Lamentations 3-5 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Prophet’s Anguish and Hope
3 I am the man who has seen affliction by the rod of His wrath.
4 He has aged my flesh and my skin,
7 He has hedged me in so that I cannot get out;
10 He has been to me a bear lying in wait,
13 He has caused the [c]arrows of His quiver
16 He has also broken my teeth with gravel,
22 Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed,
25 The Lord is good to those who wait for Him,
28 Let him sit alone and keep silent,
31 For the Lord will not cast off forever.
34 To crush under one’s feet
37 Who is he who speaks and it comes to pass,
40 Let us search out and examine our ways,
43 You have covered Yourself with anger
46 All our enemies
49 My eyes flow and do not cease,
55 I called on Your name, O Lord,
58 O Lord, You have pleaded the case for my soul;
61 You have heard their reproach, O Lord,
64 Repay them, O Lord,
The Degradation of Zion
4 How the gold has become dim!
3 Even the jackals present their breasts
4 The tongue of the infant clings
5 Those who ate delicacies
6 The punishment of the iniquity of the daughter of my people
8 Now their appearance is blacker than soot;
9 Those slain by the sword are better off
10 The hands of the compassionate women
11 The Lord has fulfilled His fury,
12 The kings of the earth,
13 Because of the sins of her prophets
14 They wandered blind in the streets;
15 They cried out to them,
16 The [v]face of the Lord scattered them;
17 Still our eyes failed us,
18 They [w]tracked our steps
19 Our pursuers were swifter
20 The breath of our nostrils, the anointed of the Lord,
21 Rejoice and be glad, O daughter of Edom,
22 The punishment of your iniquity [x]is accomplished,
Prayer for Restoration
5 Remember, O Lord, what has come upon us;
4 We pay for the water we drink,
7 Our fathers sinned and are no more,
10 Our skin is hot as an oven,
15 The joy of our heart has ceased;
19 You, O Lord, remain forever;
Psalm 119:148-152 New King James Version (NKJV)
148 My eyes are awake through the night watches,
Philemon New King James Version (NKJV)
1 Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother,
To Philemon our beloved friend and fellow laborer, 2 to [a]the beloved Apphia, Archippus our fellow soldier, and to the church in your house:
3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Philemon’s Love and Faith
4 I thank my God, making mention of you always in my prayers, 5 hearing of your love and faith which you have toward the Lord Jesus and toward all the saints, 6 that the sharing of your faith may become effective by the acknowledgment of every good thing which is in [b]you in Christ Jesus. 7 For we [c]have great [d]joy and [e]consolation in your love, because the [f]hearts of the saints have been refreshed by you, brother.
The Plea for Onesimus
8 Therefore, though I might be very bold in Christ to command you what is fitting, 9 yet for love’s sake I rather appeal to you—being such a one as Paul, the aged, and now also a prisoner of Jesus Christ— 10 I appeal to you for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten while in my chains, 11 who once was unprofitable to you, but now is profitable to you and to me.
12 I am sending him [g]back. You therefore receive him, that is, my own [h]heart, 13 whom I wished to keep with me, that on your behalf he might minister to me in my chains for the gospel. 14 But without your consent I wanted to do nothing, that your good deed might not be by compulsion, as it were, but voluntary.
15 For perhaps he departed for a while for this purpose, that you might receive him forever, 16 no longer as a slave but more than a slave—a beloved brother, especially to me but how much more to you, both in the flesh and in the Lord.
Philemon’s Obedience Encouraged
17 If then you count me as a partner, receive him as you would me. 18 But if he has wronged you or owes anything, put that on my account. 19 I, Paul, am writing with my own hand. I will repay—not to mention to you that you owe me even your own self besides. 20 Yes, brother, let me have joy from you in the Lord; refresh my heart in the Lord.
21 Having confidence in your obedience, I write to you, knowing that you will do even more than I say. 22 But, meanwhile, also prepare a guest room for me, for I trust that through your prayers I shall be granted to you.
23 Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, greets you, 24 as do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, Luke, my fellow laborers.
25 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.
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