The Editors’ Quote of the Day:

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

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

We are orphans and fatherless, our mothers are as widows.

We have drunken our water for money; our wood is sold unto us.

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

We have given the hand to the Egyptians, and to the Assyrians, to be satisfied with bread.

Our fathers have sinned, and are not; and we have borne their iniquities.

Servants have ruled over us: there is none that doth deliver us out of their hand.

We gat our bread with the peril of our lives because of the sword of the wilderness.

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

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

Princes are hanged up by their hand: the faces of elders were not honoured.

 They took the young men to grind, and the children fell under the wood.

The elders have ceased from the gate, the young men from their musick.

The joy of our heart is ceased; our dance is turned into mourning.

The crown is fallen from our head: woe unto us, that we have sinned!

For this our heart is faint; for these things our eyes are dim.

Because of the mountain of Zion, which is desolate, the foxes walk upon it.

Thou, O Lord, remainest for ever; thy throne from generation to generation.

Wherefore dost thou forget us for ever, and forsake us so long time?

Turn thou us unto thee, O Lord, and we shall be turned; renew our days as of old.

But thou hast utterly rejected us; thou art very wroth against us.” – Lamentations 5 (KJV)

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  1. 1 Remember, Lord, what happened to us. Look and see our disgrace.

    2 Our inheritance has been turned over to strangers, our houses to foreigners.
    3 We have become orphans without a father. Our mothers are widows.
    4 We pay money to drink our own water. We must buy firewood for a price.
    5 Our pursuers are at our throat. We are exhausted. We are given no rest.
    6 We have made a deal with Egypt and Assyria to have enough bread.
    7 Our fathers sinned. They are no more, and we have borne their guilt.
    8 Slaves rule over us. No one rescues us from their hand.
    9 We get bread at the risk of our life because of the sword in the wilderness.
    10 Our skin is as hot as an oven because of fever from hunger.
    11 Women in Zion have been violated, virgins in the cities of Judah.
    12 Officials have been hung up by their hands. The dignity of elders has not been respected.
    13 The best young men must grind grain, and boys stumble under loads of wood.[b]
    14 Elders are no longer seated in the city gate. The best young men no longer play music.
    15 The joy of our hearts has ceased. Our dancing has turned into mourning.
    16 The crown has fallen off our head. Woe to us, because we have sinned!
    17 Our heart is sick over this. Over these things our eyes have grown dim—
    18 over Mount Zion, which is devastated, so that jackals prowl on it.
    19 You, Lord, remain forever. Your throne remains for generation after generation.
    20 Why do you forget us completely? Why do you abandon us for so long?
    21 Lord, turn us back to you, and we will return. Renew our days like long ago,
    22 unless you have completely rejected us and you will be angry at us without limit.[c] – Lamentations 5 (EHV)

    [a] Lamentations 5:1 This is the only chapter in the book that is not an alphabetic acrostic, but its 22 verses echo the length of the alphabetic acrostic. The literary touches that were added by the acrostic form fade away as the poet is exhausted by grief.
    [b] Lamentations 5:13 The meaning of this verse is uncertain.
    [c] Lamentations 5:22 Or forever

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