Lamentations 3

Jeremiah Shares Israel’s Affliction

I am the man who has a seen affliction
Because of the rod of His wrath.
He has driven me and made me walk
In b darkness and not in light.
Surely against me He has c turned His hand
Repeatedly all the day.
He has caused my d flesh and my skin to waste away,
He has e broken my bones.
He has f besieged and encompassed me with g bitterness and hardship.
In h dark places He has made me dwell,
Like those who have long been dead.
He has i walled me in so that I cannot go out;
He has made my
Lit bronze piece
,
k chain heavy.
Even when I cry out and call for help,
He l shuts out my prayer.
He has m blocked my ways with hewn stone;
He has made my paths crooked.
10 He is to me like a bear lying in wait,
Like a lion in secret places.
11 He has turned aside my ways and n torn me to pieces;
He has made me desolate.
12 He o bent His bow
And p set me as a target for the arrow.
13 He made the
Lit sons
arrows of His r quiver
To enter into my
Lit kidneys
inward parts.
14 I have become a t laughingstock to all my people,
Their mocking u song all the day.
15 He has v filled me with bitterness,
He has made me drunk with wormwood.
16 He has w broken my teeth with x gravel;
He has made me cower in the y dust.
17 My soul has been rejected z from peace;
I have forgotten
Lit good
happiness.
18 So I say, “My strength has perished,
And so has my ab hope from the  Lord.”

Hope of Relief in God’s Mercy

19 Remember my affliction and my
Or bitterness
wandering, the ad wormwood and bitterness.
20 Surely ae my soul remembers
And is af bowed down within me.
21 This I recall to my mind,
Therefore I have ag hope.
22 The  Lord’s ah lovingkindnesses
Or that we are not consumed
indeed never cease,
aj For His compassions never fail.
23  They are new ak every morning;
Great is al Your faithfulness.
24 “The  Lord is my am portion,” says my soul,
Therefore I an have hope in Him.”
25 The  Lord is good to those who ao wait for Him,
To the
Lit soul
person who aq seeks Him.
26  It is good that he ar waits silently
For the salvation of the  Lord.
27  It is good for a man that he should bear
The yoke in his youth.
28 Let him as sit alone and be silent
Since He has laid it on him.
29 Let him
Lit give
put his mouth in the au dust,
Perhaps there is av hope.
30 Let him give his aw cheek to
Lit his
the smiter,
Let him be filled with reproach.
31 For the Lord will ay not reject forever,
32 For if He causes grief,
Then He will have az compassion
According to His abundant lovingkindness.
33 For He ba does not afflict
Lit from His heart
willingly
Or grieve the sons of men.
34 To crush under His feet
All the prisoners of the
Or earth
land,
35 To
Or turn aside a man’s case
deprive a man of be justice
In the presence of the Most High,
36 To
Lit make crooked
,
bg defraud a man in his lawsuit
Of these things the Lord does not
Lit see
approve.
37 Who is
Lit this
there who speaks and it bj comes to pass,
Unless the Lord has commanded it?
38  Is it not from the mouth of the Most High
That
Lit the evil things and the good
,
bl both good and ill go forth?

39 Why should any living
Or human being
mortal, or any man,
Offer bn complaint
Or on the basis of
in view of his sins?
40 Let us bp examine and probe our ways,
And let us return to the  Lord.
41 We bq lift up our heart
Lit toward our
and hands
Toward God in heaven;
42 We have bs transgressed and rebelled,
You have bt not pardoned.
43 You have covered Yourself with bu anger
And bv pursued us;
You have slain and bw have not spared.
44 You have bx covered Yourself with a cloud
So that by no prayer can pass through.
45  You have made us mere bz offscouring and refuse
In the midst of the peoples.
46 All our enemies have ca opened their mouths against us.
47  cb Panic and pitfall have befallen us,
Devastation and destruction;
48 My
Lit eye brings
,
cd eyes run down with streams of water
Because of the destruction of the daughter of my people.
49 My eyes pour down ce unceasingly,
Without stopping,
50 Until the  Lord cf looks down
And sees from heaven.
51 My eyes bring pain to my soul
Because of all the daughters of my city.
52 My enemies cg without cause
Hunted me down ch like a bird;
53 They have silenced
Lit my life
me cj in the pit
And have
Or cast stones
,
cl placed a stone on me.
54 Waters flowed cm over my head;
I said, “I am cut off!”
55 I cn called on Your name, O  Lord,
Out of the lowest pit.
56 You have co heard my voice,
cp Do not hide Your ear from my prayer for relief,
From my cry for help.”
57 You cq drew near when I called on You;
You said cr Do not fear!”
58 O Lord, You cs have pleaded my soul’s cause;
You have ct redeemed my life.
59 O  Lord, You have cu seen my oppression;
cv Judge my case.
60 You have seen all their vengeance,
All their cw schemes against me.
61 You have heard their cx reproach, O  Lord,
All their schemes against me.
62 The cy lips of my assailants and their whispering
Are against me all day long.
63 Look on their cz sitting and their rising;
da I am their mocking song.
64 You will db recompense them, O  Lord,
According to the work of their hands.
65 You will give them
Or insolence
,
dd hardness of heart,
Your curse will be on them.
66 You will de pursue them in anger and destroy them
From under the df heavens of the  Lord!

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