Lamentations 3:1-20 NIV

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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