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Lamentations 3 :: New American Standard Bible 2020 (NASB20)

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Jeremiah Shares Israel’s Misery

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:1 - I am the man who has seen misery
Because of the rod of His wrath.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:2 - He has driven me and made me walk
In darkness and not in light.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:3 - Indeed, He has turned His hand against me
Repeatedly all the day.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:4 - He has consumed my flesh and my skin,
He has broken my bones.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:5 - He has [fn]besieged and surrounded me with [fn]bitterness and hardship.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:6 - He has made me live in dark places,
Like those who have long been dead.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:7 - He has walled me in so that I cannot go out;
He has made my [fn]chain heavy.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:8 - Even when I cry out and call for help,
He shuts out my prayer.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:9 - He has blocked my ways with cut stone;
He has twisted my paths.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:10 - He is to me like a bear lying in wait,
Like a lion in secret places.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:11 - He has made my ways deviate, and torn me to pieces;
He has made me desolate.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:12 - He bent His bow
And took aim at me as a target for the arrow.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:13 - He made the [fn]arrows of His quiver
Enter my [fn]inward parts.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:14 - I have become a laughingstock to all my people,
Their song of ridicule all the day.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:15 - He has filled me with bitterness,
He has made me drink plenty of wormwood.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:16 - He has also made my teeth grind with gravel;
He has made me cower in the dust.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:17 - My soul has been excluded from peace;
I have forgotten [fn]happiness.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:18 - So I say, “My [fn]strength has failed,
And so has my hope from the LORD.”

Hope of Relief in God’s Mercy

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:19 - Remember my misery and my homelessness, the wormwood and [fn]bitterness.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:20 - My soul certainly remembers,
And [fn]is bent over within me.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:21 - I recall this to my mind,
Therefore I [fn]wait.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:22 - [fn]The LORD’S acts of mercy indeed do not end,
For His compassions do not fail.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:23 - They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:24 - “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul,
“Therefore I [fn]wait for Him.”
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:25 - The LORD is good to those who [fn]await Him,
To the [fn]person who seeks Him.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:26 - It is good that he waits silently
For the salvation of the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:27 - It is good for a man to bear
The yoke in his youth.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:28 - Let him sit alone and keep quiet,
Since He has laid it on him.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:29 - Let him [fn]put his mouth in the dust;
Perhaps there is hope.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:30 - Let him give his cheek to the one who is going to strike him;
Let him be filled with shame.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:31 - For the Lord will not reject forever,
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:32 - For if He causes grief,
Then He will have compassion
In proportion to His abundant mercy.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:33 - For He does not [fn]afflict [fn]willingly
Or [fn]grieve the sons of mankind.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:34 - To crush under [fn]one’s feet
All the prisoners of the [fn]land,
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:35 - To [fn]deprive a man of justice
In the presence of the Most High,
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:36 - To [fn]defraud someone in his lawsuit
Of these things the Lord does not [fn]approve.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:37 - Who is [fn]there who speaks and it comes to pass,
Unless the Lord has commanded it?
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:38 - Is it not from the mouth of the Most High
That [fn]both adversity and good proceed?
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:39 - Of what can any living [fn]mortal, or any man,
Complain [fn]in view of his sins?
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:40 - Let’s examine and search out our ways,
And let’s return to the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:41 - We raise our heart [fn]and hands
Toward God in heaven;
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:42 - We have done wrong and rebelled;
You have not pardoned.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:43 - You have covered Yourself with anger
And pursued us;
You have slain and have not spared.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:44 - You have veiled Yourself with a cloud
So that no prayer can pass through.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:45 - You have made us mere refuse and rubbish
In the midst of the peoples.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:46 - All our enemies have opened their mouths against us.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:47 - Panic and pitfall have come upon us,
Devastation and destruction;
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:48 - My [fn]eyes run down with streams of water
Because of the destruction of the daughter of my people.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:49 - My eyes flow unceasingly,
Without stopping,
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:50 - Until the LORD looks down
And sees from heaven.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:51 - My eyes bring pain to my soul
Because of all the daughters of my city.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:52 - My enemies without reason
Hunted me down like a bird;
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:53 - They have silenced [fn]me in the pit
And have [fn]thrown stones on me.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:54 - Waters flowed over my head;
I said, “I am [fn]cut off!”
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:55 - I called on Your name, LORD,
Out of the lowest pit.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:56 - You have heard my voice,
“Do not cover Your ear from my plea for relief,
From my cry for help.”
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:57 - You came near on the day I called to You;
You said, “Do not fear!”
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:58 - Lord, You have pleaded my soul’s cause;
You have redeemed my life.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:59 - LORD, You have seen my oppression;
Judge my case.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:60 - You have seen all their vengeance,
All their schemes against me.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:61 - You have heard their reproach, LORD,
All their schemes against me.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:62 - The lips of my assailants and their talk
Are against me all day long.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:63 - Look at their [fn]sitting and their rising;
I am their mocking song.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:64 - You will repay them, LORD,
In accordance with the work of their hands.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:65 - You will give them [fn]shamelessness of heart,
Your curse will be on them.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:66 - You will pursue them in anger and eliminate them
From under the heavens of the LORD!
NASB20 Footnotes
Lit built against
Lit poison
Lit bronze piece
Lit sons
Lit kidneys
Lit good
Or splendor
Lit poison
Or bows down
Lit have hope
As in ancient versions; MT It is...mercy that we do not end
Or hope in
Or hope in
Lit soul
Lit give
Or oppress
Lit from His heart
Or torment
Lit his
Or earth
Or turn aside a man’s case
Lit bend
Lit see
Lit this
Lit the evil things and the good
Or human being
Or on the basis of
Lit toward our
Lit eye goes down
Lit my life
Or thrown a stone
Or destroyed
I.e., daily activities
Or insanity
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