Lamentations 3 NIV

1 I am the man who has seen affliction1 by the rod of his wrath.2

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2 He has driven me away and made me walk in darkness3 rather than light;

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3 indeed, he has turned his hand against me4 again and again, all day long.

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4 He has made my skin and my flesh grow old5 and has broken my bones.6

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5 He has besieged me and surrounded me with bitterness7 and hardship.8

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6 He has made me dwell in darkness like those long dead.9

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7 He has walled me in so I cannot escape;10 he has weighed me down with chains.11

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8 Even when I call out or cry for help,12 he shuts out my prayer.13

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      9 He has barred14 my way with blocks of stone; he has made my paths crooked.15

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      10 Like a bear lying in wait, like a lion16 in hiding,17

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      11 he dragged me from the path and mangled18 me and left me without help.

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      12 He drew his bow19 and made me the target20 for his arrows.21

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      13 He pierced22 my heart with arrows from his quiver.23

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      14 I became the laughingstock24 of all my people;25 they mock me in song26 all day long.

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      15 He has filled me with bitter herbs and sated me with gall.27

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      16 He has broken my teeth with gravel;28 he has trampled me in the dust.29

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      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

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          19 I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness31 and the gall.32

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              20 I well remember them, and my soul is downcast33 within me.34

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              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

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              23 They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.38

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              24 I say to myself, "The LORD is my portion;39 therefore I will wait for him."

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              25 The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him;40

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              26 it is good to wait quietly41 for the salvation of the LORD.42

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              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.

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              29 Let him bury his face in the dust44-- there may yet be hope.45

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              30 Let him offer his cheek to one who would strike him,46 and let him be filled with disgrace.47

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              31 For men are not cast off by the Lord forever.48

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              32 Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love.49

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              33 For he does not willingly bring affliction or grief to the children of men.50

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              34 To crush underfoot all prisoners in the land,
              35 to deny a man his rights before the Most High,51

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              36 to deprive a man of justice-- would not the Lord see such things?52

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              37 Who can speak and have it happen if the Lord has not decreed it?53

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

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              39 Why should any living man complain when punished for his sins?55

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              40 Let us examine our ways and test them,56 and let us return to the LORD.57

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              41 Let us lift up our hearts and our hands to God in heaven,58 and say:

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              42 "We have sinned and rebelled59 and you have not forgiven.60

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              43 "You have covered yourself with anger and pursued61 us; you have slain without pity.62

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              44 You have covered yourself with a cloud63 so that no prayer64 can get through.65

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              45 You have made us scum66 and refuse among the nations.

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              46 "All our enemies have opened their mouths wide67 against us.68

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              47 We have suffered terror and pitfalls,69 ruin and destruction.70"

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              48 Streams of tears71 flow from my eyes72 because my people are destroyed.73

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              49 My eyes will flow unceasingly, without relief,74

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              50 until the LORD looks down from heaven and sees.75

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              51 What I see brings grief to my soul because of all the women of my city.
              52 Those who were my enemies without cause hunted me like a bird.76

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              53 They tried to end my life in a pit77 and threw stones at me;

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              54 the waters closed over my head,78 and I thought I was about to be cut off.79

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              55 I called on your name, O LORD, from the depths80 of the pit.81

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              56 You heard my plea:82 "Do not close your ears to my cry for relief."

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              57 You came near83 when I called you, and you said, "Do not fear."84

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              58 O Lord, you took up my case;85 you redeemed my life.86

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              59 You have seen, O LORD, the wrong done to me.87 Uphold my cause!88

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              60 You have seen the depth of their vengeance, all their plots against me.89

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              61 O LORD, you have heard their insults,90 all their plots against me--

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              62 what my enemies whisper and mutter against me all day long.91

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              63 Look at them! Sitting or standing, they mock me in their songs.92

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              64 Pay them back what they deserve, O LORD, for what their hands have done.93

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              65 Put a veil over their hearts,94 and may your curse be on them!

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              66 Pursue95 them in anger and destroy them from under the heavens of the LORD.

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