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Lamentations 3 NIRV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 I am a man who has suffered greatly. The LORD has used the Babylonians to punish our people. 1 I am the man who has seen affliction by the rod of his wrath.
2 He has driven me away. He has made me walk in darkness instead of light. 2 He has driven me away and made me walk in darkness rather than light;
3 He has turned his powerful hand against me. He has done it again and again, all day long. 3 indeed, he has turned his hand against me again and again, all day long.
4 He has worn my body out. He has broken my bones. 4 He has made my skin and my flesh grow old and has broken my bones.
5 He has surrounded me and attacked me. He has made me suffer bitterly. He has made things hard for me. 5 He has besieged me and surrounded me with bitterness and hardship.
6 He has made me live in darkness like those who are dead and gone. 6 He has made me dwell in darkness like those long dead.
7 He has built walls around me. I can't escape. He has put heavy chains on me. 7 He has walled me in so I cannot escape; he has weighed me down with chains.
8 I call out and cry for help. But he won't listen to me when I pray. 8 Even when I call out or cry for help, he shuts out my prayer.
9 He has put up a stone wall to block my way. He has made my paths crooked. 9 He has barred my way with blocks of stone; he has made my paths crooked.
10 He has been like a bear waiting to attack me. He has been like a lion hiding in the bushes. 10 Like a bear lying in wait, like a lion in hiding,
11 He has dragged me off the path. He has torn me to pieces. And he has left me helpless. 11 he dragged me from the path and mangled me and left me without help.
12 He has gotten his bow ready to use. He has shot his arrows at me. 12 He drew his bow and made me the target for his arrows.
13 The arrows from his bag have gone through my heart. 13 He pierced my heart with arrows from his quiver.
14 My people laugh at me all the time. They sing and make fun of me all day long. 14 I became the laughingstock of all my people; they mock me in song all day long.
15 The LORD has made my life bitter. He has made me suffer bitterly. 15 He has filled me with bitter herbs and sated me with gall.
16 He made me chew stones that broke my teeth. He has walked all over me in the dust. 16 He has broken my teeth with gravel; he has trampled me in the dust.
17 I have lost all hope of ever having any peace. I've forgotten what good times are like. 17 I have been deprived of peace; I have forgotten what prosperity is.
18 So I say, "My glory has faded away. My hope in the LORD is gone." 18 So I say, "My splendor is gone and all that I had hoped from the LORD."
19 I remember how I suffered and wandered. I remember how bitter my life was. 19 I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall.
20 I remember it very well. My spirit is very sad deep down inside me. 20 I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me.
21 But here is something else I remember. And it gives me hope. 21 Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope:
22 The LORD loves us very much. So we haven't been completely destroyed. His loving concern never fails. 22 Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.
23 His great love is new every morning. Lord, how faithful you are! 23 They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
24 I say to myself, "The LORD is everything I will ever need. So I will put my hope in him." 24 I say to myself, "The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him."
25 The LORD is good to those who put their hope in him. He is good to those who look to him. 25 The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him;
26 It is good when people wait quietly for the LORD to save them. 26 it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD.
27 It is good for a man to carry a heavy load of suffering while he is young. 27 It is good for a man to bear the yoke while he is young.
28 Let him sit alone and not say anything. The LORD has placed that load on him. 28 Let him sit alone in silence, for the LORD has laid it on him.
29 Let him bury his face in the dust. There might still be hope for him. 29 Let him bury his face in the dust-- there may yet be hope.
30 Let him turn his cheek toward those who would slap him. Let him be filled with shame. 30 Let him offer his cheek to one who would strike him, and let him be filled with disgrace.
31 The Lord doesn't turn his back on people forever. 31 For men are not cast off by the Lord forever.
32 He might bring suffering. But he will also show loving concern. How great his faithful love is! 32 Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love.
33 He doesn't want to bring pain or suffering to people. 33 For he does not willingly bring affliction or grief to the children of men.
34 Every time people crush prisoners under their feet, the Lord knows all about it. 34 To crush underfoot all prisoners in the land,
35 When people refuse to give a man his rights, the Most High God knows it. 35 to deny a man his rights before the Most High,
36 When people don't treat a man fairly, the Lord knows it. 36 to deprive a man of justice-- would not the Lord see such things?
37 Suppose people order something to happen. It won't happen unless the Lord has planned it. 37 Who can speak and have it happen if the Lord has not decreed it?
38 Troubles and good things alike come to people because the Most High God has commanded them to come. 38 Is it not from the mouth of the Most High that both calamities and good things come?
39 A man who is still alive shouldn't blame God when God punishes him for his sins. 39 Why should any living man complain when punished for his sins?
40 Let's take a good look at the way we're living. Let's return to the Lord. 40 Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the LORD.
41 Let's lift up our hands to God in heaven. Let's pray to him with all our hearts. 41 Let us lift up our hearts and our hands to God in heaven, and say:
42 Let's say, "We have sinned. We've refused to obey you. And you haven't forgiven us. 42 "We have sinned and rebelled and you have not forgiven.
43 "You have covered yourself with the cloud of your anger. You have chased us. You have killed our people without pity. 43 "You have covered yourself with anger and pursued us; you have slain without pity.
44 You have covered yourself with the cloud of your anger. Our prayers can't get through to you. 44 You have covered yourself with a cloud so that no prayer can get through.
45 You have made us become like trash and garbage among the nations. 45 You have made us scum and refuse among the nations.
46 "All of our enemies have opened their mouths wide to swallow us up. 46 "All our enemies have opened their mouths wide against us.
47 We are terrified and trapped. We are broken and destroyed." 47 We have suffered terror and pitfalls, ruin and destruction."
48 Streams of tears flow from my eyes. That's because my people are destroyed. 48 Streams of tears flow from my eyes because my people are destroyed.
49 Tears will never stop flowing from my eyes. My eyes can't get any rest. 49 My eyes will flow unceasingly, without relief,
50 I'll sob until the LORD looks down from heaven. I'll cry until he notices my tears. 50 until the LORD looks down from heaven and sees.
51 What I see brings pain to my spirit. All of the people in my city are suffering so much. 51 What I see brings grief to my soul because of all the women of my city.
52 Those who were my enemies for no reason at all hunted me down as if I were a bird. 52 Those who were my enemies without cause hunted me like a bird.
53 They tried to end my life by throwing me into a deep pit. They threw stones down at me. 53 They tried to end my life in a pit and threw stones at me;
54 The water rose and covered my head. I thought I was going to die. 54 the waters closed over my head, and I thought I was about to be cut off.
55 Lord, I called out to you. I called out from the bottom of the pit. 55 I called on your name, O LORD, from the depths of the pit.
56 I prayed, "Please don't close your ears to my cry for help." And you heard my appeal. 56 You heard my plea: "Do not close your ears to my cry for relief."
57 You came near when I called out to you. You said, "Do not be afraid." 57 You came near when I called you, and you said, "Do not fear."
58 Lord, you stood up for me in court. You saved my life and set me free. 58 O Lord, you took up my case; you redeemed my life.
59 Lord, you have seen the wrong things people have done to me. Stand up for me again! 59 You have seen, O LORD, the wrong done to me. Uphold my cause!
60 You have seen how my enemies have tried to get even with me. You know all about their plans against me. 60 You have seen the depth of their vengeance, all their plots against me.
61 Lord, you have heard them laugh at me. You know all about their plans against me. 61 O LORD, you have heard their insults, all their plots against me--
62 You have heard my enemies whispering among themselves. They speak against me all day long. 62 what my enemies whisper and mutter against me all day long.
63 Just look at them sitting and standing there! They sing and make fun of me. 63 Look at them! Sitting or standing, they mock me in their songs.
64 Lord, pay them back. Punish them for what their hands have done. 64 Pay them back what they deserve, O LORD, for what their hands have done.
65 Cover their minds with a veil. Put a curse on them! 65 Put a veil over their hearts, and may your curse be on them!
66 Lord, get angry with them and hunt them down. Wipe them off the face of the earth. 66 Pursue them in anger and destroy them from under the heavens of the LORD.