Lamentations 3:1-20 NIV

1 I am the man who has seen affliction1 by the rod of his wrath.2

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2 He has driven me away and made me walk in darkness3 rather than light;

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3 indeed, he has turned his hand against me4 again and again, all day long.

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4 He has made my skin and my flesh grow old5 and has broken my bones.6

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5 He has besieged me and surrounded me with bitterness7 and hardship.8

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6 He has made me dwell in darkness like those long dead.9

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7 He has walled me in so I cannot escape;10 he has weighed me down with chains.11

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8 Even when I call out or cry for help,12 he shuts out my prayer.13

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      9 He has barred14 my way with blocks of stone; he has made my paths crooked.15

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      10 Like a bear lying in wait, like a lion16 in hiding,17

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      11 he dragged me from the path and mangled18 me and left me without help.

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      12 He drew his bow19 and made me the target20 for his arrows.21

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      13 He pierced22 my heart with arrows from his quiver.23

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      14 I became the laughingstock24 of all my people;25 they mock me in song26 all day long.

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      15 He has filled me with bitter herbs and sated me with gall.27

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      16 He has broken my teeth with gravel;28 he has trampled me in the dust.29

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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."30

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          19 I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness31 and the gall.32

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              20 I well remember them, and my soul is downcast33 within me.34

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