Jeremiah Shares Israel's Affliction

1 I am the man who has 1seen affliction Because of the rod of His wrath.

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2 He has driven me and made me walk In 2darkness and not in light.

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3 Surely against me He has 3turned His hand Repeatedly all the day.

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4 He has caused my 4flesh and my skin to waste away, He has 5broken my bones.

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5 He has 6besieged * and encompassed me with 7bitterness and hardship.

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6 In 8dark places He has made me dwell, Like those who have long been dead.

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7 He has 9walled me in so that I cannot go out; He has made my 10chain heavy.

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    • a 3:7 - Lit "bronze piece"
      8 Even when I cry out and call for help, He 11shuts out my prayer.

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      9 He has 12blocked my ways with hewn stone; He has made my paths crooked.

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      10 He is to me like a bear lying in wait, Like a lion in secret places.
      11 He has turned aside my ways and 13torn me to pieces; He has made me desolate.

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      12 He 14bent His bow And 15set me as a target for the arrow.

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      13 He made the arrows of His 16quiver To enter into my inward parts.

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        • b 3:13 - Lit "sons"
        • c 3:13 - Lit "kidneys"
          14 I have become a 17laughingstock to all my people, Their mocking 18song all the day.

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          15 He has 19filled me with bitterness, He has made me drunk with wormwood.

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          16 He has 20broken my teeth with 21gravel; He has made me cower in the 22dust.

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          17 My soul has been rejected 23from peace; I have forgotten happiness.

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          18 So I say, "My strength has perished, And so has my 24hope from the LORD."

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          Hope of Relief in God's Mercy

          19 Remember my affliction and my wandering, the 25wormwood and bitterness.

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          20 Surely 26my soul remembers And is 27bowed down within me.

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          21 This I recall to my mind, Therefore * I have 28hope.

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          22 The LORD'S 29lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, 30For His compassions never fail.

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            • f 3:22 - Or "that we are not consumed"
              23 They are new 31every morning; Great is 32Your faithfulness.

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              24 "The LORD is my 33portion," says my soul, "Therefore * I 34have hope in Him."

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              25 The LORD is good to those who 35wait for Him, To the person who 36seeks Him.

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              26 It is good that he 37waits silently For the salvation of the LORD.

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              27 It is good for a man that he should bear The yoke in his youth.
              28 Let him 38sit alone and be silent Since He has laid it on him.

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              29 Let him put his mouth in the 39dust, Perhaps there is 40hope.

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              30 Let him give his 41cheek to the smiter, Let him be filled with reproach.

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              31 For the Lord will 42not reject forever,

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              32 For if He causes grief, Then He will have 43compassion According to His abundant lovingkindness.

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              33 For He 44does not afflict willingly * Or grieve the sons of men.

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              34 To crush under His feet All the prisoners of the land,

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                • k 3:34 - Or "earth"
                  35 To deprive a man of 45justice In the presence of the Most High,

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                    • l 3:35 - Or "turn aside a man's case"
                      36 To 46defraud a man in his lawsuit - Of these things the Lord does not approve.

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                        • m 3:36 - Lit "make crooked"
                        • n 3:36 - Lit "see"
                          37 Who is there who speaks and it 47comes to pass, Unless the Lord has commanded it?

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                          38 Is it not from the mouth of the Most High That 48both good and ill go forth?

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                            • p 3:38 - Lit "the evil" things "and the good"
                              39 Why should any living mortal, or any man, Offer 49complaint in view of his sins?

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                                • q 3:39 - Or "human being"
                                • r 3:39 - Or "on the basis of"
                                  40 Let us 50examine and probe our ways, And let us return to the LORD.

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                                  41 We 51lift up our heart and hands Toward God in heaven;

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                                  42 We have 52transgressed and rebelled, You have 53not pardoned.

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                                  43 You have covered Yourself with 54anger And 55pursued us; You have slain and 56have not spared.

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                                  44 You have 57covered Yourself with a cloud So that 58no prayer can pass through.

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                                  45 You have made us mere 59offscouring and refuse In the midst of the peoples.

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                                  46 All our enemies have 60opened their mouths against us.

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                                  47 61Panic and pitfall have befallen us, Devastation and destruction;

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                                  48 My 62eyes run down with streams of water Because of the destruction of the daughter of my people.

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                                  49 My eyes pour down 63unceasingly *, Without stopping,

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                                  50 Until the LORD 64looks down And sees from heaven.

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                                  51 My eyes bring pain to my soul Because of all the daughters of my city.
                                  52 My enemies 65without cause Hunted me down 66like a bird;

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                                  53 They have silenced me 67in the pit And have 68placed a stone on me.

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                                    • u 3:53 - Lit "my life"
                                    • v 3:53 - Or "cast stones"
                                      54 Waters flowed 69over my head; I said, "I am cut off!"

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                                      55 I 70called on Your name, O LORD, Out of the lowest pit.

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                                      56 You have 71heard my voice, "72Do not hide Your ear from my prayer for relief, From my cry for help."

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                                      57 You 73drew near when I called on You; You said, "74Do not fear!"

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                                      58 O Lord, You 75have pleaded my soul's cause; You have 76redeemed my life.

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                                      59 O LORD, You have 77seen my oppression; 78Judge my case.

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                                      60 You have seen all their vengeance, All their 79schemes against me.

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                                      61 You have heard their 80reproach, O LORD, All their schemes against me.

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                                      62 The 81lips of my assailants and their whispering Are against me all day long.

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                                      63 Look on their 82sitting and their rising; 83I am their mocking song.

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                                      64 You will 84recompense * them, O LORD, According to the work of their hands.

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                                      65 You will give them 85hardness of heart, Your curse will be on them.

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                                      66 You will 86pursue them in anger and destroy them From under the 87heavens of the LORD!

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