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Lamentations 3

Lamentations 3:1  
I am the man who has seen affliction by the rod of his wrath.

Lamentations 3:2  
He has led me and caused me to walk in darkness, and not in light.

Lamentations 3:3  
Surely he turns his hand against me again and again all day long.

Lamentations 3:4  
He has made my flesh and my skin old. He has broken my bones.

Lamentations 3:5  
He has built against me, and surrounded me with bitterness and hardship.

Lamentations 3:6  
He has made me dwell in dark places, as those who have been long dead.

Lamentations 3:7  
He has walled me about, so that I can’t go out. He has made my chain heavy.

Lamentations 3:8  
Yes, when I cry, and call for help, he shuts out my prayer.

Lamentations 3:9  
He has walled up my ways with cut stone. He has made my paths crooked.

Lamentations 3:10  
He is to me as a bear lying in wait, as a lion in hiding.

Lamentations 3:11  
He has turned away my path, and pulled me in pieces. He has made me desolate.

Lamentations 3:12  
He has bent his bow, and set me as a mark for the arrow.

Lamentations 3:13  
He has caused the shafts of his quiver to enter into my kidneys.

Lamentations 3:14  
I have become a derision to all my people, and their song all day long.

Lamentations 3:15  
He has filled me with bitterness. He has stuffed me with wormwood.

Lamentations 3:16  
He has also broken my teeth with gravel. He has covered me with ashes.

Lamentations 3:17  
You have removed my soul far away from peace. I forgot prosperity.

Lamentations 3:18  
I said, “My strength has perished, along with my expectation from Yahweh.”

Lamentations 3:19  
Remember my affliction and my misery, the wormwood and the bitterness.

Lamentations 3:20  
My soul still remembers them, and is bowed down within me.

Lamentations 3:21  
This I recall to my mind; therefore I have hope.

Lamentations 3:22  
It is because of Yahweh’s loving kindnesses that we are not consumed, because his mercies don’t fail.

Lamentations 3:23  
They are new every morning. Great is your faithfulness.

Lamentations 3:24  
“Yahweh is my portion,” says my soul. “Therefore I will hope in him.”

Lamentations 3:25  
Yahweh is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.

Lamentations 3:26  
It is good that a man should hope and quietly wait for the salvation of Yahweh.

Lamentations 3:27  
It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth.

Lamentations 3:28  
Let him sit alone and keep silence, because he has laid it on him.

Lamentations 3:29  
Let him put his mouth in the dust, if it is so that there may be hope.

Lamentations 3:30  
Let him give his cheek to him who strikes him. Let him be filled full of reproach.

Lamentations 3:31  
For the Lord will not cast off forever.

Lamentations 3:32  
For though he causes grief, yet he will have compassion according to the multitude of his loving kindnesses.

Lamentations 3:33  
For he does not afflict willingly, nor grieve the children of men.

Lamentations 3:34  
To crush under foot all the prisoners of the earth,

Lamentations 3:35  
to turn away the right of a man before the face of the Most High,

Lamentations 3:36  
to subvert a man in his cause, the Lord doesn’t approve.

Lamentations 3:37  
Who is he who says, and it comes to pass, when the Lord doesn’t command it?

Lamentations 3:38  
Doesn’t evil and good come out of the mouth of the Most High?

Lamentations 3:39  
Why should a living man complain, a man for the punishment of his sins?

Lamentations 3:40  
Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to Yahweh.

Lamentations 3:41  
Let’s lift up our heart with our hands to God in the heavens.

Lamentations 3:42  
“We have transgressed and have rebelled. You have not pardoned.

Lamentations 3:43  
“You have covered us with anger and pursued us. You have killed. You have not pitied.

Lamentations 3:44  
You have covered yourself with a cloud, so that no prayer can pass through.

Lamentations 3:45  
You have made us an off-scouring and refuse in the middle of the peoples.

Lamentations 3:46  
“All our enemies have opened their mouth wide against us.

Lamentations 3:47  
Terror and the pit have come on us, devastation and destruction.”

Lamentations 3:48  
My eye runs down with streams of water, for the destruction of the daughter of my people.

Lamentations 3:49  
My eye pours down and doesn’t cease, without any intermission,

Lamentations 3:50  
until Yahweh looks down, and sees from heaven.

Lamentations 3:51  
My eye affects my soul, because of all the daughters of my city.

Lamentations 3:52  
They have chased me relentlessly like a bird, those who are my enemies without cause.

Lamentations 3:53  
They have cut off my life in the dungeon, and have cast a stone on me.

Lamentations 3:54  
Waters flowed over my head. I said, “I am cut off.”

Lamentations 3:55  
I called on your name, Yahweh, out of the lowest dungeon.

Lamentations 3:56  
You heard my voice: “Don’t hide your ear from my sighing, and my cry.”

Lamentations 3:57  
You came near in the day that I called on you. You said, “Don’t be afraid.”

Lamentations 3:58  
Lord, you have pleaded the causes of my soul. You have redeemed my life.

Lamentations 3:59  
Yahweh, you have seen my wrong. Judge my cause.

Lamentations 3:60  
You have seen all their vengeance and all their plans against me.

Lamentations 3:61  
You have heard their reproach, Yahweh, and all their plans against me,

Lamentations 3:62  
the lips of those that rose up against me, and their plots against me all day long.

Lamentations 3:63  
You see their sitting down and their rising up. I am their song.

Lamentations 3:64  
You will pay them back, Yahweh, according to the work of their hands.

Lamentations 3:65  
You will give them hardness of heart, your curse to them.

Lamentations 3:66  
You will pursue them in anger, and destroy them from under the heavens of Yahweh.


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