Lamentations 5

A Prayer for Mercy

Remember, Lord, what has come upon us;
Look, and see our disgrace!
Our inheritance has been turned over to strangers,
Our houses to foreigners.
We have become orphans, without a father;
Our mothers are like widows.
[a]We have to pay for our drinking water,
Our wood comes to us at a price.
[b]Our pursuers are at our necks;
We are worn out, we are given no rest.
We have [c]submitted to Egypt and Assyria [d]to get enough bread.
Our fathers sinned, and are gone;
It is we who have been burdened with the punishment for their wrongdoings.
Slaves rule over us;
There is no one to rescue us from their hand.
We get our bread [e]at the risk of our lives
Because of the sword in the wilderness.
10 Our skin has become as hot as an oven,
Because of the ravages of hunger.
11 They violated the women in Zion,
The virgins in the cities of Judah.
12 Leaders were hung by their hands;
[f]Elders were not respected.
13 Young men [g]worked at the grinding mill,
And youths staggered under loads of wood.
14 Elders are absent from the gate,
Young men from their music.
15 The joy of our hearts has ended;
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,
Jackals prowl in it.

19 You, Lord, [h]rule forever;
Your throne is from generation to generation.
20 Why will You forget us forever?
Why do You abandon us for [i]so long?
21 Restore us to You, Lord, so that we may be restored;
Renew our days as of old,
22 Unless You have utterly rejected us
And are exceedingly angry with us.


  1. Lamentations 5:4 Lit We drink our water with silver
  2. Lamentations 5:5 Lit We have been pursued upon
  3. Lamentations 5:6 Lit given Egypt a hand
  4. Lamentations 5:6 Lit to be satisfied with
  5. Lamentations 5:9 Lit with our soul
  6. Lamentations 5:12 Lit The faces of elders
  7. Lamentations 5:13 Lit carried the
  8. Lamentations 5:19 Lit sit
  9. Lamentations 5:20 Lit length of days