 The elders are gone from the city gate;
    the young men have stopped their music.
15 Joy is gone from our hearts;
    our dancing has turned to mourning.
16 The crown has fallen from our head.
    Woe to us, for we have sinned!
17 Because of this our hearts are faint,
    because of these things our eyes grow dim
18 for Mount Zion, which lies desolate,
    with jackals prowling over it.

19 You, Lord, reign forever;
    your throne endures from generation to generation.
20 Why do you always forget us?
    Why do you forsake us so long?
21 Restore us to yourself, Lord, that we may return;
    renew our days as of old
22 unless you have utterly rejected us
    and are angry with us beyond measure.

New International Version (NIV)

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