1 I am the man who has seen affliction by the rod of the LORD’s wrath.
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2 He has driven me away and made me walk in darkness rather than light;
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3 indeed, he has turned his hand against me again and again, all day long.
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4 He has made my skin and my flesh grow old and has broken my bones.
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5 He has besieged me and surrounded me with bitterness and hardship.
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6 He has made me dwell in darkness like those long dead.
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7 He has walled me in so I cannot escape; he has weighed me down with chains.
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8 Even when I call out or cry for help, he shuts out my prayer.
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9 He has barred my way with blocks of stone; he has made my paths crooked.
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10 Like a bear lying in wait, like a lion in hiding,
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11 he dragged me from the path and mangled me and left me without help.
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12 He drew his bow and made me the target for his arrows.
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13 He pierced my heart with arrows from his quiver.
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14 I became the laughingstock of all my people; they mock me in song all day long.
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15 He has filled me with bitter herbs and given me gall to drink.
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16 He has broken my teeth with gravel; he has trampled me in the dust.
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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.”
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      19 I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall.
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          20 I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me.
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          21 Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope:
          22 Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.
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          23 They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
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          24 I say to myself, “The LORD is my portion; 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;
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          26 it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD.
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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, for the LORD has laid it on him.
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          29 Let him bury his face in the dust— there may yet be hope.
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          30 Let him offer his cheek to one who would strike him, and let him be filled with disgrace.
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          31 For no one is cast off by the Lord forever.
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          32 Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love.
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          33 For he does not willingly bring affliction or grief to anyone.
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          34 To crush underfoot all prisoners in the land,
          35 to deny people their rights before the Most High,
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          36 to deprive them of justice— would not the Lord see such things?
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          37 Who can speak and have it happen if the Lord has not decreed it?
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          38 Is it not from the mouth of the Most High that both calamities and good things come?
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          39 Why should the living complain when punished for their sins?
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          40 Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the LORD.
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          41 Let us lift up our hearts and our hands to God in heaven, and say:
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          42 “We have sinned and rebelled and you have not forgiven.
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          43 “You have covered yourself with anger and pursued us; you have slain without pity.
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          44 You have covered yourself with a cloud so that no prayer can get through.
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          45 You have made us scum and refuse among the nations.
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          46 “All our enemies have opened their mouths wide against us.
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          47 We have suffered terror and pitfalls, ruin and destruction.”
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          48 Streams of tears flow from my eyes because my people are destroyed.
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          49 My eyes will flow unceasingly, without relief,
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          50 until the LORD looks down from heaven and sees.
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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.
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          53 They tried to end my life in a pit and threw stones at me;
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          54 the waters closed over my head, and I thought I was about to perish.
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          55 I called on your name, LORD, from the depths of the pit.
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          56 You heard my plea: “Do not close your ears to my cry for relief.”
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          57 You came near when I called you, and you said, “Do not fear.”
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          58 You, Lord, took up my case; you redeemed my life.
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          59 LORD, you have seen the wrong done to me. Uphold my cause!
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          60 You have seen the depth of their vengeance, all their plots against me.
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          61 LORD, you have heard their insults, all their plots against me—
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          62 what my enemies whisper and mutter against me all day long.
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          63 Look at them! Sitting or standing, they mock me in their songs.
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          64 Pay them back what they deserve, LORD, for what their hands have done.
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          65 Put a veil over their hearts, and may your curse be on them!
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          66 Pursue them in anger and destroy them from under the heavens of the LORD.
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            • 95 3:66 - S ver 43