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Lamentations 3

3:1 I Am the man that hath seene affliction by the rod of his wrath. 3:2 He hath led me and brought mee into darkenesse, but not into light. 3:3 Surely against me is he turned, he turneth his hand against me all the day. 3:4 My flesh and my skinne hath he made old, he hath broken my bones. 3:5 He hath builded against me, and compassed me with gall and trauel. 3:6 He hath set me in darke places, as they that be dead of old. 3:7 He hath hedged me about, that I cannot get out: hee hath made my chaine heauie. 3:8 Also when I cry and shout, he shutteth out my prayer. 3:9 Hee hath inclosed my wayes with hewen stone: he hath made my pathes crooked. 3:10 He was vnto me as a Beare lying in waite, and as a Lion in secret places. 3:11 Hee hath turned aside my wayes, and pulled me in pieces: hee hath made me desolate. 3:12 He hath bent his bow, and set me as a marke for the arrow. 3:13 Hee hath caused the arrowes of his quiuer to enter into my reines. 3:14 I was a derision to all my people, and their song all the day. 3:15 Hee hath filled me with bitternesse, hee hath made me drunken with wormewood. 3:16 He hath also broken my teeth with grauell stones, hee hath couered me with ashes. 3:17 And thou hast remoued my soule farre off from peace: I forgate prosperitie. 3:18 And I said, My strength and my hope is perished from the Lord: 3:19 Remembring mine affliction and my miserie, the wormewood & the gall. 3:20 My soule hath them still in remembrance, and is humbled in me. 3:21 This I recall to my mind, therefore haue I hope. 3:22 It is of the Lords mercies that wee are not consumed, because his compassions faile not. 3:23 They are newe euery morning: great is thy faithfulnesse. 3:24 The Lord is my portion, sayth my soule, therefore will I hope in him. 3:25 The Lord is good vnto them that waite for him, to the soule that seeketh him. 3:26 It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the saluation of the Lord. 3:27 It is good for a man that he beare the yoke in his youth. 3:28 Hee sitteth alone and keepeth silence, because hee hath borne it vpon him. 3:29 He putteth his mouth in the dust, if so be there may be hope. 3:30 Hee giueth his cheeke to him that smiteth him, hee is filled full with reproch. 3:31 For the Lord will not cast off for euer. 3:32 But though hee cause griefe, yet will hee haue compassion according to the multitude of his mercies. 3:33 For he doth not afflict willingly, nor grieue the children of men. 3:34 To crush vnder his feete all the prisoners of the earth, 3:35 To turne aside the right of a man before the face of the most high, 3:36 To subuert a man in his cause, the Lord approoueth not. 3:37 Who is hee that sayth, and it commeth to passe, when the Lord commandeth it not 3:38 Out of the mouth of the most hie proceedeth not euill and good 3:39 Wherefore doeth a liuing man complaine, a man for the punishment of his sinnes 3:40 Let vs search and try our waies, and turne againe to the Lord. 3:41 Let vs lift vp our heart with our hands vnto God in the heauens. 3:42 We haue transgressed, and haue rebelled, thou hast not pardoned. 3:43 Thou hast couered with anger, and persecuted vs: thou hast slaine, thou hast not pitied. 3:44 Thou hast couered thy selfe with a cloud, that our prayer should not passe through. 3:45 Thou hast made vs as the offscouring and refuse in the middest of the people. 3:46 All our enemies haue opened their mouthes against vs. 3:47 Feare and a snare is come vpon vs, desolation and destruction. 3:48 Mine eye runneth downe with riuers of water, for the destruction of the daughter of my people. 3:49 Mine eye trickleth downe and ceaseth not, without any intermission: 3:50 Till the Lord looke downe, and behold from heauen. 3:51 Mine eye affecteth mine heart, because of all the daughters of my city. 3:52 Mine enemies chased me sore like a bird, without cause. 3:53 They haue cut off my life in the dungeon, and cast a stone vpon me. 3:54 Waters flowed ouer mine head, then I sayd, I am cut off. 3:55 I called vpon thy name, O Lord, out of the low dungeon. 3:56 Thou hast heard my voice, hide not thine eare at my breathing, at my crie. 3:57 Thou drewest neere in the day that I called vpon thee: thou saidst, Feare not. 3:58 O Lord, thou hast pleaded the causes of my soule, thou hast redeemed my life. 3:59 O Lord, thou hast seene my wrong, iudge thou my cause. 3:60 Thou hast seene all their vengeance; and all their imaginations against me. 3:61 Thou hast heard their reproch, O Lord, and all their imaginations against me: 3:62 The lippes of those that rose vp against me, and their deuice against me all the day. 3:63 Behold, their sitting downe and their rising vp, I am their musicke. 3:64 Render vnto them a recompense, O Lord, according to the worke of their hands. 3:65 Giue them sorrow of heart, thy curse vnto them. 3:66 Persecute and destroy them in anger, from vnder the heauens of the Lord.

King James Version 1611 - Public Domain