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Lamentations 3:1-36 (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 21 Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: 22 Because of the LORD's great love35 we are not consumed,36 for his compassions never fail.37 23 They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.38 24 I say to myself, "The LORD is my portion;39 therefore I will wait for him." 25 The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him;40 26 it is good to wait quietly41 for the salvation of the LORD.42 27 It is good for a man to bear the yoke while he is young. 28 Let him sit alone in silence,43 for the LORD has laid it on him. 29 Let him bury his face in the dust44-- there may yet be hope.45 30 Let him offer his cheek to one who would strike him,46 and let him be filled with disgrace.47 31 For men are not cast off by the Lord forever.48 32 Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love.49 33 For he does not willingly bring affliction or grief to the children of men.50 34 To crush underfoot all prisoners in the land, 35 to deny a man his rights before the Most High,51 36 to deprive a man of justice-- would not the Lord see such things?52
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