A Lament over the Destruction of Jerusalem
791 O God, the nations have come into your heritage; they have made your holy Temple unclean; they have made Jerusalem a mass of broken walls. 2 They have given the bodies of your servants as food to the birds of the air, and the flesh of your saints to the beasts of the earth. 3 Their blood has been flowing like water round about Jerusalem; there was no one to put them in their last resting-place. 4 We are looked down on by our neighbours, we are laughed at and made sport of by those who are round us. 5 How long, O Lord? will you be angry for ever? will your wrath go on burning like fire?
6 Let your wrath be on the nations who have no knowledge of you, and on the kingdoms who have not made prayer to your name. 7 For they have taken Jacob for their meat, and made waste his house. 8 Do not keep in mind against us the sins of our fathers; let your mercy come to us quickly, for we have been made very low. 9 Give us help, O God of our salvation, for the glory of your name; take us out of danger and give us forgiveness for our sins, because of your name. 10 Why may the nations say, Where is their God? Let payment for the blood of your servants be made openly among the nations before our eyes. 11 Let the cry of the prisoner come before you; with your strong arm make free the children of death; 12 And give punishment seven times over into the breast of our neighbours for the bitter words which they have said against you, O Lord. 13 So we your people, and the sheep of your flock, will give you glory for ever: we will go on praising you through all generations.
A Prayer for Restoration
801 Give ear, O Keeper of Israel, guiding Joseph like a flock; you who have your seat on the winged ones, let your glory be seen. 2 Before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh, let your strength be awake from sleep, and come as our salvation. 3 Take us back again, O God; let us see the shining of your face, and let us be safe. 4 O Lord God of armies, how long will your wrath be burning against the rest of your people? 5 You have given them the bread of weeping for food; for their drink you have given them sorrow in great measure. 6 You make us a cause of war among our neighbours; our haters are laughing at us among themselves. 7 Take us back again, O God of armies; let us see the shining of your face, and let us be safe.
8 You took a vine out of Egypt: driving out the nations, and planting it in their land. 9 You made ready a place for it, so that it might take deep root, and it sent out its branches over all the land. 10 The mountains were covered with its shade, and the great trees with its branches. 11 It sent out its arms to the Sea, and its branches to the River. 12 Why are its walls broken down by your hands, so that all who go by may take its fruit? 13 It is uprooted by the pigs from the woods, the beasts of the field get their food from it. 14 Come back, O God of armies: from heaven let your eyes be turned to this vine, and give your mind to it, 15 Even to the tree which was planted by your right hand, and to the branch which you made strong for yourself. 16 It is burned with fire; it is cut down: they are made waste by the wrath of your face. 17 Let your hand be on the man of your right hand, on the son of man whom you made strong for yourself. 18 So will we not be turned back from you; keep us in life, and we will give praise to your name. 19 Take us back, O Lord God of armies; let us see the shining of your face, and let us be safe.