Lamentations 3 ESV

Great Is Your Faithfulness

1 1I am the man who has seen affliction under the 2rod of his wrath;

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2 he has driven and brought me 3into darkness without any light;

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3 surely against me he turns his hand again and again the whole day long.
4 He has made my flesh and my skin waste away; 4he has broken my bones;

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5 5he has besieged and enveloped me with 6bitterness and tribulation;

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      6 7he has made me dwell in darkness like the dead of long ago.

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      7 8He has walled me about so that 9I cannot escape; he has made my chains heavy;

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      8 though 10I call and cry for help, he shuts out my prayer;

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      9 11he has blocked my ways with blocks of stones; he has made my paths crooked.

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        • 165 3:9 - [See ver. 7 above]
          10 12He is a bear lying in wait for me, a lion in hiding;

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          11 13he turned aside my steps and 14tore me to pieces; 15he has made me desolate;

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              12 16he bent his bow 17and set me as a target for his arrow.

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              13 He drove into my kidneys 18the arrows of his quiver;

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              14 19I have become the laughingstock of all peoples, 20the object of their taunts all day long.

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                  15 21He has filled me with bitterness; he has sated me with 22wormwood.

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                  16 23He has made my teeth grind on gravel, and 24made me cower in ashes;

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                  17 my soul is bereft of peace; I have forgotten what happinessa is;

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                    • h 3:17 - Hebrew good
                      18 25so I say, "My endurance has perished; so has my hope from the LORD."

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                      19 26Remember my affliction and my wanderings, 27the wormwood and 28the gall!

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                          20 My soul continually remembers it 29and is bowed down within me.

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                          21 But this I call to mind, and 30therefore I have hope:

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                          22 31The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases;b 32his mercies never come to an end;

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                            • i 3:22 - Syriac, Targum; Hebrew Because of the steadfast love of the Lord, we are not cut off
                              23 they are new 33every morning; 34great is your faithfulness.

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                              24 35"The LORD is my portion," says my soul, 36"therefore I will hope in him."

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                                  25 The LORD is good to those who 37wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.

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                                  26 38It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD.

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                                  27 39It is good for a man that he bear the yoke 40in his youth.

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                                  28 Let him 41sit alone in silence when it is laid on him;

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                                  29 42let him put his mouth in the dust-- there may yet be hope;

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                                  30 43let him give his cheek to the one who strikes, and let him be filled with insults.

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                                  31 44For the Lord will not cast off forever,

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                                  32 but, though he 45cause grief, 46he will have compassion 47according to the abundance of his steadfast love;

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                                  33 48for he does not willingly afflict or 49grieve the children of men.

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                                  34 To crush underfoot all 50the prisoners of the earth,

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                                  35 51to deny a man justice in the presence of the Most High,

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                                  36 to subvert a man in his lawsuit, 52the Lord does not approve.

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                                    • 206 3:36 - [See ver. 35 above]
                                      37 53Who has spoken and it came to pass, unless the Lord has commanded it?

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                                      38 54Is it not from the mouth of the Most High that good and bad come?

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                                      39 55Why should a living man complain, a man, about the punishment of his sins?

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                                      40 Let us test and examine our ways, 56and return to the LORD!

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                                      41 57Let us lift up our hearts and hands to God in heaven:

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                                      42 58"We have transgressed and 59rebelled, and you have not forgiven.

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                                      43 "You have wrapped yourself with anger and pursued us, 60killing without pity;

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                                      44 61you have wrapped yourself with a cloud so that no prayer can pass through.

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                                          45 62You have made us scum and garbage among the peoples.

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                                          46 63"All our enemies open their mouths against us;

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                                          47 64panic and pitfall have come upon us, devastation and 65destruction;

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                                          48 66my eyes flow with rivers of tears because of the destruction of the daughter of my people.

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                                          49 67"My eyes will flow without ceasing, without respite,

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                                            • 221 3:49 - [See ver. 48 above]
                                              50 68until the LORD from heaven looks down and sees;

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                                              51 my eyes cause me grief at the fate of all the daughters of my city.
                                              52 69"I have been hunted 70like a bird by those who were my enemies 71without cause;

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                                              53 72they flung me alive into the pit 73and cast stones on me;

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                                              54 74water closed over my head; I said, 75'I am lost.'

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                                              55 76"I called on your name, O LORD, from the depths of the pit;

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                                              56 77you heard my plea, 'Do not close your ear to my cry for help!'

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                                              57 78You came near when I called on you; you said, 79'Do not fear!'

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                                              58 "You have 80taken up my cause, 81O Lord; you have 82redeemed my life.

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                                              59 You have seen the wrong done to me, 83O LORD; judge my cause.

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                                              60 You have seen all their vengeance, all 84their plots against me.

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                                              61 85"You have heard their taunts, O LORD, all 86their plots against me.

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                                                  62 The lips and thoughts 87of my assailants are against me all the day long.

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                                                  63 88Behold their sitting and their rising; 89I am the object of their taunts.

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                                                      64 90"You will repay them,c O LORD, 91according to the work of their hands.

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                                                        • j 3:64 - Or Repay them
                                                          65 You will give themd dullness of heart; your curse will bee on them.

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                                                            • k 3:65 - Or Give them
                                                            • l 3:65 - Or place your curse
                                                              66 You will pursue themf in anger and 92destroy them from under 93your heavens, O LORD."g

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                                                                • m 3:66 - Or Pursue them
                                                                • n 3:66 - Syriac (compare Septuagint, Vulgate); Hebrew the heavens of the Lord