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Lamentations 3 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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The Prophet’s Anguish and Hope
Hope and Relief Through God’s Mercy

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

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:2 - He has led me and made me walk
In darkness and not in light.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:3 - Surely He has turned His hand against me
Time and time again throughout the day.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:4 - He has aged my flesh and my skin,
And broken my bones.

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

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:6 - He has set me in dark places
Like the dead of long ago.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:7 - He has hedged me in so that I cannot get out;
He has made my chain heavy.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:8 - Even when I cry and shout,
He shuts out my prayer.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:9 - He has blocked my ways with hewn stone;
He has made my paths crooked.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:10 - He has been to me a bear lying in wait,
Like a lion in ambush.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:11 - He has turned aside my ways and torn me in pieces;
He has made me desolate.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:12 - He has bent His bow
And set me up as a target for the arrow.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:13 - He has caused the arrows of His quiver
To pierce my loins.[fn]

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:14 - I have become the ridicule of all my people—
Their taunting song all the day.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:15 - He has filled me with bitterness,
He has made me drink wormwood.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:16 - He has also broken my teeth with gravel,
And covered me with ashes.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:17 - You have moved my soul far from peace;
I have forgotten prosperity.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:18 - And I said, “My strength and my hope
Have perished from the LORD.”

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:19 - Remember my affliction and roaming,
The wormwood and the gall.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:20 - My soul still remembers
And sinks within me.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:21 - This I recall to my mind,
Therefore I have hope.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:22 - Through the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed,
Because His compassions fail not.

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 hope in Him!”

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:25 - The LORD is good to those who wait for Him,
To the soul who seeks Him.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:26 - It is good that one should hope and wait quietly
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 silent,
Because God has laid it on him;

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:29 - Let him put his mouth in the dust—
There may yet be hope.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:30 - Let him give his cheek to the one who strikes him,
And be full of reproach.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:31 - For the Lord will not cast off forever.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:32 - Though He causes grief,
Yet He will show compassion
According to the multitude of His mercies.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:33 - For He does not afflict willingly,
Nor grieve the children of men.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:34 - To crush under one’s feet
All the prisoners of the earth,

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:35 - To turn aside the justice due a man
Before the face of the Most High,

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:36 - Or subvert a man in his cause—
The Lord does not approve.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:37 - Who is he who speaks and it comes to pass,
When the Lord has not commanded it?

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:38 - Is it not from the mouth of the Most High
That woe and well-being proceed?

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:39 - Why should a living man complain,
A man for the punishment of his sins?

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:40 - Let us search out and examine our ways,
And turn back to the LORD;

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:41 - Let us lift our hearts and hands
To God in heaven.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:42 - We have transgressed and rebelled;
You have not pardoned.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:43 - You have covered Yourself with anger
And pursued us;
You have slain and not pitied.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:44 - You have covered Yourself with a cloud,
That prayer should not pass through.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:45 - You have made us an offscouring and refuse
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 - Fear and a snare have come upon us,
Desolation and destruction.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:48 - My eyes overflow with rivers of water
For the destruction of the daughter of my people.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:49 - My eyes flow and do not cease,
Without interruption,

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:50 - Till the LORD from heaven
Looks down and sees.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:51 - My eyes bring suffering to my soul
Because of all the daughters of my city.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:52 - My enemies without cause
Hunted me down like a bird.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:53 - They silenced[fn] my life in the pit
And threw stones at me.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:54 - The waters flowed over my head;
I said, “I am cut off!”

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:55 - I called on Your name, O LORD,
From the lowest pit.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:56 - You have heard my voice:
“Do not hide Your ear
From my sighing, from my cry for help.”

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:57 - You drew near on the day I called on You,
And said, “Do not fear!”

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:58 - O Lord, You have pleaded the case for my soul;
You have redeemed my life.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:59 - O LORD, You have seen how I am wronged;
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, O LORD,
All their schemes against me,

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:62 - The lips of my enemies
And their whispering against me all the day.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:63 - Look at their sitting down and their rising up;
I am their taunting song.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:64 - Repay them, O LORD,
According to the work of their hands.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:65 - Give them a veiled[fn] heart;
Your curse be upon them!

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:66 - In Your anger,
Pursue and destroy them
From under the heavens of the LORD.
NKJV Footnotes
Literally kidneys
Septuagint reads put to death.
A Jewish tradition reads sorrow of.

New King James Version, © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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