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Lamentations Chapter 3 (Index)

001  I am the man that hath seen affliction by the rod of his wrath.

002  He hath led me, and brought me into darkness, but not into light.

003  Surely against me is he turned; he turneth his hand against me all the day.

004  My flesh and my skin hath he made old: he hath broken my bones.

005  He hath builded against me, and compassed me with gall and travail.

006  He hath set me in dark places, as they that be dead of old.

007  He hath hedged me about, that I cannot get out: he hath made my chain heavy.

008  Also when I cry and shout, he shutteth out my prayer.

009  He hath enclosed my ways with hewn stone, he hath made my paths crooked.

010  He was unto me as a bear lying in wait, and as a lion in secret places.

011  He hath turned aside my ways, and pulled me in pieces: he hath made me desolate.

012  He hath bent his bow, and set me as a mark for the arrow.

013  He hath caused the arrows of his quiver to enter into my reins.

014  I was a derision to all my people; and their song all the day.

015  He hath filled me with bitterness, he hath made me drunken with wormwood.

016  He hath also broken my teeth with gravel stones, he hath covered me with ashes.

017  And thou hast removed my soul far off from peace: I forgat prosperity.

018  And I said, My strength and my hope is perished from the LORD:

019  Remembering mine affliction and my misery, the wormwood and the gall.

020  My soul hath them still in remembrance, and is humbled in me.

021  This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope.

022  It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.

023  They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.

024  The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.

025  The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.

026  It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD.

027  It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth.

028  He sitteth alone and keepeth silence, because he hath borne it upon him.

029  He putteth his mouth in the dust; if so be there may be hope.

030  He giveth his cheek to him that smiteth him: he is filled full with reproach.

031  For the Lord will not cast off for ever:

032  But though he cause grief, yet will he have compassion according to the multitude of his mercies.

033  For he doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the children of men.

034  To crush under his feet all the prisoners of the earth,

035  To turn aside the right of a man before the face of the most High,

036  To subvert a man in his cause, the Lord approveth not.

037  Who is he that saith, and it cometh to pass, when the Lord commandeth it not?

038  Out of the mouth of the most High proceedeth not evil and good?

039  Wherefore doth a living man complain, a man for the punishment of his sins?

040  Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the LORD.

041  Let us lift up our heart with our hands unto God in the heavens.

042  We have transgressed and have rebelled: thou hast not pardoned.

043  Thou hast covered with anger, and persecuted us: thou hast slain, thou hast not pitied.

044  Thou hast covered thyself with a cloud, that our prayer should not pass through.

045  Thou hast made us as the offscouring and refuse in the midst of the people.

046  All our enemies have opened their mouths against us.

047  Fear and a snare is come upon us, desolation and destruction.

048  Mine eye runneth down with rivers of water for the destruction of the daughter of my people.

049  Mine eye trickleth down, and ceaseth not, without any intermission,

050  Till the LORD look down, and behold from heaven.

051  Mine eye affecteth mine heart because of all the daughters of my city.

052  Mine enemies chased me sore, like a bird, without cause.

053  They have cut off my life in the dungeon, and cast a stone upon me.

054  Waters flowed over mine head; then I said, I am cut off.

055  I called upon thy name, O LORD, out of the low dungeon.

056  Thou hast heard my voice: hide not thine ear at my breathing, at my cry.

057  Thou drewest near in the day that I called upon thee: thou saidst, Fear not.

058  O Lord, thou hast pleaded the causes of my soul; thou hast redeemed my life.

059  O LORD, thou hast seen my wrong: judge thou my cause.

060  Thou hast seen all their vengeance and all their imaginations against me.

061  Thou hast heard their reproach, O LORD, and all their imaginations against me;

062  The lips of those that rose up against me, and their device against me all the day.

063  Behold their sitting down, and their rising up; I am their music.

064  Render unto them a recompense, O LORD, according to the work of their hands.

065  Give them sorrow of heart, thy curse unto them.

066  Persecute and destroy them in anger from under the heavens of the LORD.