Lamentations 3

Great Is Your Faithfulness

1 a  I am the man who has seen affliction
under the b  rod of his wrath;
2he has driven and brought me
c  into 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;
d  he has broken my bones;
5 e  he has besieged and enveloped me
with f  bitterness and tribulation;
6 g  he has made me dwell in darkness
like the dead of long ago.
7 h  He has walled me about so that i  I cannot escape;
he has made my chains heavy;
8though j  I call and cry for help,
he shuts out my prayer;
9 k  he has blocked my ways with blocks of stones;
he has made my paths crooked.
10 l  He is a bear lying in wait for me,
a lion in hiding;
11 m  he turned aside my steps and n  tore me to pieces;
o  he has made me desolate;
12 p  he bent his bow q  and set me
as a target for his arrow.
13 He drove into my kidneys
r  the arrows of his quiver;
14 s  I have become the laughingstock of all peoples,
t  the object of their taunts all day long.
15 u  He has filled me with bitterness;
he has sated me with v  wormwood.
16 w  He has made my teeth grind on gravel,
and x  made me cower in ashes;
17my soul is bereft of peace;
I have forgotten what happiness
Hebrew good
is;
18 z  so I say, “My endurance has perished;
so has my hope from the  Lord.”
19 aa  Remember my affliction and my wanderings,
ab  the wormwood and ac  the gall!
20My soul continually remembers it
ad  and is bowed down within me.
21But this I call to mind,
and ae  therefore I have hope:
22 af  The steadfast love of the  Lord never ceases;
Syriac, Targum; Hebrew Because of the steadfast love of the  Lord, we are not cut off

ah  his mercies never come to an end;
23they are new ai  every morning;
aj  great is your faithfulness.
24 ak  “The  Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
al  therefore I will hope in him.”
25 The  Lord is good to those who am  wait for him,
to the soul who seeks him.
26 an  It is good that one should wait quietly
for the salvation of the  Lord.
27 ao  It is good for a man that he bear
the yoke ap  in his youth.
28 Let him aq  sit alone in silence
when it is laid on him;
29 ar  let him put his mouth in the dust
there may yet be hope;
30 as  let him give his cheek to the one who strikes,
and let him be filled with insults.
31 at  For the Lord will not
cast off forever,
32but, though he au  cause grief av  he will have compassion
aw  according to the abundance of his steadfast love;
33 ax  for he does not afflict from his heart
or ay  grieve the children of men.
34 To crush underfoot
all az  the prisoners of the earth,
35 ba  to deny a man justice
in the presence of the Most High,
36to subvert a man in his lawsuit,
bb  the Lord does not approve.
37 bc  Who has spoken and it came to pass,
unless the Lord has commanded it?
38 bd  Is it not from the mouth of the Most High
that good and bad come?
39 be  Why should a living man complain,
a man, about the punishment of his sins?
40 Let us test and examine our ways,
bf  and return to the  Lord!
41 bg  Let us lift up our hearts and hands
to God in heaven:
42 bh  We have transgressed and bi  rebelled,
and you have not forgiven.
43 “You have wrapped yourself with anger and pursued us,
bj  killing without pity;
44 bk  you have wrapped yourself with a cloud
so that no prayer can pass through.
45 bl  You have made us scum and garbage
among the peoples.
46 bm  All our enemies
open their mouths against us;
47 bn  panic and pitfall have come upon us,
devastation and bo  destruction;
48 bp  my 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 br  until 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 bt  like a bird
by those who were my enemies bu  without cause;
53 bv  they flung me alive into the pit
bw  and cast stones on me;
54 bx  water 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 ca  you heard my plea, ‘Do not close
your ear to my cry for help!’
57 cb  You came near when I called on you;
you said cc  ‘Do not fear!’
58 “You have cd  taken up my cause, ce  O Lord;
you have cf  redeemed my life.
59You have seen the wrong done to me cg  O  Lord;
judge my cause.
60You have seen all their vengeance,
all ch  their plots against me.
61 ci  “You have heard their taunts, O  Lord,
all cj  their plots against me.
62The lips and thoughts ck  of my assailants
are against me all the day long.
63 cl  Behold their sitting and their rising;
cm  I am the object of their taunts.
64 cn  “You will repay them,
Or Repay them
O  Lord,
cp  according 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 ct  destroy them
from under cu  your heavens, O  Lord.”
Syriac (compare Septuagint, Vulgate); Hebrew the heavens of the  Lord

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