Lamentations 3
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1O MIGHTY God, see my affliction; I am chastised by the rod of his wrath.

2He has led me, but I walked in darkness and not in light.

3But surely is he turned against me, he turns his hand against me all the day.

4My flesh and my skin he has made old; he has broken my bones.

5He has built ramparts against me, and compassed me with bitterness and travail.

6He has made me to dwell in darkness, like a dead man for ever.

7He has hedged me about, that I cannot escape; he has made my chains heavy.

8Though I beseech and pray, he does not hearken to my prayer.

9He has enclosed my ways with thorns, he has made my paths crooked.

10He has been to me as a wolf lying in wait, and as a lion in secret places.

11He has made my ways crooked, and cut me to pieces; he has made me desolate.

12He has bent his bow, and set me up as a mark for the arrow.

13Behold, he has caused his arrows to enter into my reins.

14I have become the ridicule of all nations; and their scoffing song all the day.

15He has filled me with bitterness, he has made me drunken with wormwood.

16He has broken my teeth with a stone, he has covered me with ashes.

17My soul has gone astray from peace, I have forgotten prosperity.

18And I said, My fame and my hope are perished from the LORD.

19Remember my affliction and my chastisement, the bitterness and the sorrow.

20Remember and restore my life.

21This I recall to mind; therefore I have hope in God.

22Surely the kindness of the LORD never ceases and his mercies never fail.

23They are new every morning; great is thy faithfulness.

24The LORD is my portion, says my soul; therefore I will hope in him.

25The LORD is good to him who waits for him, to the soul that seeks him.

26It is good for a man that he should hope for both the truth and the salvation of the LORD.

27It is good for a man that he bear thy yoke in his youth.

28Let him sit alone and keep silence, because he has laid thy yoke upon him.

29Let him humble himself, for there is hope.

30Let him turn his cheek to him that smites him; let him be filled with reproach.

31For the LORD will not forget for ever.

32But though he cause affliction, yet he will have compassion according to the multitude of his mercies.

33For he does not afflict willingly, but he afflicts the children of the mighty men,

34To subdue under his feet all the prisoners of the earth,

35To turn aside the right of a man toward the face of the Most High.

36To subvert a man in his cause, the LORD does not approve.

37Who is he that says, and it comes to pass, when the LORD has not commanded it?

38Out of the mouth of the Most High evil and good do not come.

39Therefore, why should a living man question concerning punishment for his sins?

40Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the LORD.

41Let us lift up our hearts with our hands to God in heaven.

42We have transgressed and rebelled; and thou hast not pardoned.

43Thou hast covered us with thy anger and pursued us; thou hast slain, thou hast not pitied.

44Thou hast covered thyself with thy cloud; thou hast let our prayer pass by.

45Thou hast made us uprooted and despised among the peoples.

46My eyes run down with tears and do not cease, because there is no comforter,

47Till the LORD look down and behold from heaven.

48My eyes are worn with tears because of the destruction of all the daughters of the cities of my people.

49All our enemies speak evil against us.

50Fear and trembling have come upon us, a snare and destruction.

51I wept vehemently over the destruction of the daughter of my people.

52My enemies have hunted me like a bird, without cause.

53They have cut off my life in a pit; they cast stones at me.

54Water flowed over my head; then I said, I am cast far off.

55I called upon thy name, O LORD, out of the depths of the pit.

56Thou didst hear my voice; turn not thine ear to my cry; but relieve me and save me.

57Thou didst draw near in the day when I called upon thee; thou didst say, Fear not.

58O LORD, thou hast pleaded my cause; thou hast saved my life.

59O LORD, thou hast seen my affliction; thou hast judged my cause.

60Thou hast seen all their vengeance and all their imaginations against me.

61Thou hast heard their reproach, O LORD, and their devices against me,

62The lips of those who rose up against me and their devices against me all day long.

63Behold their conduct and their behavior I do understand, because of their devices.

64Render to them a recompense, O LORD, according to the work of their hands.

65Give them sorrow of heart; let thy affliction pursue them.

66Destroy them in thine anger from under thy heavens, O LORD.

Holy Bible From The Ancient Eastern Texts: Aramaic Of The Peshitta by George M. Lamsa (1933)

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