Old Testament

Lamentations 5
Remember, Lord[]
51Remember, Lord, what happened to us. Look and see our disgrace.
2Our inheritance has been turned over to strangers, our houses to foreigners.
3We have become orphans without a father. Our mothers are widows.
4We pay money to drink our own water. We must buy firewood for a price.
5Our pursuers are at our throat. We are exhausted. We are given no rest.
6We have made a deal with Egypt and Assyria to have enough bread.
7Our fathers sinned. They are no more, and we have borne their guilt.
8Slaves rule over us. No one rescues us from their hand.
9We get bread at the risk of our life because of the sword in the wilderness.
10Our skin is as hot as an oven because of fever from hunger.
11Women in Zion have been violated, virgins in the cities of Judah.
12Officials have been hung up by their hands. The dignity of elders has not been respected.
13The best young men must grind grain, and boys stumble under loads of wood.[]
14Elders are no longer seated in the city gate. The best young men no longer play music.
15The joy of our hearts has ceased. Our dancing has turned into mourning.
16The crown has fallen off our head. Woe to us, because we have sinned!
17Our heart is sick over this. Over these things our eyes have grown dim—
18over Mount Zion, which is devastated, so that jackals prowl on it.
19You, Lord, remain forever. Your throne remains for generation after generation.
20Why 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,
22unless you have completely rejected us and you will be angry at us without limit.[]


  • 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.
  • 5:13 The meaning of this verse is uncertain.
  • 5:22 Or forever