Restore Us to Yourself, O Lord
Remember, a O LORD, what has come upon us;
Look, and behold b our reproach!
c Our inheritance has been turned over to aliens,
And our houses to foreigners.
We have become orphans and waifs,
Our mothers are like d widows.
We pay for the water we drink,
And our wood comes at a price.
e They pursue at our heels;
We labor and have no rest.
f We have given our hand g to the Egyptians
And the h Assyrians, to be satisfied with bread.
i Our fathers sinned and are no more,
But we bear their iniquities.
Servants rule over us;
There is none to deliver us from their hand.
We get our bread at the risk of our lives,
Because of the sword in the wilderness.
Our skin is hot as an oven,
Because of the fever of famine.
They j ravished the women in Zion,
The maidens in the cities of Judah.
Princes were hung up by their hands,
And elders were not respected.
Young men k ground at the millstones;
Boys staggered under loads of wood.
The elders have ceased gathering at the gate,
And the young men from their l music.
The joy of our heart has ceased;
Our dance has turned into m mourning.
n The crown has fallen from our head.
Woe to us, for we have sinned!
Because of this our heart is faint;
o Because of these things our eyes grow dim;
Because of Mount Zion which is p desolate,
With foxes walking about on it.
You, O LORD, q remain forever;
r Your throne from generation to generation.
s Why do You forget us forever,
And forsake us for so long a time?
t Turn us back to You, O LORD, and we will be restored;
Renew our days as of old,
Unless You have utterly rejected us,
And are very angry with us!
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
Remember, Lord, the reproach of Your servants - How I bear in my bosom the reproach of all the many peoples.
We have become a reproach to our neighbors, A scorn and derision to those who are around us.
All who pass by clap their hands at you; They hiss and shake their heads At the daughter of Jerusalem: " Is this the city that is called 'The perfection of beauty, The joy of the whole earth'?
O GOD, the nations have come into Your inheritance; Your holy temple they have defiled; They have laid Jerusalem in heaps.
And My wrath will become hot, and I will kill you with the sword; your wives shall be widows, and your children fatherless.
Their widows will be increased to Me more than the sand of the seas; I will bring against them, Against the mother of the young men, A plunderer at noonday; I will cause anguish and terror to fall on them suddenly.
Therefore deliver up their children to the famine, And pour out their blood By the force of the sword; Let their wives become widows And bereaved of their children. Let their men be put to death, Their young men be slain By the sword in battle.
Therefore you shall serve your enemies, whom the LORD will send against you, in hunger, in thirst, in nakedness, and in need of everything; and He will put a yoke of iron on your neck until He has destroyed you.
'For thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: "I have put a yoke of iron on the neck of all these nations, that they may serve Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon; and they shall serve him. I have given him the beasts of the field also." '"
So Abraham said to the oldest servant of his house, who ruled over all that he had, "Please, put your hand under my thigh.
They shall not dwell in the LORD's land, But Ephraim shall return to Egypt, And shall eat unclean things in Assyria.
Ephraim feeds on the wind, And pursues the east wind; He daily increases lies and desolation. Also they make a covenant with the Assyrians, And oil is carried to Egypt.
And now why take the road to Egypt, To drink the waters of Sihor? Or why take the road to Assyria, To drink the waters of the River?
When Ephraim saw his sickness, And Judah saw his wound, Then Ephraim went to Assyria And sent to King Jareb; Yet he cannot cure you, Nor heal you of your wound.
"In those days they shall say no more: 'The fathers have eaten sour grapes, And the children's teeth are set on edge.'
Their children also will be dashed to pieces before their eyes; Their houses will be plundered And their wives ravished.
For I will gather all the nations to battle against Jerusalem; The city shall be taken, The houses rifled, And the women ravished. Half of the city shall go into captivity, But the remnant of the people shall not be cut off from the city.
Then the Philistines took him and put out his eyes, and brought him down to Gaza. They bound him with bronze fetters, and he became a grinder in the prison.
The mirth of the tambourine ceases, The noise of the jubilant ends, The joy of the harp ceases.
Then I will cause to cease from the cities of Judah and from the streets of Jerusalem the voice of mirth and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride. For the land shall be desolate.
Moreover I will take from them the voice of mirth and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride, the sound of the millstones and the light of the lamp.
I will turn your feasts into mourning, And all your songs into lamentation; I will bring sackcloth on every waist, And baldness on every head; I will make it like mourning for an only son, And its end like a bitter day.
He has stripped me of my glory, And taken the crown from my head.
You have renounced the covenant of Your servant; You have profaned his crown by casting it to the ground.
Say to the king and to the queen mother, "Humble yourselves; Sit down, For your rule shall collapse, the crown of your glory.
My eye wastes away because of grief; It grows old because of all my enemies.
Yet the fortified city will be desolate, The habitation forsaken and left like a wilderness; There the calf will feed, and there it will lie down And consume its branches.
But the LORD shall endure forever; He has prepared His throne for judgment.
Are You not from everlasting, O LORD my God, my Holy One? We shall not die. O LORD, You have appointed them for judgment; O Rock, You have marked them for correction.
Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
How long, O LORD? Will You forget me forever? How long will You hide Your face from me?
Why do You hide Your face, And forget our affliction and our oppression?
Restore us, O God; Cause Your face to shine, And we shall be saved!
Restore us, O God of hosts; Cause Your face to shine, And we shall be saved!
Restore us, O LORD God of hosts; Cause Your face to shine, And we shall be saved!
I have surely heard Ephraim bemoaning himself: 'You have chastised me, and I was chastised, Like an untrained bull; Restore me, and I will return, For You are the LORD my God.