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Lamentations 3:22-39Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

ח Khet

22 Because of the Lord’s faithful love
we do not perish,[a]
for His mercies never end.
23 They are new every morning;
great is Your faithfulness!
24 I say: The Lord is my portion,
therefore I will put my hope in Him.

ט Tet

25 The Lord is good to those who wait for Him,
to the person who seeks Him.
26 It is good to wait quietly
for deliverance from the Lord.
27 It is good for a man to bear the yoke
while he is still young.

י Yod

28 Let him sit alone and be silent,
for God has disciplined him.
29 Let him put his mouth in the dust
perhaps there is still hope.
30 Let him offer his cheek
to the one who would strike him;
let him be filled with shame.

כ Kaf

31 For the Lord
will not reject us forever.
32 Even if He causes suffering,
He will show compassion
according to His abundant, faithful love.
33 For He does not enjoy bringing affliction
or suffering on mankind.

ל Lamed

34 Crushing all the prisoners of the land[b]
beneath one’s feet,
35 denying justice to a man
in the presence of the Most High,
36 or suppressing a person’s lawsuit
the Lord does not approve of these things.

מ Mem

37 Who is there who speaks and it happens,
unless the Lord has ordained it?
38 Do not both adversity and good
come from the mouth of the Most High?
39 Why should any living person complain,
any man, because of the punishment for his sins?

Footnotes:

  1. Lamentations 3:22 One Hb mss, Syr, Tg read The Lord’s faithful love, indeed, does not perish
  2. Lamentations 3:34 Or earth

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