Lamentations 3

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  • 1 I AM the man that hath seen affliction by the rod of his wrath.
  • 2 He hath led me, and brought me into darkness, but not into light.
  • 3 Surely against me is he turned; he turneth his hand against me all the day.
  • 4 My flesh and my skin hath he made old; he hath broken my bones.
  • 5 He hath builded against me, and compassed me with gall and travail.
  • 6 He hath set me in dark places, as they that be dead of old.
  • 7 He hath hedged me about, that I cannot get out: he hath made my chain heavy.
  • 8 Also when I cry and shout, he shutteth out my prayer.
  • 9 He hath inclosed my ways with hewn stone, he hath made my paths crooked.
  • 10 He was unto me as a bear lying in wait, and as a lion in secret places.
  • 11 He hath turned aside my ways, and pulled me in pieces: he hath made me desolate.
  • 12 He hath bent his bow, and set me as a mark for the arrow.
  • 13 He hath caused the arrows of his quiver to enter into my reins.
  • 14 I was a derision to all my people; and their song all the day.
  • 15 He hath filled me with bitterness, he hath made me drunken with wormwood.
  • 16 He hath also broken my teeth with gravel stones, he hath covered me with ashes.
  • 17 And thou hast removed my soul far off from peace: I forgat prosperity.
  • 18 And I said, My strength and my hope is perished from the LORD:
  • 19 Remembering mine affliction and my misery, the wormwood and the gall.
  • 20 My soul hath them still in remembrance, and is humbled in me.
  • 21 This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope.
  • 22 It is of the LORD's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.
  • 23 They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.
  • 24 The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.
  • 25 The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.
  • 26 It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD.
  • 27 It is good for a man that he bear the yoke of his youth.
  • 28 He sitteth alone and keepeth silence, because he hath borne it upon him.
  • 29 He putteth his mouth in the dust; if so be there may be hope.
  • 30 He giveth his cheek to him that smiteth him: he is filled full with reproach.
  • 31 For the LORD will not cast off for ever:
  • 32 But though he cause grief, yet will he have compassion according to the multitude of his mercies.
  • 33 For he doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the children of men.
  • 34 To crush under his feet all the prisoners of the earth.
  • 35 To turn aside the right of a man before the face of the most High,
  • 36 To subvert a man in his cause, the LORD approveth not.
  • 37 Who is he that saith, and it cometh to pass, when the Lord commandeth it not?
  • 38 Out of the mouth of the most High proceedeth not evil and good?
  • 39 Wherefore doth a living man complain, a man for the punishment of his sins?
  • 40 Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the LORD.
  • 41 Let us lift up our heart with our hands unto God in the heavens.
  • 42 We have transgressed and have rebelled: thou hast not pardoned.
  • 43 Thou hast covered with anger, and persecuted us: thou hast slain, thou hast not pitied.
  • 44 Thou hast covered thyself with a cloud, that our prayer should not pass through.
  • 45 Thou hast made us as the offscouring and refuse in the midst of the people.
  • 46 All our enemies have opened their mouths against us.
  • 47 Fear and a snare is come upon us, desolation and destruction.
  • 48 Mine eye runneth down with rivers of water for the destruction of the daughter of my people.
  • 49 Mine eye trickleth down, and ceaseth not, without any intermission.
  • 50 Till the LORD look down, and behold from heaven.
  • 51 Mine eye affecteth mine heart because of all the daughters of my city.
  • 52 Mine enemies chased me sore, like a bird, without cause.
  • 53 They have cut off my life in the dungeon, and cast a stone upon me.
  • 54 Waters flowed over mine head; then I said, I am cut off.
  • 55 I called upon thy name, O LORD, out of the low dungeon.
  • 56 Thou hast heard my voice: hide not thine ear at my breathing, at my cry.
  • 57 Thou drewest near in the day that I called upon thee: thou saidst, Fear not.
  • 58 O LORD, thou hast pleaded the causes of my soul; thou hast redeemed my life.
  • 59 O LORD, thou hast seen my wrong: judge thou my cause.
  • 60 Thou hast seen all their vengeance and all their imaginations against me.
  • 61 Thou hast heard their reproach, O LORD, and all their imaginations against me;
  • 62 The lips of those that rose up against me, and their device against me all the day.
  • 63 Behold their sitting down, and their rising up; I am their musick.
  • 64 Render unto them a recompence, O LORD, according to the work of their hands.
  • 65 Give them sorrow of heart, thy curse unto them.
  • 66 Persecute and destroy them in anger from under the heavens of the LORD.

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