Great Is Your Faithfulness

(A)I am the man who has seen affliction
    under the (B)rod of his wrath;
he has driven and brought me
    (C)into darkness without any light;
surely against me he turns his hand
    again and again the whole day long.

He has made my flesh and my skin waste away;
    (D)he has broken my bones;
(E)he has besieged and enveloped me
    with (F)bitterness and tribulation;
(G)he has made me dwell in darkness
    like the dead of long ago.

(H)He has walled me about so that (I)I cannot escape;
    he has made my chains heavy;
though (J)I call and cry for help,
    he shuts out my prayer;
(K)he has blocked my ways with blocks of stones;
    he has made my paths crooked.

10 (L)He is a bear lying in wait for me,
    a lion in hiding;
11 (M)he turned aside my steps and (N)tore me to pieces;
    (O)he has made me desolate;
12 (P)he bent his bow (Q)and set me
    as a target for his arrow.

13 He drove into my kidneys
    (R)the arrows of his quiver;
14 (S)I have become the laughingstock of all peoples,
    (T)the object of their taunts all day long.
15 (U)He has filled me with bitterness;
    he has sated me with (V)wormwood.

16 (W)He has made my teeth grind on gravel,
    and (X)made me cower in ashes;
17 my soul is bereft of peace;
    I have forgotten what happiness[a] is;
18 (Y)so I say, “My endurance has perished;
    so has my hope from the Lord.”

19 (Z)Remember my affliction and my wanderings,
    (AA)the wormwood and (AB)the gall!
20 My soul continually remembers it
    (AC)and is bowed down within me.
21 But this I call to mind,
    and (AD)therefore I have hope:

22 (AE)The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;[b]
    (AF)his mercies never come to an end;
23 they are new (AG)every morning;
    (AH)great is your faithfulness.
24 (AI)“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
    (AJ)“therefore I will hope in him.”

25 The Lord is good to those who (AK)wait for him,
    to the soul who seeks him.
26 (AL)It is good that one should wait quietly
    for the salvation of the Lord.
27 (AM)It is good for a man that he bear
    the yoke (AN)in his youth.

28 Let him (AO)sit alone in silence
    when it is laid on him;
29 (AP)let him put his mouth in the dust—
    there may yet be hope;
30 (AQ)let him give his cheek to the one who strikes,
    and let him be filled with insults.

31 (AR)For the Lord will not
    cast off forever,
32 but, though he (AS)cause grief, (AT)he will have compassion
    (AU)according to the abundance of his steadfast love;
33 (AV)for he does not afflict from his heart
    or (AW)grieve the children of men.

34 To crush underfoot
    all (AX)the prisoners of the earth,
35 (AY)to deny a man justice
    in the presence of the Most High,
36 to subvert a man in his lawsuit,
    (AZ)the Lord does not approve.

37 (BA)Who has spoken and it came to pass,
    unless the Lord has commanded it?
38 (BB)Is it not from the mouth of the Most High
    that good and bad come?
39 (BC)Why should a living man complain,
    a man, about the punishment of his sins?

40 Let us test and examine our ways,
    (BD)and return to the Lord!
41 (BE)Let us lift up our hearts and hands
    to God in heaven:
42 (BF)“We have transgressed and (BG)rebelled,
    and you have not forgiven.

43 “You have wrapped yourself with anger and pursued us,
    (BH)killing without pity;
44 (BI)you have wrapped yourself with a cloud
    so that no prayer can pass through.
45 (BJ)You have made us scum and garbage
    among the peoples.

46 (BK)“All our enemies
    open their mouths against us;
47 (BL)panic and pitfall have come upon us,
    devastation and (BM)destruction;
48 (BN)my eyes flow with rivers of tears
    because of the destruction of the daughter of my people.

49 (BO)“My eyes will flow without ceasing,
    without respite,
50 (BP)until the Lord from heaven
    looks down and sees;
51 my eyes cause me grief
    at the fate of all the daughters of my city.

52 (BQ)“I have been hunted (BR)like a bird
    by those who were my enemies (BS)without cause;
53 (BT)they flung me alive into the pit
    (BU)and cast stones on me;
54 (BV)water closed over my head;
    I said, (BW)‘I am lost.’

55 (BX)“I called on your name, O Lord,
    from the depths of the pit;
56 (BY)you heard my plea, ‘Do not close
    your ear to my cry for help!’
57 (BZ)You came near when I called on you;
    you said, (CA)‘Do not fear!’

58 “You have (CB)taken up my cause, (CC)O Lord;
    you have (CD)redeemed my life.
59 You have seen the wrong done to me, (CE)O Lord;
    judge my cause.
60 You have seen all their vengeance,
    all (CF)their plots against me.

61 (CG)“You have heard their taunts, O Lord,
    all (CH)their plots against me.
62 The lips and thoughts (CI)of my assailants
    are against me all the day long.
63 (CJ)Behold their sitting and their rising;
    (CK)I am the object of their taunts.

64 (CL)“You will repay them,[c] O Lord,
    (CM)according to the work of their hands.
65 You will give them[d] dullness of heart;
    your curse will be[e] on them.
66 You will pursue them[f] in anger and (CN)destroy them
    from under (CO)your heavens, O Lord.”[g]

Footnotes

  1. Lamentations 3:17 Hebrew good
  2. Lamentations 3:22 Syriac, Targum; Hebrew Because of the steadfast love of the Lord, we are not cut off
  3. Lamentations 3:64 Or Repay them
  4. Lamentations 3:65 Or Give them
  5. Lamentations 3:65 Or place your curse
  6. Lamentations 3:66 Or Pursue them
  7. Lamentations 3:66 Syriac (compare Septuagint, Vulgate); Hebrew the heavens of the Lord

Taste and See That the Lord Is Good

[a] Of David, when he (A)changed his behavior before (B)Abimelech, so that he drove him out, and he went away.

34 I will bless the Lord (C)at all times;
    his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
My soul (D)makes its boast in the Lord;
    let the humble hear and (E)be glad.
Oh, (F)magnify the Lord with me,
    and let us exalt his name together!

I (G)sought the Lord, and he answered me
    and delivered me from all my fears.
Those who look to him are (H)radiant,
    and their faces shall never be ashamed.
(I)This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him
    and (J)saved him out of all his troubles.
(K)The angel of the Lord (L)encamps
    around those who fear him, and delivers them.

Oh, (M)taste and see that (N)the Lord is good!
    (O)Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!
Oh, fear the Lord, you his saints,
    for those who fear him have no lack!
10 (P)The young lions suffer want and hunger;
    but those who (Q)seek the Lord lack no good thing.

11 (R)Come, O children, listen to me;
    (S)I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
12 (T)What man is there who desires life
    and loves many days, that he may (U)see good?
13 (V)Keep your tongue from evil
    and your lips from (W)speaking deceit.
14 (X)Turn away from evil and do good;
    seek peace and (Y)pursue it.

15 (Z)The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous
    (AA)and his ears toward their cry.
16 (AB)The face of the Lord is against those who do evil,
    to (AC)cut off the memory of them from the earth.
17 (AD)When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears
    and delivers them out of all their troubles.
18 The Lord is near to (AE)the brokenhearted
    and saves (AF)the crushed in spirit.

19 (AG)Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
    (AH)but the Lord delivers him out of them all.
20 He keeps all his bones;
    (AI)not one of them is broken.
21 (AJ)Affliction will slay the wicked,
    and those who hate the righteous will be condemned.
22 The Lord (AK)redeems the life of his servants;
    none of those who take refuge in him will be (AL)condemned.

Footnotes

  1. Psalm 34:1 This psalm is an acrostic poem, each verse beginning with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet

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