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37 (A)Who has spoken and it came to pass,
unless the Lord has commanded it?
38 (B)Is it not from the mouth of the Most High
that good and bad come?
39 (C)Why should a living man complain,
a man, about the punishment of his sins?
43 “You have wrapped yourself with anger and pursued us,
(H)killing without pity;
44 (I)you have wrapped yourself with a cloud
so that no prayer can pass through.
45 (J)You have made us scum and garbage
among the peoples.
46 (K)“All our enemies
open their mouths against us;
47 (L)panic and pitfall have come upon us,
devastation and (M)destruction;
48 (N)my eyes flow with rivers of tears
because of the destruction of the daughter of my people.
52 (Q)“I have been hunted (R)like a bird
by those who were my enemies (S)without cause;
53 (T)they flung me alive into the pit
(U)and cast stones on me;
54 (V)water closed over my head;
I said, (W)‘I am lost.’
55 (X)“I called on your name, O Lord,
from the depths of the pit;
56 (Y)you heard my plea, ‘Do not close
your ear to my cry for help!’
57 (Z)You came near when I called on you;
you said, (AA)‘Do not fear!’
58 “You have (AB)taken up my cause, (AC)O Lord;
you have (AD)redeemed my life.
59 You have seen the wrong done to me, (AE)O Lord;
judge my cause.
60 You have seen all their vengeance,
all (AF)their plots against me.
61 (AG)“You have heard their taunts, O Lord,
all (AH)their plots against me.
62 The lips and thoughts (AI)of my assailants
are against me all the day long.
63 (AJ)Behold their sitting and their rising;
(AK)I am the object of their taunts.
64 (AL)“You will repay them,[a] O Lord,
(AM)according to the work of their hands.
65 You will give them[b] dullness of heart;
your curse will be[c] on them.
66 You will pursue them[d] in anger and (AN)destroy them
from under (AO)your heavens, O Lord.”[e]
The Holy Stones Lie Scattered
3 Even jackals offer the breast;
they nurse their young;
but the daughter of my people has become cruel,
like the ostriches in the wilderness.
5 Those who once feasted on delicacies
perish in the streets;
(AV)those who were brought up in purple
embrace ash heaps.
8 (AY)Now their face is blacker than soot;
they are not recognized in the streets;
their skin has shriveled on their bones;
it has become as dry as wood.
9 Happier were the victims of the sword
than the victims of hunger,
who wasted away, pierced
by lack of the fruits of the field.
12 (BF)The kings of the earth did not believe,
nor any of the inhabitants of the world,
that foe or enemy could enter
the gates of Jerusalem.
15 “Away! (BK)Unclean!” people cried at them.
“Away! Away! Do not touch!”
So they became fugitives and wanderers;
people said among the nations,
“They shall stay with us no longer.”
19 Our pursuers were (BT)swifter
than the eagles in the heavens;
they chased us on the mountains;
they lay in wait for us in the wilderness.
22 (CB)The punishment of your iniquity, O daughter of Zion, is accomplished;
he will keep you in exile no longer;[l]
but (CC)your iniquity, O daughter of Edom, he will punish;
he will uncover your sins.
Restore Us to Yourself, O Lord
5 (CD)Remember, O Lord, what has befallen us;
look, and see (CE)our disgrace!
2 (CF)Our inheritance has been turned over to strangers,
our homes to foreigners.
3 We have become orphans, fatherless;
our mothers are like widows.
4 We must pay for the water we drink;
the wood we get must be bought.
5 (CG)Our pursuers are at our necks;
we are weary; we are given no rest.
6 We have given the hand to (CH)Egypt, and to (CI)Assyria,
to get bread enough.
7 Our fathers sinned, and are no more;
(CJ)and we bear their iniquities.
8 (CK)Slaves rule over us;
there is none to deliver us from their hand.
9 (CL)We get our bread at the peril of our lives,
because of the sword in the wilderness.
10 (CM)Our skin is hot as an oven
with (CN)the burning heat of famine.
11 Women are raped in Zion,
young women in the towns of Judah.
12 (CO)Princes are hung up by their hands;
(CP)no respect is shown to the elders.
13 Young men are compelled to (CQ)grind at the mill,
and boys stagger (CR)under loads of wood.
14 (CS)The old men have left the city gate,
the young men (CT)their music.
15 (CU)The joy of our hearts has ceased;
(CV)our dancing has been turned to mourning.
16 (CW)The crown has fallen from our head;
woe to us, for we have sinned!
17 For this (CX)our heart has become sick,
for these things (CY)our eyes have grown dim,
18 for Mount Zion which lies desolate;
(CZ)jackals prowl over it.
19 (DA)But you, O Lord, reign forever;
your throne endures to all generations.
20 (DB)Why do you forget us forever,
why do you forsake us for so many days?
21 (DC)Restore us to yourself, O Lord, that we may be restored!
Renew our days as of old—
22 (DD)unless you have utterly rejected us,
and you remain exceedingly angry with us.
- Lamentations 3:64 Or Repay them
- Lamentations 3:65 Or Give them
- Lamentations 3:65 Or place your curse
- Lamentations 3:66 Or Pursue them
- Lamentations 3:66 Syriac (compare Septuagint, Vulgate); Hebrew the heavens of the Lord
- Lamentations 4:6 Or iniquity
- Lamentations 4:6 Or sin
- Lamentations 4:6 The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain
- Lamentations 4:7 The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain
- Lamentations 4:7 Hebrew lapis lazuli
- Lamentations 4:16 Hebrew The face of the Lord
- Lamentations 4:22 Or he will not exile you again