Lamentations 3 1599 Geneva Bible (GNV)
3 1 I am the man that hath seen [a]affliction in the rod of his indignation.
2 He hath led me, and brought me into darkness, but not to light.
3 Surely he is turned against me: he turneth his hand against me all the day.
4 My flesh and my skin hath he caused to wax old, and he hath broken my bones.
5 He hath [b]built against me, and compassed me with gall and labor.
6 He hath set me in dark places, as they that be dead forever.
7 He hath hedged about me, that I cannot get out: he hath made my chains heavy.
8 Also when I cry and shout, he shutteth out my [c]prayer.
9 He hath [d]stopped up my ways with hewn stone, and turned away my paths.
10 [e]He was unto me as a bear lying in wait, and as a lion in secret places.
11 He hath stopped my ways, and pulled me in pieces: he hath made me desolate.
12 He hath bent his bow, and made me a mark for the arrow.
13 He caused [f]the arrows of his quiver to enter into my reins.
14 I was a derision to all my people, and their song all the day.
15 He hath filled me with bitterness, and made me drunken with [g]wormwood.
16 He hath also broken my teeth with stones, and hath covered me with ashes.
17 Thus my soul was far off from peace: I forgot prosperity,
18 And I said, My strength and my [h]hope is perished from the Lord,
19 Remembering mine affliction, and my mourning, the wormwood and the gall.
20 My soul hath them in remembrance, and is humbled [i]in me.
21 I consider this in mine heart: therefore have I hope.
22 It is the Lord’s [j]mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.
23 They are renewed [k]every morning: great is thy faithfulness.
24 The Lord is my [l]portion, saith my soul: therefore will I hope in him.
25 The Lord is good unto them that trust in him, and to the soul that seeketh him.
26 It is good both to trust, and to wait for the salvation of the Lord.
27 It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his [m]youth.
28 He sitteth alone, [n]and keepeth silence, because he hath borne it upon him.
29 He putteth his [o]mouth in the dust, if there may be hope.
30 He giveth his cheek to him that smiteth him: he is filled full with reproaches.
31 For the Lord will not forsake forever.
32 But though he send affliction, yet will he have compassion according to the multitude of his mercies.
34 In stamping under his feet all the prisoners of the earth,
35 In overthrowing the right of a man before the face of the most High,
36 In subverting a man in his cause: the Lord [r]seeth it not.
37 Who is he then that saith, and it cometh to pass, and the Lord [s]commandeth it not?
38 Out of the mouth of the most High proceedeth not [t]evil and good?
39 Wherefore then is the living [u]man sorrowful? man suffereth for his sin.
40 Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the Lord.
41 Let us lift up [v]our hearts with our hands unto God in the heavens.
42 We have sinned, and have rebelled, therefore thou hast not spared.
43 Thou hast covered us with wrath, and persecuted us: thou hast slain, and not spared.
44 Thou hast covered thyself with a cloud, that our prayer should not pass through.
45 Thou hast made us as the offscouring and refuse in the midst of the people.
46 All our enemies have opened their mouth against us.
47 Fear, and a snare is come upon us with desolation and destruction.
48 Mine eye casteth out rivers of water, for the destruction of the daughter of my people.
49 Mine eye droppeth without stay, and ceaseth not,
50 Till the Lord look down, and behold from heaven.
51 Mine eye [w]breaketh mine heart because of all the daughters of my city.
52 Mine enemies chased me sore, like a bird, without cause.
53 They have shut up my life[x]in the dungeon, and cast a stone upon me.
54 Waters flowed over mine head, then thought I, I am destroyed.
55 I called upon thy Name, O Lord, out of the low dungeon.
56 Thou hast heard my voice: stop not thine ear from my sigh, and from my cry.
57 Thou drewest near in the day that I called upon thee: thou saidest, Fear not.
58 O Lord, thou hast maintained the cause of my [y]soul, and hast redeemed my life.
59 O Lord, thou hast seen my wrong, judge thou my cause.
60 Thou hast seen all their vengeance, and all their devises against me:
61 Thou hast heard their reproach, O Lord, and all their imaginations against me.
62 The lips also of those that rose against me, and their whispering against me continually.
63 Behold, their sitting down, and their rising up, how I am their song.
64 Give them a recompense, O Lord, according to the work of their hands.
65 Give them [z]sorrow of heart even thy curse to them.
66 Persecute with wrath and destroy them from under the heaven, O Lord.
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