Lamentations 3:1-36 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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              21 Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope:
              22 Because of the LORD's great love35 we are not consumed,36 for his compassions never fail.37

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              23 They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.38

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              24 I say to myself, "The LORD is my portion;39 therefore I will wait for him."

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              25 The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him;40

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              26 it is good to wait quietly41 for the salvation of the LORD.42

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              27 It is good for a man to bear the yoke while he is young.
              28 Let him sit alone in silence,43 for the LORD has laid it on him.

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              29 Let him bury his face in the dust44-- there may yet be hope.45

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              30 Let him offer his cheek to one who would strike him,46 and let him be filled with disgrace.47

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              31 For men are not cast off by the Lord forever.48

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              32 Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love.49

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              33 For he does not willingly bring affliction or grief to the children of men.50

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              34 To crush underfoot all prisoners in the land,
              35 to deny a man his rights before the Most High,51

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              36 to deprive a man of justice-- would not the Lord see such things?52

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