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Lamentations 3 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:1 - I am the man who has seen affliction by the rod of the LORD’s wrath.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:2 - He has driven me away and made me walk in darkness rather than light;

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:3 - indeed, he has turned his hand against me again and again, all day long.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:4 - He has made my skin and my flesh grow old and has broken my bones.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:5 - He has besieged me and surrounded me with bitterness and hardship.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:6 - He has made me dwell in darkness like those long dead.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:7 - He has walled me in so I cannot escape; he has weighed me down with chains.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:8 - Even when I call out or cry for help, he shuts out my prayer.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:9 - He has barred my way with blocks of stone; he has made my paths crooked.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:10 - Like a bear lying in wait, like a lion in hiding,

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:11 - he dragged me from the path and mangled me and left me without help.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:12 - He drew his bow and made me the target for his arrows.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:13 - He pierced my heart with arrows from his quiver.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:14 - I became the laughingstock of all my people; they mock me in song all day long.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:15 - He has filled me with bitter herbs and given me gall to drink.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:16 - He has broken my teeth with gravel; he has trampled me in the dust.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:17 - I have been deprived of peace; I have forgotten what prosperity is.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:18 - So I say, “My splendor is gone and all that I had hoped from the LORD.”

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:19 - I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:20 - I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:21 - Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope:

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:22 - Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:23 - They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:24 - I say to myself, “The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.”

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:25 - The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him;

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:26 - it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:27 - It is good for a man to bear the yoke while he is young.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:28 - Let him sit alone in silence, for the LORD has laid it on him.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:29 - Let him bury his face in the dust— there may yet be hope.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:30 - Let him offer his cheek to one who would strike him, and let him be filled with disgrace.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:31 - For no one is cast off by the Lord forever.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:32 - Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:33 - For he does not willingly bring affliction or grief to anyone.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:34 - To crush underfoot all prisoners in the land,

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:35 - to deny people their rights before the Most High,

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:36 - to deprive them of justice— would not the Lord see such things?

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:37 - Who can speak and have it happen if the Lord has not decreed it?

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:38 - Is it not from the mouth of the Most High that both calamities and good things come?

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:39 - Why should the living complain when punished for their sins?

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:40 - Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the LORD.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:41 - Let us lift up our hearts and our hands to God in heaven, and say:

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:42 - “We have sinned and rebelled and you have not forgiven.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:43 - “You have covered yourself with anger and pursued us; you have slain without pity.

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 scum and refuse among the nations.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:46 - “All our enemies have opened their mouths wide against us.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:47 - We have suffered terror and pitfalls, ruin and destruction.”

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:48 - Streams of tears flow from my eyes because my people are destroyed.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:49 - My eyes will flow unceasingly, without relief,

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:50 - until the LORD looks down from heaven and sees.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:51 - What I see brings grief to my soul because of all the women of my city.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:52 - Those who were my enemies without cause hunted me like a bird.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:53 - They tried to end my life in a pit and threw stones at me;

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:54 - the waters closed over my head, and I thought I was about to perish.

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 close your ears to my cry for relief.”

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:57 - You came near when I called you, and you said, “Do not fear.”

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:58 - You, Lord, took up my case; you redeemed my life.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:59 - LORD, you have seen the wrong done to me. Uphold my cause!

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:60 - You have seen the depth of their vengeance, all their plots against me.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:61 - LORD, you have heard their insults, all their plots against me—

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:62 - what my enemies whisper and mutter against me all day long.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:63 - Look at them! Sitting or standing, they mock me in their songs.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:64 - Pay them back what they deserve, LORD, for what their hands have done.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:65 - Put a veil over their hearts, and may your curse be on them!

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:66 - Pursue them in anger and destroy them from under the heavens of the LORD.

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