Lamentations 3

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

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