19 I remember my affliction and my wandering,
    the bitterness(A) and the gall.(B)
20 I well remember them,
    and my soul is downcast(C) within me.(D)
21 Yet this I call to mind
    and therefore I have hope:

22 Because of the Lord’s great love(E) we are not consumed,(F)
    for his compassions never fail.(G)
23 They are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness.(H)
24 I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion;(I)
    therefore I will wait for him.”

25 The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him,
    to the one who seeks him;(J)
26 it is good to wait quietly(K)
    for the salvation of the Lord.(L)

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In the days of her affliction and wandering
    Jerusalem remembers all the treasures
    that were hers in days of old.
When her people fell into enemy hands,
    there was no one to help her.(A)
Her enemies looked at her
    and laughed(B) at her destruction.

Jerusalem has sinned(C) greatly
    and so has become unclean.(D)
All who honored her despise her,
    for they have all seen her naked;(E)
she herself groans(F)
    and turns away.

Her filthiness clung to her skirts;
    she did not consider her future.(G)
Her fall(H) was astounding;
    there was none to comfort(I) her.
“Look, Lord, on my affliction,(J)
    for the enemy has triumphed.”

10 The enemy laid hands
    on all her treasures;(K)
she saw pagan nations
    enter her sanctuary(L)
those you had forbidden(M)
    to enter your assembly.

11 All her people groan(N)
    as they search for bread;(O)
they barter their treasures for food
    to keep themselves alive.
“Look, Lord, and consider,
    for I am despised.”

12 “Is it nothing to you, all you who pass by?(P)
    Look around and see.
Is any suffering like my suffering(Q)
    that was inflicted on me,
that the Lord brought on me
    in the day of his fierce anger?(R)

13 “From on high he sent fire,
    sent it down into my bones.(S)
He spread a net(T) for my feet
    and turned me back.
He made me desolate,(U)
    faint(V) all the day long.

14 “My sins have been bound into a yoke[a];(W)
    by his hands they were woven together.
They have been hung on my neck,
    and the Lord has sapped my strength.
He has given me into the hands(X)
    of those I cannot withstand.

15 “The Lord has rejected
    all the warriors in my midst;(Y)
he has summoned an army(Z) against me
    to[b] crush my young men.(AA)
In his winepress(AB) the Lord has trampled(AC)
    Virgin Daughter(AD) Judah.

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Footnotes

  1. Lamentations 1:14 Most Hebrew manuscripts; many Hebrew manuscripts and Septuagint He kept watch over my sins
  2. Lamentations 1:15 Or has set a time for me / when he will

Two Blind Men Receive Sight(A)

29 As Jesus and his disciples were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed him. 30 Two blind men were sitting by the roadside, and when they heard that Jesus was going by, they shouted, “Lord, Son of David,(B) have mercy on us!”

31 The crowd rebuked them and told them to be quiet, but they shouted all the louder, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!”

32 Jesus stopped and called them. “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked.

33 “Lord,” they answered, “we want our sight.”

34 Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him.

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