13-16 You made people on the street,
    urchins, poke fun and call us names.
You made us a joke among the godless,
    a cheap joke among the rabble.
Every day I’m up against it,
    my nose rubbed in my shame—
Gossip and ridicule fill the air,
    people out to get me crowd the street.

17-19 All this came down on us,
    and we’ve done nothing to deserve it.
We never betrayed your Covenant: our hearts
    were never false, our feet never left your path.
Do we deserve torture in a den of jackals?
    or lockup in a black hole?

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15 I live in disgrace(A) all day long,
    and my face is covered with shame(B)
16 at the taunts(C) of those who reproach and revile(D) me,
    because of the enemy, who is bent on revenge.(E)

17 All this came upon us,
    though we had not forgotten(F) you;
    we had not been false to your covenant.

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