Lamentations 3:8-18 NIV

8 Even when I call out or cry for help,1 he shuts out my prayer.2

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      9 He has barred3 my way with blocks of stone; he has made my paths crooked.4

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      10 Like a bear lying in wait, like a lion5 in hiding,6

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      11 he dragged me from the path and mangled7 me and left me without help.

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      12 He drew his bow8 and made me the target9 for his arrows.10

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      13 He pierced11 my heart with arrows from his quiver.12

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      14 I became the laughingstock13 of all my people;14 they mock me in song15 all day long.

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      15 He has filled me with bitter herbs and sated me with gall.16

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      16 He has broken my teeth with gravel;17 he has trampled me in the dust.18

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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."19

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