1 Remember, O LORD, what has been to us; look down and see our shame.
2 Our inheritance has turned to aliens, our houses to foreigners.
3 We are orphans and fatherless; our mothers [are] as widows.
4 We have drunk our water for silver; our wood comes for a price.
5 We [are] pursued on our necks; we grow weary; rest is not given to us.
6 We have given the hand [to] Egypt, to Assyria, to be satisfied with bread.
7 Our fathers have sinned [and are] not; we have borne their iniquities.
8 Servants rule over us; [there is] no rescuer out of their hand.
9 We bring in our bread with our souls, because of the sword of the wilderness.
10 Our skin [is] hot like an oven because of the fever heat of famine.
11 They raped the women in Zion, virgins in the cities of Judah.
12 Rulers were hanged by the hand; the faces of elders were not honored.
13 They took the young men [to] grind, and the youths stumbled at the wood.
14 The elders have ceased from the gate, the young men from their music.
15 The joy of our heart has ceased; our dance has turned into mourning.
16 The crown has fallen [from] our head. Woe now to us! For we have sinned.
17 Our heart is faint for this; our eyes are dim for these [things].
18 On the mountain of Zion [is] laid waste, the foxes walk on it.
19 You, O LORD, remain forever; Your throne to generation and generation.
20 Why do You forget us forever [and] forsake us the length of days?
21 Return us to You, O LORD, and we will turn; renew our days as of old,
22 unless You have utterly rejected us; You are very angry against us.