Lamentations 3:4-14 NIV

4 He has made my skin and my flesh grow old1 and has broken my bones.2

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5 He has besieged me and surrounded me with bitterness3 and hardship.4

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6 He has made me dwell in darkness like those long dead.5

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7 He has walled me in so I cannot escape;6 he has weighed me down with chains.7

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8 Even when I call out or cry for help,8 he shuts out my prayer.9

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      9 He has barred10 my way with blocks of stone; he has made my paths crooked.11

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      10 Like a bear lying in wait, like a lion12 in hiding,13

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      11 he dragged me from the path and mangled14 me and left me without help.

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      12 He drew his bow15 and made me the target16 for his arrows.17

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      13 He pierced18 my heart with arrows from his quiver.19

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      14 I became the laughingstock20 of all my people;21 they mock me in song22 all day long.

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