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Chapter 5

A Prayer for Mercy

1 Remember, O Lord, what has befallen us; Look, and see our reproach!
2 Our inheritance has been turned over to strangers, Our houses to aliens.
3 We have become orphans without a father, Our mothers are like widows.
4 We [fn] have to pay for our drinking water, Our wood comes to us at a price.
5 Our [fn] pursuers are at our necks; We are worn out, there is no rest for us.
6 We have submitted [fn] to Egypt and Assyria to [fn] get enough bread.
7 Our fathers sinned, and are no more; It is we who have borne their iniquities.
8 Slaves rule over us; There is no one to deliver us from their hand.
9 We get our bread at [fn] the risk of our lives Because [fn] of the sword in the wilderness.
10 Our skin has become as hot as an oven, Because of the [fn] burning heat of famine.
11 They ravished the women in Zion, The virgins in the cities of Judah.
12 Princes were hung by their hands; Elders [fn] were not respected.
13 Young men worked [fn] at the grinding mill, And youths stumbled under loads of wood.
14 Elders are [fn] gone from the gate, Young men from their music.
15 The joy of our hearts has ceased; Our dancing has been turned into mourning.
16 The crown has fallen from our head; Woe to us, for we have sinned!
17 Because of this our heart is faint, Because of these things our eyes are dim;
18 Because of Mount Zion which lies desolate, Foxes prowl in it.

19 You, O Lord, rule [fn] forever; Your throne is from generation to generation.
20 Why do You forget us forever? Why do You forsake us so [fn] long?
21 Restore us to You, O Lord, that we may be restored; Renew our days as of old,
22 Unless You have utterly rejected us And are exceedingly angry with us.
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Wednesday, October 16th, 2019
the Week of Proper 23 / Ordinary 28
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