A Prayer for Mercy
1 Remember, O LORD, what has befallen us;
Look, and see our reproach! R272
2 Our inheritance has been turned over to strangers, R273
Our houses R274 to aliens.
3 We have become orphans without R275 a father,
Our mothers are like widows.
4 We F79 have to pay for our drinking water, R276
Our wood comes to us at a price.
5 Our F80 pursuers are at our necks;
We are worn out, there is no R277 rest for us.
6 We have submitted F81 to Egypt R278 and Assyria to F82 get enough bread.
7 Our fathers R279 sinned, and are no more;
It is we who have borne their iniquities.
8 Slaves R280 rule over us;
There is no R281 one to deliver us from their hand.
9 We get our bread at F83 the risk R282 of our lives
Because F84 of the sword in the wilderness.
10 Our skin has become as hot R283 as an oven,
Because of the F85 burning heat of famine.
11 They ravished the women R284 in Zion,
The virgins in the cities of Judah.
12 Princes were hung by their hands;
Elders R285 F86 were not respected.
13 Young men worked R286 F87 at the grinding mill,
And youths stumbled R287 under loads of wood.
14 Elders are F88 gone from the gate,
Young men from their music. R288
15 The joy of our hearts has ceased; R289
Our dancing has been turned into mourning.
16 The crown R290 has fallen from our head;
Woe R291 to us, for we have sinned!
17 Because of this our heart R292 is faint,
Because of these things our eyes R293 are dim;
18 Because of Mount R294 Zion which lies desolate,
Foxes R295 prowl in it.
19 You, R296 O LORD, rule F89 forever;
Your throne R297 is from generation to generation.
20 Why do You forget R298 us forever?
Why do You forsake us so F90 long?
21 Restore R299 us to You, O LORD, that we may be restored;
Renew our R300 days as of old,
22 Unless You R301 have utterly rejected us
And are exceedingly angry R302 with us.
F79: Lit We drink our water for silver
F80: Lit We have been pursued upon
F81: Lit given the hand to
F82: Lit to be satisfied with
F83: Lit with our soul
F84: Or In the face of
F85: Or the ravages of hunger
F86: Lit The faces of elders
F87: Lit carry
F88: Lit have ceased
F89: Lit sit
F90: Lit to length of days
R272: Psalms 44:13-16
R273: Isaiah 1:7; Hosea 8:7,8
R274: Zephaniah 1:13
R275: Exodus 22:24; Jeremiah 15:8; 18:21
R276: Isaiah 3:1
R277: Nehemiah 9:36,37
R278: Hosea 9:3; 12:1
R279: Jeremiah 14:20; 16:12
R280: Nehemiah 5:15
R281: Psalms 7:2; Zechariah 11:6
R282: Jeremiah 40:9-12
R283: Job 1:30:30; Lamentations 4:8
R284: Isaiah 13:16; Zechariah 14:2
R285: Isaiah 47:6; Lamentations 4:16
R286: Judges 16:21
R287: Jeremiah 7:18
R288: Isaiah 24:8; Jeremiah 7:34
R289: Jeremiah 25:10; Amos 8:10
R290: Job 1:19:9; Psalms 89:39; Jeremiah 13:18
R291: Isaiah 3:9-11
R292: Isaiah 1:5
R293: Job 1:17:7; Lamentations 2:11
R294: Micah 3:12
R295: Nehemiah 4:3
R296: Psalms 102:12,25-27
R297: Psalms 45:6
R298: Psalms 13:1; 44:24
R299: Psalms 80:3; Jeremiah 31:18
R300: Isaiah 60:20-22
R301: Psalms 60:1,2; Jeremiah 7:29
R302: Isaiah 64:9