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Lamentations 3:17-26 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

17 My life is deprived of peace,
    I have forgotten what happiness is;
18 My enduring hope, I said,
    has perished before the Lord.

19 The thought of my wretched homelessness
    is wormwood and poison;
20 Remembering it over and over,
    my soul is downcast.
21 But this I will call to mind;[a]
    therefore I will hope:

22 The Lord’s acts of mercy are not exhausted,
    his compassion is not spent;
23 They are renewed each morning—
    great is your faithfulness!
24 The Lord is my portion, I tell myself,
    therefore I will hope in him.

25 The Lord is good to those who trust in him,
    to the one that seeks him;
26 It is good to hope in silence
    for the Lord’s deliverance.


  1. 3:21–24 In the midst of a description of suffering, the speaker offers this brief but compelling statement of hope in God’s ultimate mercy. It is a hard-won and precarious hope, nearly submerged by the volume and intensity of the surrounding lament, but it is hope nonetheless.
New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

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