1 Remember, O LORD, what is come upon us: consider, and behold our reproach.
1 LORD, remember what has happened to us. Pay attention, and look at our shame!
1 O Lord, remember what has come upon us;Look, and see our reproach (national disgrace)!
2 Our inheritance is turned to strangers, our houses to aliens.
2 Our inheritance has been turned over to strangers,our houses to foreigners.
2 Our inheritance has been turned over to strangers, and our homes to foreigners.
2 Our inheritance has been turned over to strangers,Our houses to foreigners.
3 We are orphans and fatherless, our mothers are as widows.
3 We have become orphans, fatherless;our mothers are widows.
3 We are now orphans without fathers and our mothers are like widows.
3 We have become orphans without a father;Our mothers are like widows.
4 We have drunken our water for money; our wood is sold unto us.
4 We must pay for the water we drink;our wood comes at a price.
4 We pay to drink our own water, and our own wood is sold to us at high price.
4 We have to pay for our drinking water;Our wood comes to us at a price.
5 Our necks are under persecution: we labour, and have no rest.
5 We are closely pursued;we are tired, and no one offers us rest.
5 Our pursuers breathe down our necks; we are weary, but there is no rest for us.
5 Our pursuers are at our necks;We are worn out, there is no rest for us.
6 We have given the hand to the Egyptians, and to the Assyrians, to be satisfied with bread.
6 We made a deal with the Egyptians and the Assyrians for the price of food.
6 We have given the hand [as a pledge of fidelity and submission] to Egypt and Assyria to get enough bread.
7 Our fathers have sinned, and are not; and we have borne their iniquities.
7 Our fathers sinned; they no longer exist,but we bear their punishment.
7 Our ancestors sinned and no longer exist yet we continue to bear the consequences of their sin.
8 Servants have ruled over us: there is none that doth deliver us out of their hand.
8 Slaves rule over us, and no one delivers us from their control.
9 We gat our bread with the peril of our lives because of the sword of the wilderness.
9 We secure our food at the risk of our livesbecause of the sword in the wilderness.
9 We risk our lives to obtain our food, facing death in the desert.
9 We get our bread at the risk of our livesBecause of the sword [of the Arabs] in the wilderness [who may attack if we go out to harvest the crop].
10 Our skin was black like an oven because of the terrible famine.
10 Our skin blisters as from an oven, due to ravaging blasts of the famine.
10 Our skin is as hot as [the heat of] an ovenBecause of the burning heat of [the fever of] famine.
11 They ravished the women in Zion, and the maids in the cities of Judah.
11 Women are raped in Zion,girls in the cities of Judah.
11 They have raped women in Zion, young women in the towns of Judah.
11 They ravished the women in Zion,The virgins in the cities of Judah.
12 Princes are hanged up by their hand: the faces of elders were not honoured.
12 Princes they have hung by their hands; elders they have disrespected.
12 Princes were hung by their hands;Elders were not respected.
13 They took the young men to grind, and the children fell under the wood.
13 Our young men must grind grain with a millstone; our youths stumble under the weight of wood.
13 Young men worked at the grinding mill,And boys fell [staggering] under loads of wood.
14 The elders have ceased from the gate, the young men from their musick.
14 Our elders have ceased ruling at the gate; our young men have abandoned their music.
14 Elders are gone from the gate;Young men from their music.
15 The joy of our heart is ceased; our dance is turned into mourning.
15 The joy of our hearts has ceased, and our dancing has turned into dirges.
15 The joy of our hearts has ended;Our dancing has been turned into mourning.
16 The crown is fallen from our head: woe unto us, that we have sinned!
16 The crown has fallen from our head woe to us, because we have sinned!
16 The crown has fallen from our head [our honor is covered with dust]!Woe to us, for we have sinned!
17 For this our heart is faint; for these things our eyes are dim.
17 This is why our hearts faint, and why our eyes grow dim:
17 Because of this our heart is faint,Because of these things our eyes are dim.
18 Because of the mountain of Zion, which is desolate, the foxes walk upon it.
18 Because Mount Zion is desolate; foxes roam around it.
18 As for Mount Zion, which lies desolate,Foxes and the jackals prowl over it.
19 Thou, O LORD, remainest for ever; thy throne from generation to generation.
19 You, LORD, are forever your throne endures from generation to generation.
19 But You, O Lord, reign forever;Your throne endures from generation to [all] generations.
20 Wherefore dost thou forget us for ever, and forsake us so long time?
20 So why have you completely forgotten us, forsaking us for so long?
20 Why do You forget us forever?Why do You forsake us so long?
21 Turn thou us unto thee, O LORD, and we shall be turned; renew our days as of old.
21 Restore us to yourself, LORD, so that we may return. Renew our days as before,
21 Return us to You, O Lord, so that we may be restored;Renew our days as of old,
22 But thou hast utterly rejected us; thou art very wroth against us.
22 unless You have completely rejected usand are intensely angry with us.
22 unless you have utterly rejected us and are angry with us without limit.
22 Unless You have utterly rejected usAnd are exceedingly angry with us.
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