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LAMENTATIONS · Chapter 3
3:1 I AM the man that has seen affliction by the rod of his wrath.
3:2 He has led me, and brought me into darkness, but not into light.
3:3 Surely against me is he turned; he turns his hand against me all the day.
3:4 My flesh and my skin has he made old; he has broken my bones.
3:5 He has built against me, and compassed me with gall and travail.
3:6 He has set me in dark places, as they that be dead of old.
3:7 He has hedged me about, that I cannot get out: he has made my chain heavy.
3:8 Also when I cry and shout, he shuts out my prayer.
3:9 He has enclosed my ways with hewn stone, he has made my paths crooked.
3:10 He was unto me as a bear lying in wait, and as a lion in secret places.
3:11 He has turned aside my ways, and pulled me in pieces: he has made me desolate.
3:12 He has bent his bow, and set me as a mark for the arrow.
3:13 He has caused the arrows of his quiver to enter into my reins.
3:14 I was a derision to all my people; and their song all the day.
3:15 He has filled me with bitterness, he has made me drunken with wormwood.
3:16 He has also broken my teeth with gravel stones, he has covered me with ashes.
3:17 And you have removed my soul far off from peace: I forgotten about prosperity.
3:18 And I said, My strength and my hope is perished from the LORD:
3:19 Remembering mine affliction and my misery, the wormwood and the gall.
3:20 My soul has them still in remembrance, and is humbled in me.
3:21 This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope.
3:22 It is of the LORD's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.
3:23 They are new every morning: great is your faithfulness.
3:24 The LORD is my portion, says my soul; therefore will I hope in him.
3:25 The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeks him.
3:26 It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD.
3:27 It is good for a man that he bear the yoke of his youth.
3:28 He sits alone and keeps silence, because he has borne it upon him.
3:29 He puts his mouth in the dust; if so be there may be hope.
3:30 He gives his cheek to him that strikes him: he is filled full with reproach.
3:31 For the LORD will not cast off for ever:
3:32 But though he cause grief, yet will he have compassion according to the multitude of his mercies.
3:33 For he does not afflict willingly nor grieve the children of men.
3:34 To crush under his feet all the prisoners of the earth.
3:35 To turn aside the right of a man before the face of the most High,
3:36 To subvert a man in his cause, the LORD approves not.
3:37 Who is he that says, and it comes to pass, when the Lord commands it not?
3:38 Out of the mouth of the most High proceeds not evil and good?
3:39 Wherefore does a living man complain, a man for the punishment of his sins?
3:40 Let us search and try our ways, and return to the LORD.
3:41 Let us lift up our heart with our hands unto God in the heavens.
3:42 We have transgressed and have rebelled: you have not pardoned.
3:43 You have covered with anger, and persecuted us: you have slain, you have not pitied.
3:44 You have covered yourself with a cloud, that our prayer should not pass through.
3:45 You have made us as the waste and refuse in the midst of the people.
3:46 All our enemies have opened their mouths against us.
3:47 Fear and a snare has come upon us, desolation and destruction.
3:48 Mine eye runs down with rivers of water for the destruction of the daughter of my people.
3:49 Mine eye trickes down, and ceases not, without any intermission.
3:50 Till the LORD look down, and behold from heaven.
3:51 Mine eye affects mine heart because of all the daughters of my city.
3:52 Mine enemies chased me sore, like a bird, without cause.
3:53 They have cut off my life in the dungeon, and cast a stone upon me.
3:54 Waters flowed over mine head; then I said, I am cut off.
3:55 I called upon your name, O LORD, out of the low dungeon.
3:56 You have heard my voice: hide not your ear at my breathing, at my cry.
3:57 You drew near in the day that I called upon you: you said, Fear not.
3:58 O LORD, you have pleaded the causes of my soul; you have redeemed my life.
3:59 O LORD, you have seen my wrong: judge you my cause.
3:60 You have seen all their vengeance and all their imaginations against me.
3:61 You have heard their reproach, O LORD, and all their imaginations against me;
3:62 The lips of those that rose up against me, and their device against me all the day.
3:63 Behold their sitting down, and their rising up; I am their music.
3:64 Render unto them a recompence, O LORD, according to the work of their hands.
3:65 Give them sorrow of heart, your curse unto them.
3:66 Persecute and destroy them in anger from under the heavens of the LORD.
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