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The Catholic Study Bible A special version of the New American Bible, with a wealth of background information useful to Catholics.

Chapter 5

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The Prophet's Lament and Supplication

1Remember, O LORD, what has befallen us, look, and see our disgrace: 2Our inherited lands have been turned over to strangers, our homes to foreigners. v Ps 79, 1 . 3We have become orphans, fatherless; widowed are our mothers. 4The water we drink we must buy, for our own wood we must pay. 5On our necks is the yoke of those who drive us; we are worn out, but allowed no rest.

6To Egypt we submitted, and to Assyria, to fill our need of bread.* 7Our fathers,* who sinned, are no more; but we bear their guilt. 8Slaves rule over us; there is no one to rescue us from their hands.* 9At the peril of our lives we bring in our sustenance, in the face of the desert heat; w Jer 6, 25 . 10Our skin is shriveled up, as though by a furnace, with the searing blasts of famine. x Lam 4, 8 .

11The wives in Zion were ravished by the enemy, the maidens in the cities of Judah; y Zec 14, 2 . 12Princes were gibbeted by them, elders shown no respect. z Lam 4, 16 . 13The youths carry the millstones, boys stagger under their loads of wood; 14The old men have abandoned the gate,* the young men their music.

15The joy of our hearts has ceased, our dance has turned into mourning; a Jer 16, 9; 25, 10; Am 8, 10 . 16The garlands have fallen from our heads: woe to us, for we have sinned! 17Over this our hearts are sick, at this our eyes grow dim: 18That Mount Zion should be desolate, with jackals roaming there!

19You, O LORD, are enthroned forever; your throne stands from age to age. b Pss 9, 8; 45, 7; 102, 13. 27 . 20Why, then, should you forget us, abandon us so long a time? c Pss 13, 1; 42, 10 . 21Lead us back to you, O LORD, that we may be restored: give us anew such days as we had of old. d Ps 80, 19f . 22For now you have indeed rejected us, and in full measure turned your wrath against us. e Jer 14, 19 .

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