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Lamentations 3 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Great Is Your Faithfulness

 

I am the man who has seen affliction

under the rod of his wrath;

he has driven and brought me

into darkness without any light;

surely against me he turns his hand

again and again the whole day long.

   

He has made my flesh and my skin waste away;

he has broken my bones;

he has besieged and enveloped me

with bitterness and tribulation;

he has made me dwell in darkness

like the dead of long ago.

   

He has walled me about so that I cannot escape;

he has made my chains heavy;

though I call and cry for help,

he shuts out my prayer;

he has blocked my ways with blocks of stones;

he has made my paths crooked.

   

10 He is a bear lying in wait for me,

a lion in hiding;

11 he turned aside my steps and tore me to pieces;

he has made me desolate;

12 he bent his bow and set me

as a target for his arrow.

   

13 He drove into my kidneys

the arrows of his quiver;

14 I have become the laughingstock of all peoples,

the object of their taunts all day long.

15 He has filled me with bitterness;

he has sated me with wormwood.

   

16 He has made my teeth grind on gravel,

and made me cower in ashes;

17 my soul is bereft of peace;

I have forgotten what happiness[fn] is;

18 so I say, “My endurance has perished;

so has my hope from the LORD.”

   

19 Remember my affliction and my wanderings,

the wormwood and the gall!

20 My soul continually remembers it

and is bowed down within me.

21 But this I call to mind,

and therefore I have hope:

   

22 The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases;[fn]

his mercies never come to an end;

23 they are new every morning;

great is your faithfulness.

24 “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul,

“therefore I will hope in him.”

   

25 The LORD is good to those who wait for him,

to the soul who seeks him.

26 It is good that one should wait quietly

for the salvation of the LORD.

27 It is good for a man that he bear

the yoke in his youth.

   

28 Let him sit alone in silence

when it is laid on him;

29 let him put his mouth in the dust—

there may yet be hope;

30 let him give his cheek to the one who strikes,

and let him be filled with insults.

   

31 For the Lord will not

cast off forever,

32 but, though he cause grief, he will have compassion

according to the abundance of his steadfast love;

33 for he does not afflict from his heart

or grieve the children of men.

   

34 To crush underfoot

all the prisoners of the earth,

35 to deny a man justice

in the presence of the Most High,

36 to subvert a man in his lawsuit,

the Lord does not approve.

   

37 Who has spoken and it came to pass,

unless the Lord has commanded it?

38 Is it not from the mouth of the Most High

that good and bad come?

39 Why should a living man complain,

a man, about the punishment of his sins?

   

40 Let us test and examine our ways,

and return to the LORD!

41 Let us lift up our hearts and hands

to God in heaven:

42 “We have transgressed and rebelled,

and you have not forgiven.

   

43 “You have wrapped yourself with anger and pursued us,

killing without pity;

44 you have wrapped yourself with a cloud

so that no prayer can pass through.

45 You have made us scum and garbage

among the peoples.

   

46 “All our enemies

open their mouths against us;

47 panic and pitfall have come upon us,

devastation and destruction;

48 my eyes flow with rivers of tears

because of the destruction of the daughter of my people.

   

49 “My eyes will flow without ceasing,

without respite,

50 until the LORD from heaven

looks down and sees;

51 my eyes cause me grief

at the fate of all the daughters of my city.

   

52 “I have been hunted like a bird

by those who were my enemies without cause;

53 they flung me alive into the pit

and cast stones on me;

54 water closed over my head;

I said, ‘I am lost.’

   

55 “I called on your name, O LORD,

from the depths of the pit;

56 you heard my plea, ‘Do not close

your ear to my cry for help!’

57 You came near when I called on you;

you said, ‘Do not fear!’

   

58 “You have taken up my cause, O Lord;

you have redeemed my life.

59 You have seen the wrong done to me, O LORD;

judge my cause.

60 You have seen all their vengeance,

all their plots against me.

   

61 “You have heard their taunts, O LORD,

all their plots against me.

62 The lips and thoughts of my assailants

are against me all the day long.

63 Behold their sitting and their rising;

I am the object of their taunts.

   

64 “You will repay them,[fn] O LORD,

according to the work of their hands.

65 You will give them[fn] dullness of heart;

your curse will be[fn] on them.

66 You will pursue them[fn] in anger and destroy them

from under your heavens, O LORD.”[fn]

 
ESV Footnotes
Hebrew good
Syriac, Targum; Hebrew Because of the steadfast love of the LORD, we are not cut off
Or Repay them
Or Give them
Or place your curse
Or Pursue them
Syriac (compare Septuagint, Vulgate); Hebrew the heavens of the LORD

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