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Lamentations 3 :: Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

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Hope through God’s Mercy

א Aleph

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:1 -

I am the man who has seen affliction

under the rod of God’s wrath.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:2 -

He has driven me away and forced me to walk

in darkness instead of light.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:3 -

Yes, he repeatedly turns his hand

against me all day long.

ב Beth

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:4 -

He has worn away my flesh and skin;

he has broken my bones.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:5 -

He has laid siege against me,

encircling me with bitterness and hardship.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:6 -

He has made me dwell in darkness

like those who have been dead for ages.

ג Gimel

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:7 -

He has walled me in so I cannot get out;

he has weighed me down with chains.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:8 -

Even when I cry out and plead for help,

he blocks out my prayer.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:9 -

He has walled in my ways with blocks of stone;

he has made my paths crooked.

ד Daleth

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:10 -

He is[fn] a bear waiting in ambush,

a lion in hiding.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:11 -

He forced me off my way and tore me to pieces;

he left me desolate.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:12 -

He strung his bow

and set me as the target for his arrow.

ה He

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:13 -

He pierced my kidneys

with shafts from his quiver.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:14 -

I am a laughingstock to all my people,[fn]

mocked by their songs all day long.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:15 -

He filled me with bitterness,

satiated me with wormwood.

ו Waw

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:16 -

He ground my teeth with gravel

and made me cower[fn] in the dust.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:17 -

I have been deprived[fn] of peace;

I have forgotten what prosperity is.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:18 -

Then I thought, “My future[fn] is lost,

as well as my hope from the LORD.”

ז Zayin

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:19 -

Remember[fn] my affliction and my homelessness,

the wormwood and the poison.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:20 -

I continually remember them

and have become depressed.[fn]

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:21 -

Yet I call this to mind,

and therefore I have hope:

ח Cheth

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:22 -

Because of the LORD’s faithful love

we do not perish,[fn]

for his mercies never end.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:23 -

They are new every morning;

great is your faithfulness!

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:24 -

I say, “The LORD is my portion,

therefore I will put my hope in him.”

ט Teth

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:25 -

The LORD is good to those who wait for him,

to the person who seeks him.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:26 -

It is good to wait quietly

for salvation from the LORD.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:27 -

It is good for a man to bear the yoke

while he is still young.

י Yod

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:28 -

Let him sit alone and be silent,

for God has disciplined[fn] him.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:29 -

Let him put his mouth in the dust —

perhaps there is still hope.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:30 -

Let him offer his cheek

to the one who would strike him;

let him be filled with disgrace.

כ Kaph

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:31 -

For the Lord

will not reject us forever.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:32 -

Even if he causes suffering,

he will show compassion

according to the abundance of his faithful love.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:33 -

For he does not enjoy bringing affliction

or suffering on mankind.

ל Lamed

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:34 -

Crushing all the prisoners of the land[fn]

beneath one’s feet,

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:35 -

denying justice to a man

in the presence of the Most High,

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:36 -

or subverting a person in his lawsuit —

the Lord does not approve of these things.

מ Mem

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:37 -

Who is there who speaks and it happens,

unless the Lord has ordained it?

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:38 -

Do not both adversity and good

come from the mouth of the Most High?

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:39 -

Why should any living person complain,

any man, because of the punishment for his sins?

נ Nun

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:40 -

Let us examine and probe our ways,

and turn back to the LORD.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:41 -

Let us lift up our hearts and our hands

to God in heaven:

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:42 -

“We have sinned and rebelled;

you have not forgiven.

ס Samek

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:43 -

“You have covered yourself in anger and pursued us;

you have killed without compassion.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:44 -

“You have covered yourself with a cloud

so that no prayer can get through.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:45 -

“You have made us disgusting filth

among the peoples.

פ Pe

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:46 -

“All our enemies

open their mouths against us.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:47 -

“We have experienced panic and pitfall,

devastation and destruction.”

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:48 -

My eyes flow with streams of tears

because of the destruction of my dear people.

ע Ayin

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:49 -

My eyes overflow unceasingly,

without end,

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:50 -

until the LORD looks down

from heaven and sees.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:51 -

My eyes bring me grief

because of the fate of all the women in my city.

צ Tsade

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:52 -

For no reason, my enemies[fn]

hunted me like a bird.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:53 -

They smothered my life in[fn] a pit

and threw stones on me.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:54 -

Water flooded over my head,

and I thought, “I’m going to die! ”

ק Qoph

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:55 -

I called on your name, LORD,

from the depths of the pit.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:56 -

You heard my plea:

Do not ignore my cry for relief.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:57 -

You came near whenever I called you;

you said, “Do not be afraid.”

ר Resh

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:58 -

You championed my cause, Lord;

you redeemed my life.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:59 -

LORD, you saw the wrong done to me;

judge my case.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:60 -

You saw all their vengefulness,

all their plots against me.

ׂש Sin /  Shin

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:61 -

LORD, you heard their insults,

all their plots against me.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:62 -

The slander[fn] and murmuring of my opponents

attack me all day long.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:63 -

When they sit and when they rise, look,

I am mocked by their songs.

ת Taw

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:64 -

You will pay them back what they deserve, LORD,

according to the work of their hands.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:65 -

You will give them a heart filled with anguish.[fn]

May your curse be on them!

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:66 -

You will pursue them in anger and destroy them

under your heavens.[fn]

CSB Footnotes
Lit is to me
Some Hb mss, LXX, Vg; other Hb mss, Syr read all peoples
Or and trampled me
Syr, Vg; MT reads You deprived my soul
Or splendor
Or I remember
Alt Hb tradition reads and you cause me to collapse
One Hb mss, Syr, Tg read The Lord’s faithful love, indeed, does not perish
Lit has laid a burden on
Or earth
Or Those who were my enemies for no reason
Or They ended my life in ; Hb obscure
Lit lips
Or them an obstinate heart ; Hb obscure
Lit under the Lord’s heavens

Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 2017 by Holman Bible Publishers.

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