Chapter 3

LAM.3:1 I am the man who has seen affliction by the rod of His wrath.
LAM.3:2 He has led me and made me walk In darkness and not in light.
LAM.3:3 Surely He has turned His hand against me Time and time again throughout the day.
LAM.3:4 He has aged my flesh and my skin, And broken my bones.
LAM.3:5 He has besieged me And surrounded me with bitterness and woe.
LAM.3:6 He has set me in dark places Like the dead of long ago.
LAM.3:7 He has hedged me in so that I cannot get out; He has made my chain heavy.
LAM.3:8 Even when I cry and shout, He shuts out my prayer.
LAM.3:9 He has blocked my ways with hewn stone; He has made my paths crooked.
LAM.3:10 He has been to me a bear lying in wait, Like a lion in ambush.
LAM.3:11 He has turned aside my ways and torn me in pieces; He has made me desolate.
LAM.3:12 He has bent His bow And set me up as a target for the arrow.
LAM.3:13 He has caused the arrows of His quiver To pierce my loins.
LAM.3:14 I have become the ridicule of all my people-Their tauntingSoS.all the day.
LAM.3:15 He has filled me with bitterness, He has made me drink wormwood.
LAM.3:16 He has also broken my teeth with gravel, And covered me with ashes.
LAM.3:17 You have moved my soul far from peace; I have forgotten prosperity.
LAM.3:18 And I said, “My strength and my hope Have perished from the LORD.”
LAM.3:19 Remember my affliction and roaming, The wormwood and the gall.
LAM.3:20 My soul still remembers And sinks within me.
LAM.3:21 This I recall to my mind, Therefore I have hope.
LAM.3:22 Through the LORD’S mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not.
LAM.3:23 They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.
LAM.3:24 “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I hope in Him!”
LAM.3:25 The LORD is good to those who wait for Him, To the soul who seeks Him.
LAM.3:26 It is good that one should hope and wait quietly For the salvation of the LORD.
LAM.3:27 It is good for a man to bear The yoke in his youth.
LAM.3:28 Let him sit alone and keep silent, Because God has laid it on him;
LAM.3:29 Let him put his mouth in the dust-There may yet be hope.
LAM.3:30 Let him give his cheek to the one who strikes him, And be full of reproach.
LAM.3:31 For the Lord will not cast off forever.
LAM.3:32 Though He causes grief, Yet He will show compassion According to the multitude of His mercies.
LAM.3:33 For He does not afflict willingly, Nor grieve the children of men.
LAM.3:34 To crush under one’s feet All the prisoners of the earth,
LAM.3:35 To turn aside the justice due a man Before the face of the Most High,
LAM.3:36 Or subvert a man in his cause-The Lord does not approve.
LAM.3:37 Who is he who speaks and it comes to pass, When the Lord has not commanded it?
LAM.3:38 Is it not from the mouth of the Most High That woe and well-being proceed?
LAM.3:39 Why should a living man complain, A man for the punishment of his sins?
LAM.3:40 Let us search out and examine our ways, And turn back to the LORD;
LAM.3:41 Let us lift our hearts and hands To God in heaven.
LAM.3:42 We have transgressed and rebelled; You have not pardoned.
LAM.3:43 You have covered Yourself with anger And pursued us; You have slain and not pitied.
LAM.3:44 You have covered Yourself with a cloud, That prayer should not pass through.
LAM.3:45 You have made us an offscouring and refuse In the midst of the peoples.
LAM.3:46 All our enemies Have opened their mouths against us.
LAM.3:47 Fear and a snare have come upon us, Desolation and destruction.
LAM.3:48 My eyes overflow with rivers of water For the destruction of the daughter of my people.
LAM.3:49 My eyes flow and do not cease, Without interruption,
LAM.3:50 Till the LORD from heaven Looks down and sees.
LAM.3:51 My eyes bring suffering to my soul Because of all the daughters of my city.
LAM.3:52 My enemies without cause Hunted me down like a bird.
LAM.3:53 They silenced my life in the pit And threw stones at me.
LAM.3:54 The waters flowed over my head; I said, “IAMO.cut off!”
LAM.3:55 I called on Your name, O LORD, From the lowest pit.
LAM.3:56 You have heard my voice: “Do not hide Your ear From my sighing, from my cry for help.”
LAM.3:57 You drew near on the day I called on You, And said, “Do not fear!”
LAM.3:58 O Lord, You have pleaded the case for my soul; You have redeemed my life.
LAM.3:59 O LORD, You have seen how IAMO.wronged; Judge my case.
LAM.3:60 You have seen all their vengeance, All their schemes against me.
LAM.3:61 You have heard their reproach, O LORD, All their schemes against me,
LAM.3:62 The lips of my enemies And their whispering against me all the day.
LAM.3:63 Look at their sitting down and their rising up; IAMO.their taunting song.
LAM.3:64 Repay them, O LORD, According to the work of their hands.
LAM.3:65 Give them a veiled heart; Your curse be upon them!
LAM.3:66 In Your anger, Pursue and destroy them From under the heavens of the LORD.

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