Lamentations 3-5 New International Version (NIV)
3 [a]I am the man who has seen affliction
4 He has made my skin and my flesh grow old
7 He has walled me in so I cannot escape;
10 Like a bear lying in wait,
13 He pierced my heart
16 He has broken my teeth with gravel;
19 I remember my affliction and my wandering,
22 Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
25 The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him,
28 Let him sit alone in silence,
31 For no one is cast off
34 To crush underfoot
37 Who can speak and have it happen
40 Let us examine our ways and test them,
43 “You have covered yourself with anger and pursued us;
46 “All our enemies have opened their mouths
49 My eyes will flow unceasingly,
52 Those who were my enemies without cause
55 I called on your name, Lord,
58 You, Lord, took up my case;
61 Lord, you have heard their insults,
64 Pay them back what they deserve, Lord,
4 [b]How the gold has lost its luster,
2 How the precious children of Zion,
3 Even jackals offer their breasts
4 Because of thirst the infant’s tongue
5 Those who once ate delicacies
6 The punishment of my people
7 Their princes were brighter than snow
8 But now they are blacker than soot;
9 Those killed by the sword are better off
10 With their own hands compassionate women
11 The Lord has given full vent to his wrath;
12 The kings of the earth did not believe,
13 But it happened because of the sins of her prophets
14 Now they grope through the streets
15 “Go away! You are unclean!” people cry to them.
16 The Lord himself has scattered them;
17 Moreover, our eyes failed,
18 People stalked us at every step,
19 Our pursuers were swifter
20 The Lord’s anointed, our very life breath,
21 Rejoice and be glad, Daughter Edom,
22 Your punishment will end, Daughter Zion;
5 Remember, Lord, what has happened to us;
19 You, Lord, reign forever;
John 6:45-71 New International Version (NIV)
45 It is written in the Prophets: ‘They will all be taught by God.’[a] Everyone who has heard the Father and learned from him comes to me. 46 No one has seen the Father except the one who is from God; only he has seen the Father. 47 Very truly I tell you, the one who believes has eternal life. 48 I am the bread of life. 49 Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, yet they died. 50 But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which anyone may eat and not die. 51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.”
52 Then the Jews began to argue sharply among themselves, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?”
53 Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. 54 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day. 55 For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. 56 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in them. 57 Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me. 58 This is the bread that came down from heaven. Your ancestors ate manna and died, but whoever feeds on this bread will live forever.” 59 He said this while teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum.
Many Disciples Desert Jesus
60 On hearing it, many of his disciples said, “This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?”
61 Aware that his disciples were grumbling about this, Jesus said to them, “Does this offend you? 62 Then what if you see the Son of Man ascend to where he was before! 63 The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you—they are full of the Spirit[b] and life. 64 Yet there are some of you who do not believe.” For Jesus had known from the beginning which of them did not believe and who would betray him. 65 He went on to say, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless the Father has enabled them.”
66 From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him.
67 “You do not want to leave too, do you?” Jesus asked the Twelve.
68 Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. 69 We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God.”
70 Then Jesus replied, “Have I not chosen you, the Twelve? Yet one of you is a devil!” 71 (He meant Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, who, though one of the Twelve, was later to betray him.)
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