Lamentations 3

1I am the man that hath seen affliction by the rod of his wrath. 2He hath led me, and brought me into darkness, but not into light. 3Surely against me is he turned; he turneth his hand against me all the day. 4My flesh and my skin hath he made old; he hath broken my bones. 5He hath besieged me, and surrounded me with gall and travail. 6He hath set me in dark places, as they that are dead of old. 7He hath hedged me about, that I cannot get out: he hath made my chain heavy. 8Also when I cry and shout, he shutteth out my prayer. 9He hath inclosed my ways with hewn stone, he hath made my paths crooked. 10He was to me as a bear lying in wait, and as a lion in secret places. 11He hath turned aside my ways, and pulled me in pieces: he hath made me desolate. 12He hath bent his bow, and set me as a mark for the arrow. 13He hath caused the arrows of his quiver to enter into my reins.
arrows: Heb. sons
14I was a derision to all my people; and their song all the day. 15He hath filled me with bitterness, he hath made me drunk with wormwood.
bitterness: Heb. bitternesses
16He hath also broken my teeth with gravel stones, he hath covered me with ashes.
covered...: or, rolled me in the ashes
17And thou hast removed my soul far off from peace: I forgot prosperity.
prosperity: Heb. good
18And I said, My strength and my hope hath perished from the LORD: 19Remembering my affliction and my misery, the wormwood and the gall.
Remembering: or, Remember
20My soul hath them still in remembrance, and is humbled in me.
humbled: Heb. bowed

21This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope.
recall...: Heb. make to return to my heart
22It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. 23They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. 24The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him. 25The LORD is good to them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him. 26It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD. 27It is good for a man that he should bear the yoke in his youth. 28He sitteth alone and keepeth silence, because he hath borne it upon him. 29He putteth his mouth in the dust; if there may be hope. 30He giveth his cheek to him that smiteth him: he is filled full with reproach. 31For the Lord will not cast off for ever: 32But though he causeth grief, yet will he have compassion according to the multitude of his mercies. 33For he doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the children of men.
willingly: Heb. from his heart
34To crush under his feet all the prisoners of the earth, 35To turn aside the right of a man before the face of the most High,
the most High: or, a superior
36To subvert a man in his cause, the Lord approveth not.
approveth not: or, seeth not

37Who is he that saith, and it cometh to pass, when the Lord commandeth it not? 38Out of the mouth of the most High proceedeth not evil and good? 39Why doth a living man complain, a man for the punishment of his sins?
complain: or, murmur
40Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the LORD. 41Let us lift up our heart with our hands to God in the heavens.

42We have transgressed and have rebelled: thou hast not pardoned. 43Thou hast covered with anger, and persecuted us: thou hast slain, thou hast not pitied. 44Thou hast covered thyself with a cloud, that our prayer should not pass through. 45Thou hast made us as the offscouring and refuse in the midst of the people. 46All our enemies have opened their mouths against us. 47Fear and a snare is come upon us, desolation and destruction. 48My eye runneth down with rivers of water for the destruction of the daughter of my people. 49My eye trickleth down, and ceaseth not, without any intermission, 50Till the LORD shall look down, and behold from heaven. 51My eye affecteth my heart because of all the daughters of my city.
mine heart: Heb. my soul
because...: or, more than all
52My enemies chased me hard, like a bird, without cause. 53They have cut off my life in the dungeon, and cast a stone upon me. 54Waters flowed over my head; then I said, I am cut off.

55I called upon thy name, O LORD, out of the low dungeon. 56Thou hast heard my voice: hide not thy ear at my breathing, at my cry. 57Thou drewest near in the day that I called upon thee: thou saidst, Fear not. 58O Lord, thou hast pleaded the causes of my soul; thou hast redeemed my life. 59O LORD, thou hast seen my wrong: judge thou my cause. 60Thou hast seen all their vengeance and all their imaginations against me. 61Thou hast heard their reproach, O LORD, and all their imaginations against me; 62The lips of those that rose up against me, and they plot against me all the day. 63Behold their sitting down, and their rising up; I am their music. 64Render to them a recompence, O LORD, according to the work of their hands. 65Give them sorrow of heart, thy curse to them.
sorrow...: or, obstinacy of heart
66Persecute and destroy them in anger from under the heavens of the LORD.

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