Lamentations 3 CSB

Hope through God's Mercy

Alef

1 I am the man who has seen affliction under the rod of God's wrath.

References for Lamentations 3:1

      2 He has driven me away and forced [me] to walk in darkness instead of light.a

      References for Lamentations 3:2

        • a 3:2 - Jb 12:25; Am 5:18,20
          3 Yes, He repeatedly turns His hand against me all day long.

          Bet

          4 He has worn away my flesh and skin;b He has shattered my bones.

          References for Lamentations 3:4

            • b 3:4 - Ps 38:3; Mc 3:1-3
              5 He has laid siege against me, encircling me with bitterness and hardship.
              6 He has made me dwell in darkness like those who have been dead for ages.c

              References for Lamentations 3:6

                • c 3:6 - Jb 10:20-22; Ps 88:6; 143:3

                  Gimel

                  7 He has walled me in so I cannot escape; He has weighed me down with chains.

                  References for Lamentations 3:7

                      8 Even when I cry out and plead for help, He rejects my prayer.d

                      References for Lamentations 3:8

                        • d 3:8 - Lm 3:44; Jb 30:20; Ps 22:2
                          9 He has walled in my ways with cut stones; He has made my paths crooked.e

                          References for Lamentations 3:9

                            • e 3:9 - Jb 19:8

                              Dalet

                              10 He isf a bear waiting in ambush, a lion in hiding;g

                              References for Lamentations 3:10

                                • f 3:10 - Lit is to me
                                • g 3:10 - Hs 13:7-8
                                  11 He forced me off my way and tore me to pieces; He left me desolate.
                                  12 He bent His bowh and set me as the target for His arrow.

                                  References for Lamentations 3:12

                                    • h 3:12 - Lm 2:4; Ps 7:12

                                      He

                                      13 He pierced my kidneys with His arrows.i

                                      References for Lamentations 3:13

                                        • i 3:13 - Jb 16:13; Pr 7:23
                                          14 I am a laughingstockj to all my people,k mocked by their songsl all day long.

                                          References for Lamentations 3:14

                                            • j 3:14 - Lm 1:7; Jb 12:4; Jr 20:7
                                            • k 3:14 - Some Hb mss, LXX, Vg; other Hb mss, Syr read all peoples
                                            • l 3:14 - Jb 30:9; Ps 69:12
                                              15 He filled me with bitterness, sated me with wormwood.m

                                              References for Lamentations 3:15

                                                • m 3:15 - Jr 9:15; 23:15

                                                  Vav

                                                  16 He ground my teeth on graveln and made me cowero in the dust.

                                                  References for Lamentations 3:16

                                                    • n 3:16 - Ps 3:7; 58:6; Pr 20:17
                                                    • o 3:16 - Or and trampled me
                                                      17 My soul has been deprivedp of peace;q I have forgotten what happiness is.

                                                      References for Lamentations 3:17

                                                        • p 3:17 - Syr, Vg; MT reads You deprived my soul
                                                        • q 3:17 - Lm 3:31; Ps 88:15
                                                          18 Then I thought: My futurer is lost, as well as my hope from the Lord.

                                                          References for Lamentations 3:18

                                                            • r 3:18 - Or splendor

                                                              Zayin

                                                              19 Remembers my affliction and my homelessness,t the wormwood and the poison.u

                                                              References for Lamentations 3:19

                                                                • s 3:19 - Or I remember
                                                                • t 3:19 - Lm 1:7; Isa 58:7
                                                                • u 3:19 - Dt 29:18; Jr 9:15; 23:15
                                                                  20 I continually remember [them] and have become depressed.vw

                                                                  References for Lamentations 3:20

                                                                    • v 3:20 - Alt Hb tradition reads and You cause me to collapse
                                                                    • w 3:20 - Ps 42:5-6,11; 43:5; 44:25
                                                                      21 Yet I call this to mind, and therefore I have hope:

                                                                      Khet

                                                                      22 [Because of] the Lord's faithful lovex we do not perish,y for His mercies never end.

                                                                      References for Lamentations 3:22

                                                                        • x 3:22 - Ps 89:1; 103:17; Isa 63:7
                                                                        • y 3:22 - One Hb mss, Syr, Tg read The Lord's faithful love, indeed, does not perish
                                                                          23 They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness!z

                                                                          References for Lamentations 3:23

                                                                            • z 3:23 - Ps 36:5; 89:1-8; 100:5
                                                                              24 I say: The Lord is my portion,{ therefore I will put my hope in Him.

                                                                              References for Lamentations 3:24

                                                                                • { 3:24 - Jr 10:16; Ps 73:26; 142:5

                                                                                  Tet

                                                                                  25 The Lord is good to those who wait| for Him, to the person who seeks Him.

                                                                                  References for Lamentations 3:25

                                                                                    • | 3:25 - Ps 25:3; Isa 40:31; 49:23
                                                                                      26 It is good to wait quietly for deliverance from the Lord.}

                                                                                      References for Lamentations 3:26

                                                                                        • } 3:26 - Ps 37:39; 119:81; Isa 46:13
                                                                                          27 It is good for a man to bear the yoke while he is [still] young.

                                                                                          Yod

                                                                                          28 Let him sit alone and be silent, for God has disciplined him.

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                                                                                              29 Let him put his mouth in the dust- perhaps there is [still] hope.
                                                                                              30 Let him offer [his] cheek to the one who would strike him;~ let him be filled with shame.

                                                                                              References for Lamentations 3:30

                                                                                                • ~ 3:30 - Isa 50:6; Mt 5:39; Lk 6:29

                                                                                                  Kaf

                                                                                                  31 For the Lord will not reject [us] forever.

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                                                                                                      32 Even if He causes suffering, He will show compassion according to His abundant, faithful love.
                                                                                                      33 For He does not enjoy bringing affliction or suffering on mankind.

                                                                                                      Lamed

                                                                                                      34 Crushing all the prisoners of the land beneath one's feet,

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                                                                                                          35 denying justice to a man in the presence of the Most High,
                                                                                                          36 or suppressing a person's lawsuit€- the Lord does not approve [of these things].

                                                                                                          References for Lamentations 3:36

                                                                                                            • € 3:36 - Ex 23:6; Dt 16:19; 24:17

                                                                                                              Mem

                                                                                                              37 Who is there who speaks and it happens, unless the Lord has ordained [it]?

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                                                                                                                  38 Do not both adversity and good come from the mouth of the Most High?

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                                                                                                                      39 Why should [any] living person complain, [any] man, because of the punishment for his sins?

                                                                                                                      Nun

                                                                                                                      40 Let us search out and examine our ways, and turn back to the Lord.‚

                                                                                                                      References for Lamentations 3:40

                                                                                                                        • ‚ 3:40 - Ps 119:5; 139:23-24
                                                                                                                          41 Let us lift up our hearts and [our] hands to God in heaven:
                                                                                                                          42 We have sinned and rebelled; You have not forgiven.ƒ

                                                                                                                          References for Lamentations 3:42

                                                                                                                            • ƒ 3:42 - Dt 29:20; 2 Kg 24:4; Jr 5:7

                                                                                                                              Samek

                                                                                                                              43 You have covered Yourself in anger and pursued us; You have killed without compassion.„

                                                                                                                              References for Lamentations 3:43

                                                                                                                                • „ 3:43 - Lm 2:2,17,21; Ezk 7:8-9; 8:18
                                                                                                                                  44 You have covered Yourself with a cloud so that no prayer can pass through.…

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                                                                                                                                      45 You have made us disgusting filth among the peoples.†

                                                                                                                                      References for Lamentations 3:45

                                                                                                                                        • † 3:45 - 1 Co 4:13

                                                                                                                                          Pe

                                                                                                                                          46 All our enemies open their mouths against us.‡

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                                                                                                                                              47 We have experienced panic and pitfall,ˆ devastation and destruction.

                                                                                                                                              References for Lamentations 3:47

                                                                                                                                                • ˆ 3:47 - Isa 24:17; Jr 48:43
                                                                                                                                                  48 My eyes flow with streams of tears because of the destruction of my dear people.

                                                                                                                                                  Ayin

                                                                                                                                                  49 My eyes overflow unceasingly, without end,‰

                                                                                                                                                  References for Lamentations 3:49

                                                                                                                                                    • ‰ 3:49 - Lm 1:16; 2:11; Jr 9:1,18
                                                                                                                                                      50 until the Lord looks down from heaven and sees.Š

                                                                                                                                                      References for Lamentations 3:50

                                                                                                                                                        • Š 3:50 - Ps 14:2; 102:19
                                                                                                                                                          51 My eyes bring me grief because of [the fate of] all the women in my city.

                                                                                                                                                          Tsade

                                                                                                                                                          52 For no [apparent] reason, my enemies‹ hunted me like a bird.Œ

                                                                                                                                                          References for Lamentations 3:52

                                                                                                                                                            • ‹ 3:52 - Or Those who were my enemies for no reason
                                                                                                                                                            • Œ 3:52 - Ps 35:7
                                                                                                                                                              53 They dropped me alive into a pitŽ and threw stones at me.

                                                                                                                                                              References for Lamentations 3:53

                                                                                                                                                                •  3:53 - Or They ended my life in; Hb obscure
                                                                                                                                                                • Ž 3:53 - Gn 37:20-29; Jr 38:6-13
                                                                                                                                                                  54 Water flooded over my head, and I thought: I'm going to die!

                                                                                                                                                                  References for Lamentations 3:54

                                                                                                                                                                    •  3:54 - Ps 42:7; 69:1-2; Jnh 2:3,5
                                                                                                                                                                    •  3:54 - Ezk 37:11

                                                                                                                                                                      Qof

                                                                                                                                                                      55 I called on Your name, Yahweh, from the depths of the Pit.‘

                                                                                                                                                                      References for Lamentations 3:55

                                                                                                                                                                        • ‘ 3:55 - Ps 88:6: Jnh 2:6
                                                                                                                                                                          56 You hear my plea: Do not ignore my cry for relief.
                                                                                                                                                                          57 You come near when I call on You; You say: "Do not be afraid."

                                                                                                                                                                          Resh

                                                                                                                                                                          58 You defend my cause, Lord;’ You redeem my life.“

                                                                                                                                                                          References for Lamentations 3:58

                                                                                                                                                                            • ’ 3:58 - Ps 43:1; Pr 23:11; Jr 50:34
                                                                                                                                                                            • “ 3:58 - Ps 103:4; 119:154
                                                                                                                                                                              59 Lord, You see the wrong done to me; judge my case.
                                                                                                                                                                              60 You see all their malice, all their plots against me.

                                                                                                                                                                              Sin/Shin

                                                                                                                                                                              61 Lord, You hear their insults, all their plots against me.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  62 The slander” and murmuring of my opponents attack me all day long.

                                                                                                                                                                                  References for Lamentations 3:62

                                                                                                                                                                                    • ” 3:62 - Lit lips
                                                                                                                                                                                      63 When they sit and when they rise, look, I am mocked by their songs.•

                                                                                                                                                                                      References for Lamentations 3:63

                                                                                                                                                                                        • • 3:63 - Lm 3:14; Jb 30:9; Ps 69:12

                                                                                                                                                                                          Tav

                                                                                                                                                                                          64 You will pay them back what they deserve, Lord, according to the work of their hands.–

                                                                                                                                                                                          References for Lamentations 3:64

                                                                                                                                                                                            • – 3:64 - Ps 28:4; Rm 2:6; Rv 20:12-13
                                                                                                                                                                                              65 You will give them a heart filled with anguish.—˜ May Your curse be on them!

                                                                                                                                                                                              References for Lamentations 3:65

                                                                                                                                                                                                • — 3:65 - Or them an obstinate heart; Hb obscure
                                                                                                                                                                                                • ˜ 3:65 - Isa 6:10
                                                                                                                                                                                                  66 You will pursue [them] in anger and destroy them under Your heavens.™š

                                                                                                                                                                                                  References for Lamentations 3:66

                                                                                                                                                                                                    • ™ 3:66 - LXX, Syr, Vg read heavens, Lord
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • š 3:66 - Lit under the Lord's heavens