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Lamentations 3:1-18 (New American Standard)

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Jeremiah Shares Israel's Affliction

1 I am the man who has 1seen affliction Because of the rod of His wrath. 2 He has driven me and made me walk In 2darkness and not in light. 3 Surely against me He has 3turned His hand Repeatedly all the day. 4 He has caused my 4flesh and my skin to waste away, He has 5broken my bones. 5 He has 6besieged and encompassed me with 7bitterness and hardship. 6 In 8dark places He has made me dwell, Like those who have long been dead. 7 He has 9walled me in so that I cannot go out; He has made my a10chain heavy. 8 Even when I cry out and call for help, He 11shuts out my prayer. 9 He has 12blocked my ways with hewn stone; He has made my paths crooked. 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. 12 He 14bent His bow And 15set me as a target for the arrow. 13 He made the barrows of His 16quiver To enter into my cinward parts. 14 I have become a 17laughingstock to all my people, Their mocking 18song all the day. 15 He has 19filled me with bitterness, He has made me drunk with wormwood. 16 He has 20broken my teeth with 21gravel; He has made me cower in the 22dust. 17 My soul has been rejected 23from peace; I have forgotten dhappiness. 18 So I say, "My strength has perished, And so has my 24hope from the LORD."
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