I am the man who has seen affliction Because of the rod of His wrath. (Lamentations 3:1)

He has driven me and made me walk In darkness and not in light. (Lamentations 3:2)

Surely against me He has turned His hand Repeatedly all the day. (Lamentations 3:3)

He has caused my flesh and my skin to waste away, He has broken my bones. (Lamentations 3:4)

He has besieged and encompassed me with bitterness and hardship. (Lamentations 3:5)

In dark places He has made me dwell, Like those who have long been dead. (Lamentations 3:6)

He has walled me in so that I cannot go out; He has made my chain heavy. (Lamentations 3:7)

Even when I cry out and call for help, He shuts out my prayer. (Lamentations 3:8)

He has blocked my ways with hewn stone; He has made my paths crooked. (Lamentations 3:9)

He is to me like a bear lying in wait, Like a lion in secret places. (Lamentations 3:10)

He has turned aside my ways and torn me to pieces; He has made me desolate. (Lamentations 3:11)

He bent His bow And set me as a target for the arrow. (Lamentations 3:12)

He made the arrows of His quiver To enter into my inward parts. (Lamentations 3:13)

I have become a laughingstock to all my people, Their mocking song all the day. (Lamentations 3:14)

He has filled me with bitterness, He has made me drunk with wormwood. (Lamentations 3:15)

He has broken my teeth with gravel; He has made me cower in the dust. (Lamentations 3:16)

My soul has been rejected from peace; I have forgotten happiness. (Lamentations 3:17)

So I say, "My strength has perished, And so has my hope from the LORD." (Lamentations 3:18)

Remember my affliction and my wandering, the wormwood and bitterness. (Lamentations 3:19)

Surely my soul remembers And is bowed down within me. (Lamentations 3:20)

This I recall to my mind, Therefore I have hope. (Lamentations 3:21)

The LORD'S lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, For His compassions never fail. (Lamentations 3:22)

They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. (Lamentations 3:23)

"The LORD is my portion," says my soul, "Therefore I have hope in Him." (Lamentations 3:24)

The LORD is good to those who wait for Him, To the person who seeks Him. (Lamentations 3:25)

It is good that he waits silently For the salvation of the LORD. (Lamentations 3:26)

It is good for a man that he should bear The yoke in his youth. (Lamentations 3:27)

Let him sit alone and be silent Since He has laid it on him. (Lamentations 3:28)

Let him put his mouth in the dust, Perhaps there is hope. (Lamentations 3:29)

Let him give his cheek to the smiter, Let him be filled with reproach. (Lamentations 3:30)

For the Lord will not reject forever, (Lamentations 3:31)

For if He causes grief, Then He will have compassion According to His abundant lovingkindness. (Lamentations 3:32)

For He does not afflict willingly Or grieve the sons of men. (Lamentations 3:33)

To crush under His feet All the prisoners of the land, (Lamentations 3:34)

To deprive a man of justice In the presence of the Most High, (Lamentations 3:35)

To defraud a man in his lawsuit-- Of these things the Lord does not approve. (Lamentations 3:36)

Who is there who speaks and it comes to pass, Unless the Lord has commanded it? (Lamentations 3:37)

Is it not from the mouth of the Most High That both good and ill go forth? (Lamentations 3:38)

Why should any living mortal, or any man, Offer complaint in view of his sins? (Lamentations 3:39)

Let us examine and probe our ways, And let us return to the LORD. (Lamentations 3:40)

We lift up our heart and hands Toward God in heaven; (Lamentations 3:41)

We have transgressed and rebelled, You have not pardoned. (Lamentations 3:42)

You have covered Yourself with anger And pursued us; You have slain and have not spared. (Lamentations 3:43)

You have covered Yourself with a cloud So that no prayer can pass through. (Lamentations 3:44)

You have made us mere offscouring and refuse In the midst of the peoples. (Lamentations 3:45)

All our enemies have opened their mouths against us. (Lamentations 3:46)

Panic and pitfall have befallen us, Devastation and destruction; (Lamentations 3:47)

My eyes run down with streams of water Because of the destruction of the daughter of my people. (Lamentations 3:48)

My eyes pour down unceasingly, Without stopping, (Lamentations 3:49)

Until the LORD looks down And sees from heaven. (Lamentations 3:50)

My eyes bring pain to my soul Because of all the daughters of my city. (Lamentations 3:51)

My enemies without cause Hunted me down like a bird; (Lamentations 3:52)

They have silenced me in the pit And have placed a stone on me. (Lamentations 3:53)

Waters flowed over my head; I said, "I am cut off!" (Lamentations 3:54)

I called on Your name, O LORD, Out of the lowest pit. (Lamentations 3:55)

You have heard my voice, "Do not hide Your ear from my prayer for relief, From my cry for help." (Lamentations 3:56)

You drew near when I called on You; You said, "Do not fear!" (Lamentations 3:57)

O Lord, You have pleaded my soul's cause; You have redeemed my life. (Lamentations 3:58)

O LORD, You have seen my oppression; Judge my case. (Lamentations 3:59)

You have seen all their vengeance, All their schemes against me. (Lamentations 3:60)

You have heard their reproach, O LORD, All their schemes against me. (Lamentations 3:61)

The lips of my assailants and their whispering Are against me all day long. (Lamentations 3:62)

Look on their sitting and their rising; I am their mocking song. (Lamentations 3:63)

You will recompense them, O LORD, According to the work of their hands. (Lamentations 3:64)

You will give them hardness of heart, Your curse will be on them. (Lamentations 3:65)

You will pursue them in anger and destroy them From under the heavens of the LORD! (Lamentations 3:66)


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