Lamentations 3:1-20 (New International Version)

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1 I am the man who has seen affliction1 by the rod of his wrath.2 2 He has driven me away and made me walk in darkness3 rather than light; 3 indeed, he has turned his hand against me4 again and again, all day long. 4 He has made my skin and my flesh grow old5 and has broken my bones.6 5 He has besieged me and surrounded me with bitterness7 and hardship.8 6 He has made me dwell in darkness like those long dead.9 7 He has walled me in so I cannot escape;10 he has weighed me down with chains.11 8 Even when I call out or cry for help,12 he shuts out my prayer.13 9 He has barred14 my way with blocks of stone; he has made my paths crooked.15 10 Like a bear lying in wait, like a lion16 in hiding,17 11 he dragged me from the path and mangled18 me and left me without help. 12 He drew his bow19 and made me the target20 for his arrows.21 13 He pierced22 my heart with arrows from his quiver.23 14 I became the laughingstock24 of all my people;25 they mock me in song26 all day long. 15 He has filled me with bitter herbs and sated me with gall.27 16 He has broken my teeth with gravel;28 he has trampled me in the dust.29 17 I have been deprived of peace; I have forgotten what prosperity is. 18 So I say, "My splendor is gone and all that I had hoped from the LORD."30 19 I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness31 and the gall.32 20 I well remember them, and my soul is downcast33 within me.34
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