Lamentations 3:19-66 NIV

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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