Lamentations 3

Great Is Your Faithfulness

1 aI am the man who has seen affliction
under the brod of his wrath;
2he has driven and brought me
cinto darkness without any light;
3surely against me he turns his hand
again and again the whole day long.
4 He has made my flesh and my skin waste away;
dhe has broken my bones;
5 ehe has besieged and enveloped me
with fbitterness and tribulation;
6 ghe has made me dwell in darkness
like the dead of long ago.
7 hHe has walled me about so that iI cannot escape;
he has made my chains heavy;
8though jI call and cry for help,
he shuts out my prayer;
9 khe has blocked my ways with blocks of stones;
he has made my paths crooked.
10 lHe is a bear lying in wait for me,
a lion in hiding;
11 mhe turned aside my steps and ntore me to pieces;
ohe has made me desolate;
12 phe bent his bow qand set me
as a target for his arrow.
13 He drove into my kidneys
rthe arrows of his quiver;
14 sI have become the laughingstock of all peoples,
tthe object of their taunts all day long.
15 uHe has filled me with bitterness;
he has sated me with vwormwood.
16 wHe has made my teeth grind on gravel,
and xmade me cower in ashes;
17my soul is bereft of peace;
I have forgotten what happiness
Hebrew good
is;
18 zso I say, “My endurance has perished;
so has my hope from the  Lord.”
19 aaRemember my affliction and my wanderings,
abthe wormwood and acthe gall!
20My soul continually remembers it
adand is bowed down within me.
21But this I call to mind,
and aetherefore I have hope:
22 afThe steadfast love of the  Lord never ceases;
Syriac, Targum; Hebrew Because of the steadfast love of the  Lord, we are not cut off

ahhis mercies never come to an end;
23they are new aievery morning;
ajgreat is your faithfulness.
24 ak“The  Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
altherefore I will hope in him.”
25 The  Lord is good to those who amwait for him,
to the soul who seeks him.
26 anIt is good that one should wait quietly
for the salvation of the  Lord.
27 aoIt is good for a man that he bear
the yoke apin his youth.
28 Let him aqsit alone in silence
when it is laid on him;
29 arlet him put his mouth in the dust
there may yet be hope;
30 aslet him give his cheek to the one who strikes,
and let him be filled with insults.
31 atFor the Lord will not
cast off forever,
32but, though he aucause grief avhe will have compassion
awaccording to the abundance of his steadfast love;
33 axfor he does not afflict from his heart
or aygrieve the children of men.
34 To crush underfoot
all azthe prisoners of the earth,
35 bato deny a man justice
in the presence of the Most High,
36to subvert a man in his lawsuit,
bbthe Lord does not approve.
37 bcWho has spoken and it came to pass,
unless the Lord has commanded it?
38 bdIs it not from the mouth of the Most High
that good and bad come?
39 beWhy should a living man complain,
a man, about the punishment of his sins?
40 Let us test and examine our ways,
bfand return to the  Lord!
41 bgLet us lift up our hearts and hands
to God in heaven:
42 bhWe have transgressed and birebelled,
and you have not forgiven.
43 “You have wrapped yourself with anger and pursued us,
bjkilling without pity;
44 bkyou have wrapped yourself with a cloud
so that no prayer can pass through.
45 blYou have made us scum and garbage
among the peoples.
46 bmAll our enemies
open their mouths against us;
47 bnpanic and pitfall have come upon us,
devastation and bodestruction;
48 bpmy eyes flow with rivers of tears
because of the destruction of the daughter of my people.
49 bq“My eyes will flow without ceasing,
without respite,
50 bruntil the  Lord from heaven
looks down and sees;
51my eyes cause me grief
at the fate of all the daughters of my city.
52 bs“I have been hunted btlike a bird
by those who were my enemies buwithout cause;
53 bvthey flung me alive into the pit
bwand cast stones on me;
54 bxwater closed over my head;
I said by‘I am lost.’
55 bz“I called on your name, O  Lord,
from the depths of the pit;
56 cayou heard my plea, ‘Do not close
your ear to my cry for help!’
57 cbYou came near when I called on you;
you said cc‘Do not fear!’
58 “You have cdtaken up my cause, ceO Lord;
you have cfredeemed my life.
59You have seen the wrong done to me cgO  Lord;
judge my cause.
60You have seen all their vengeance,
all chtheir plots against me.
61 ci“You have heard their taunts, O  Lord,
all cjtheir plots against me.
62The lips and thoughts ckof my assailants
are against me all the day long.
63 clBehold their sitting and their rising;
cmI am the object of their taunts.
64 cn“You will repay them,
Or Repay them
O  Lord,
cpaccording to the work of their hands.
65You will give them
Or Give them
dullness of heart;
your curse will be
Or place your curse
on them.
66You will pursue them
Or Pursue them
in anger and ctdestroy them
from under cuyour heavens, O  Lord.”
Syriac (compare Septuagint, Vulgate); Hebrew the heavens of the  Lord

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