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Lamentations 3 BBE/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

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1 I am the man who has seen trouble by the rod of his wrath. 1 I am the man who has seen affliction by the rod of his wrath.
2 By him I have been made to go in the dark where there is no light. 2 He has driven me away and made me walk in darkness rather than light;
3 Truly against me his hand has been turned again and again all the day. 3 indeed, he has turned his hand against me again and again, all day long.
4 My flesh and my skin have been used up by him and my bones broken. 4 He has made my skin and my flesh grow old and has broken my bones.
5 He has put up a wall against me, shutting me in with bitter sorrow. 5 He has besieged me and surrounded me with bitterness and hardship.
6 He has kept me in dark places, like those who have been long dead. 6 He has made me dwell in darkness like those long dead.
7 He has put a wall round me, so that I am not able to go out; he has made great the weight of my chain. 7 He has walled me in so I cannot escape; he has weighed me down with chains.
8 Even when I send up a cry for help, he keeps my prayer shut out. 8 Even when I call out or cry for help, he shuts out my prayer.
9 He has put up a wall of cut stones about my ways, he has made my roads twisted. 9 He has barred my way with blocks of stone; he has made my paths crooked.
10 He is like a bear waiting for me, like a lion in secret places. 10 Like a bear lying in wait, like a lion in hiding,
11 By him my ways have been turned on one side and I have been pulled in bits; he has made me waste. 11 he dragged me from the path and mangled me and left me without help.
12 With his bow bent, he has made me the mark for his arrows. 12 He drew his bow and made me the target for his arrows.
13 He has let loose his arrows into the inmost parts of my body. 13 He pierced my heart with arrows from his quiver.
14 I have become the sport of all the peoples; I am their song all the day. 14 I became the laughingstock of all my people; they mock me in song all day long.
15 He has made my life nothing but pain, he has given me the bitter root in full measure. 15 He has filled me with bitter herbs and sated me with gall.
16 By him my teeth have been broken with crushed stones, and I am bent low in the dust. 16 He has broken my teeth with gravel; he has trampled me in the dust.
17 My soul is sent far away from peace, I have no more memory of good. 17 I have been deprived of peace; I have forgotten what prosperity is.
18 And I said, My strength is cut off, and my hope from the Lord. 18 So I say, "My splendor is gone and all that I had hoped from the LORD."
19 Keep in mind my trouble and my wandering, the bitter root and the poison. 19 I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall.
20 My soul still keeps the memory of them; and is bent down in me. 20 I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me.
21 This I keep in mind, and because of this I have hope. 21 Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope:
22 It is through the Lord's love that we have not come to destruction, because his mercies have no limit. 22 Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.
23 They are new every morning; great is your good faith. 23 They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
24 I said to myself, The Lord is my heritage; and because of this I will have 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 are waiting for him, to the soul which is looking for him. 25 The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him;
26 It is good to go on hoping and quietly waiting for the salvation of the Lord. 26 it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD.
27 It is good for a man to undergo the yoke when he is young. 27 It is good for a man to bear the yoke while he is young.
28 Let him be seated by himself, saying nothing, because he has put it on him. 28 Let him sit alone in silence, for the LORD has laid it on him.
29 Let him put his mouth in the dust, if by chance there may be hope. 29 Let him bury his face in the dust-- there may yet be hope.
30 Let his face be turned to him who gives him blows; let him be full of shame. 30 Let him offer his cheek to one who would strike him, and let him be filled with disgrace.
31 For the Lord does not give a man up for ever. 31 For men are not cast off by the Lord forever.
32 For though he sends grief, still he will have pity in the full measure of his love. 32 Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love.
33 For he has no pleasure in troubling and causing grief to the children of men. 33 For he does not willingly bring affliction or grief to the children of men.
34 In a man's crushing under his feet all the prisoners of the earth, 34 To crush underfoot all prisoners in the land,
35 In his turning away the right of a man before the face of the Most High. 35 to deny a man his rights before the Most High,
36 In his doing wrong to a man in his cause, the Lord has no pleasure. 36 to deprive a man of justice-- would not the Lord see such things?
37 Who is able to say a thing, and give effect to it, if it has not been ordered by the Lord? 37 Who can speak and have it happen if the Lord has not decreed it?
38 Do not evil and good come from the mouth of the Most High? 38 Is it not from the mouth of the Most High that both calamities and good things come?
39 What protest may a living man make, even a man about the punishment of his sin? 39 Why should any living man complain when punished for his sins?
40 Let us make search and put our ways to the test, turning again to the Lord; 40 Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the LORD.
41 Lifting up our hearts with our hands to God in the heavens. 41 Let us lift up our hearts and our hands to God in heaven, and say:
42 We have done wrong and gone against your law; we have not had your forgiveness. 42 "We have sinned and rebelled and you have not forgiven.
43 Covering yourself with wrath you have gone after us, cutting us off without pity; 43 "You have covered yourself with anger and pursued us; you have slain without pity.
44 Covering yourself with a cloud, so that prayer may not get through. 44 You have covered yourself with a cloud so that no prayer can get through.
45 You have made us like waste and that for which there is no use, among the peoples. 45 You have made us scum and refuse among the nations.
46 The mouths of all our haters are open wide against us. 46 "All our enemies have opened their mouths wide against us.
47 Fear and deep waters have come on us, wasting and destruction. 47 We have suffered terror and pitfalls, ruin and destruction."
48 Rivers of water are running down from my eyes, for the destruction of the daughter of my people. 48 Streams of tears flow from my eyes because my people are destroyed.
49 My eyes are streaming without stopping, they have no rest, 49 My eyes will flow unceasingly, without relief,
50 Till the Lord's eye is turned on me, till he sees my trouble from heaven. 50 until the LORD looks down from heaven and sees.
51 The Lord is unkind to my soul, more than all the daughters of my town. 51 What I see brings grief to my soul because of all the women of my city.
52 They who are against me without cause have gone hard after me as if I was a bird; 52 Those who were my enemies without cause hunted me like a bird.
53 They have put an end to my life in the prison, stoning me with stones. 53 They tried to end my life in a pit and threw stones at me;
54 Waters were flowing over my head; I said, I am cut off. 54 the waters closed over my head, and I thought I was about to be cut off.
55 I was making prayer to your name, O Lord, out of the lowest prison. 55 I called on your name, O LORD, from the depths of the pit.
56 My voice came to you; let not your ear be shut to my breathing, to my cry. 56 You heard my plea: "Do not close your ears to my cry for relief."
57 You came near in the day when I made my prayer to you: you said, Have no fear. 57 You came near when I called you, and you said, "Do not fear."
58 O Lord, you have taken up the cause of my soul, you have made my life safe. 58 O Lord, you took up my case; you redeemed my life.
59 O Lord, you have seen my wrong; be judge in my cause. 59 You have seen, O LORD, the wrong done to me. Uphold my cause!
60 You have seen all the evil rewards they have sent on me, and all their designs against me. 60 You have seen the depth of their vengeance, all their plots against me.
61 Their bitter words have come to your ears, O Lord, and all their designs against me; 61 O LORD, you have heard their insults, all their plots against me--
62 The lips of those who came up against me, and their thoughts against me all the day. 62 what my enemies whisper and mutter against me all day long.
63 Take note of them when they are seated, and when they get up; I am their song. 63 Look at them! Sitting or standing, they mock me in their songs.
64 You will give them their reward, O Lord, answering to the work of their hands. 64 Pay them back what they deserve, O LORD, for what their hands have done.
65 You will let their hearts be covered over with your curse on them. 65 Put a veil over their hearts, and may your curse be on them!
66 You will go after them in wrath, and put an end to them from under the heavens of the Lord. 66 Pursue them in anger and destroy them from under the heavens of the LORD.