Lamentations 52 Our inheritance has fallen over to strangers, our houses to foreigners. 3 We have become orphans and fatherless; our mothers are like widows. 4 We have had to pay money to drink the water that belongs to us; our wood is sold to us. 5 Our pursuers are upon our necks ; we are weary and are allowed no rest. 6 We have given the hand to the Egyptians and to the Assyrians to get food to satisfy . 7 Our fathers sinned and are no more, and Fathers and sons alike are responsible for the calamity that has befallen Jerusalem. The truth of the matter is: this generation too deserved their punishment. ``Woe to us, for we have sinned! Because of this our hearts are faint and sick; because of these things our eyes are dim and see darkly" (Lam. 5:16, 17).we have borne their iniquities. 8 Servants and slaves rule over us; there is none to deliver us out of their hands. 9 We get our bread at the peril of our lives because of the sword of the wilderness . 10 Our skin glows and is parched as from an oven because of the burning heat of famine. 11 They ravished the women in Zion, the virgins in the cities of Judah. 12 They hung princes by their hands; the persons of elders were not respected. 13 Young men carried millstones, and boys fell under wood. 14 The elders have ceased from the city's gate, the young men from their music. 15 Ceased is the joy of our hearts; our dancing has turned into mourning. 16 The crown has fallen from our head ! Woe to us, for we have sinned! 17 Because of this our hearts are faint and sick; because of these things our eyes are dim and see darkly. 18 As for Mount Zion, which lies desolate, the jackals prowl over it! 19 But You, O Lord, remain and reign forever; Your throne endures from generation to generations. 20 Why do You forget us forever? Why do You forsake us so long? 21 Turn us to Yourself, O Lord, and we shall be turned and restored! Renew our days as of old!-- 22 Or have You utterly rejected us? ``The Book of Lamentations, like so many of even the saddest of the psalms, does in fact end with the language of hope, a hope that is so little apparent on the first reading of the conclusion to Lamentations that in many Hebrew manuscripts the words of Lam. 5:21 are repeated at the end, right after Lam. 5:22, so that its words of hope and restoration rather than the somber ending of ``Or are You exceedingly angry with us ?" may be the last to fall upon the ear. A similar expedient is used in the case of Ecclesiastes, Isaiah, and Malachi" (The Cambridge Bible). See also footnote on Jer. 52:34.Or are You exceedingly angry with us ?
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