World English Bible
Lamentations, Chapter 3

   1: I am the man that has seen affliction by the rod of his wrath.
   2: He has led me and caused me to walk in darkness, and not in light.
   3: Surely against me he turns his hand again and again all the day.
   4: My flesh and my skin has he made old; he has broken my bones.
   5: He has built against me, and compassed me with gall and travail.
   6: He has made me to dwell in dark places, as those that have been long dead.
   7: He has walled me about, that I can't go forth; he has made my chain heavy.
   8: Yes, when I cry, and call for help, he shuts out my prayer.
   9: He has walled up my ways with hewn stone; he has made my paths crooked.
   10: He is to me as a bear lying in wait, as a lion in secret places.
   11: He has turned aside my ways, and pulled me in pieces; he has made me desolate.
   12: He has bent his bow, and set me as a mark for the arrow.
   13: He has caused the shafts of his quiver to enter into my reins.
   14: I am become a derision to all my people, and their song all the day.
   15: He has filled me with bitterness, he has sated me with wormwood.
   16: He has also broken my teeth with gravel stones; he has covered me with ashes.
   17: You have removed my soul far off from peace; I forgot prosperity.
   18: I said, My strength is perished, and my expectation from Yahweh.
   19: Remember my affliction and my misery, the wormwood and the gall.
   20: My soul still remembers them, and is bowed down within me.
   21: This I recall to my mind; therefore have I hope.
   22: [It is of] Yahweh's lovingkindnesses that we are not consumed, because his compassion doesn't fail.
   23: They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
   24: Yahweh is my portion, says my soul; therefore will I hope in him.
   25: Yahweh is good to those who wait for him, to the soul that seeks him.
   26: It is good that a man should hope and quietly wait for the salvation of Yahweh.
   27: It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth.
   28: Let him sit alone and keep silence, because he has laid it on him.
   29: Let him put his mouth in the dust, if so be there may be hope.
   30: Let him give his cheek to him who strikes him; let him be filled full with reproach.
   31: For the Lord will not cast off forever.
   32: For though he cause grief, yet will he have compassion according to the multitude of his lovingkindnesses.
   33: For he does not afflict willingly, nor grieve the children of men.
   34: To crush under foot 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 doesn't approve.
   37: Who is he who says, and it comes to pass, when the Lord doesn't command it?
   38: Doesn't evil and good come out of the mouth of the Most High?
   39: Why does a living man complain, a man for the punishment of his sins?
   40: Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to Yahweh.
   41: Let us lift up our heart with our hands to God in the heavens.
   42: We have transgressed and have rebelled; you have not pardoned.
   43: You have covered with anger and pursued us; you have killed, you have not pitied.
   44: You have covered yourself with a cloud, so that no prayer can pass through.
   45: You have made us an off-scouring and refuse in the midst of the peoples.
   46: All our enemies have opened their mouth wide against us.
   47: Fear and the pit are come on us, devastation and destruction.
   48: My eye runs down with streams of water, for the destruction of the daughter of my people.
   49: My eye pours down, and doesn't cease, without any intermission,
   50: Until Yahweh look down, and see from heaven.
   51: My eye affects my soul, because of all the daughters of my city.
   52: They have chased me sore like a bird, those who are my enemies without cause.
   53: They have cut off my life in the dungeon, and have cast a stone on me.
   54: Waters flowed over my head; I said, I am cut off.
   55: I called on your name, Yahweh, out of the lowest dungeon.
   56: You heard my voice; don't hide your ear at my breathing, at my cry.
   57: You drew near in the day that I called on you; you said, Don't be afraid.
   58: Lord, you have pleaded the causes of my soul; you have redeemed my life.
   59: Yahweh, you have seen my wrong; judge you my cause.
   60: You have seen all their vengeance and all their devices against me.
   61: You have heard their reproach, Yahweh, and all their devices against me,
   62: The lips of those that rose up against me, and their device against me all the day.
   63: See you their sitting down, and their rising up; I am their song.
   64: You will render to them a recompense, Yahweh, according to the work of their hands.
   65: You will give them hardness of heart, your curse to them.
   66: You will pursue them in anger, and destroy them from under the heavens of Yahweh.

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