Lamentations 3:33-43 NIV

33 For he does not willingly bring affliction or grief to the children of men.1

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34 To crush underfoot all prisoners in the land,
35 to deny a man his rights before the Most High,2

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36 to deprive a man of justice-- would not the Lord see such things?3

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37 Who can speak and have it happen if the Lord has not decreed it?4

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38 Is it not from the mouth of the Most High that both calamities and good things come?5

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39 Why should any living man complain when punished for his sins?6

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40 Let us examine our ways and test them,7 and let us return to the LORD.8

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41 Let us lift up our hearts and our hands to God in heaven,9 and say:

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42 "We have sinned and rebelled10 and you have not forgiven.11

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43 "You have covered yourself with anger and pursued12 us; you have slain without pity.13

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