Lamentations 1:1-4New American Standard Bible (NASB)
The Sorrows of Zion
1 How lonely sits the city That was full of people! She has become like a widow Who was oncegreat among the nations! She who was a princess among the [a]provinces Has become a forced laborer! 2 She weeps bitterly in the night And her tears are on her cheeks; She has none to comfort her Among all her lovers. All her friends have dealt treacherously with her; They have become her enemies. 3 Judah has gone into exile [b]under affliction And [c]under [d]harsh servitude; She dwells among the nations, But she has found no rest; All her pursuers have overtaken her In the midst of [e]distress. 4 The roads [f]of Zion are in mourning Because no one comes to the appointed feasts. All her gates are desolate; Her priests are groaning, Her virgins are afflicted, And she herself [g]is bitter.
Lamentations 3:1-3New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Jeremiah Shares Israel’s Affliction
3 I am the man who has seen affliction Because of the rod of His wrath. 2 He has driven me and made me walk In darkness and not in light. 3 Surely against me He has turned His hand Repeatedly all the day.
Lamentations 3:16-27New American Standard Bible (NASB)
16 He has broken my teeth with gravel; He has made me cower in the dust. 17 My soul has been rejected from peace; I have forgotten [a]happiness. 18 So I say, “My strength has perished, And so has my hope from the Lord.”
Hope of Relief in God’s Mercy
19 Remember my affliction and my [b]wandering, the wormwood and bitterness. 20 Surely my soul remembers And is bowed down within me. 21 This I recall to my mind, Therefore I have hope. 22 The Lord’slovingkindnesses [c]indeed never cease, For His compassions never fail. 23 They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. 24 “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I have hope in Him.” 25 The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, To the [d]person who seeks Him. 26 It is good that he waits silently For the salvation of the Lord. 27 It is good for a man that he should bear The yoke in his youth.
Lamentations 3:31-33New American Standard Bible (NASB)
31 For the Lord will not reject forever, 32 For if He causes grief, Then He will have compassion According to His abundant lovingkindness. 33 For He does not afflict [a]willingly Or grieve the sons of men.
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