Lamentations 3

1I am the man who has seen affliction by the rod of his wrath. 2He has led me and caused me to walk in darkness, and not in light. 3Surely he turns his hand against me, again and again all the day. 4He has made my flesh and my skin old. He has broken my bones. 5He has built against me, and encompassed me with gall and travail. 6He has made me to dwell in dark places, as those who have long been dead. 7He has walled me around, that I cannot go forth. He has made my chain heavy. 8Yea, when I cry, and call for help, he shuts out my prayer. 9He has walled up my ways with hewn stone. He has made my paths crooked. 10He is to me as a bear lying in wait, as a lion in concealed places. 11He has turned aside my ways, and pulled me in pieces. He has made me desolate. 12He has bent his bow, and set me as a mark for the arrow. 13He has caused the shafts of his quiver to enter into my reins. 14I have become a derision to all my people, and their song all the day. 15He has filled me with bitterness. He has sated me with wormwood. 16He has also broken my teeth with gravel stones. He has covered me with ashes. 17And thou have removed my soul far off from peace. I forgot prosperity. 18And I said, My strength is perished, and my expectation from Jehovah. 19Remember my affliction and my misery, the wormwood and the gall. 20My soul still has them in remembrance, and is bowed down within me. 21This I recall to my mind, therefore I have hope: 22It is of Jehovah's loving kindnesses that we are not consumed, because his compassions do not fail. 23They are new every morning. Great is thy faithfulness. 24Jehovah is my portion, says my soul, therefore I will hope in him. 25Jehovah is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. 26It is good that a man should hope and quietly wait for the salvation of Jehovah. 27It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth. 28Let him sit alone and keep silence, because he has laid it upon him. 29Let him put his mouth in the dust, if so be there may be hope. 30Let him give his cheek to him who smites him. Let him be filled full with reproach. 31For the Lord will not cast off forever. 32For though he causes grief, yet he will have compassion according to the multitude of his loving kindnesses. 33For he does not afflict willingly, nor grieve the sons of men. 34To crush under foot all the prisoners of the earth, 35to turn aside the right of a man before the face of the Most High, 36to subvert a man in his cause, the Lord does not approve. 37Who is he that says, and it comes to pass, when the Lord does not command it? 38Out of the mouth of the Most High does there not come evil and good? 39Why does a living man complain, a man for the punishment of his sins? 40Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to Jehovah. 41Let us lift up our heart with our hands to God in the heavens. 42We have transgressed and have rebelled. Thou have not pardoned. 43Thou have covered with anger and pursued us. Thou have slain; thou have not pitied. 44Thou have covered thyself with a cloud, so that no prayer can pass through. 45Thou have made us an off-scouring and refuse in the midst of the peoples. 46All our enemies have opened their mouth wide against us. 47Fear and the pit have come upon us, devastation and destruction. 48My eye runs down with streams of water, for the destruction of the daughter of my people. 49My eye pours down, and does not cease, without any intermission, 50till Jehovah looks down, and beholds from heaven. 51My eye stirs my soul, because of all the daughters of my city. 52They have chased me grievously like a bird, those who are my enemies without cause. 53They have cut off my life in the dungeon, and have cast a stone upon me. 54Waters flowed over my head. I said, I am cut off. 55I called upon thy name, O Jehovah, out of the lowest dungeon. 56Thou heard my voice. Hide not thine ear at my breathing, at my cry. 57Thou drew near in the day that I called upon thee. Thou said, Fear not. 58O Lord, thou have pleaded the causes of my soul. Thou have redeemed my life. 59O Jehovah, thou have seen my wrong. Judge thou my cause. 60Thou have seen all their vengeance and all their devices against me. 61Thou have heard their reproach, O Jehovah, and all their devices against me, 62the lips of those who rose up against me, and their device against me all the day. 63Behold thou their sitting down, and their rising up. I am their song. 64Thou will render to them a recompense, O Jehovah, according to the work of their hands. 65Thou will give them hardness of heart, thy curse to them. 66Thou will pursue them in anger, and destroy them from under the heavens of Jehovah.
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