40 Let us test and examine our ways,
    (A)and return to the Lord!
41 (B)Let us lift up our hearts and hands
    to God in heaven:
42 (C)“We have transgressed and (D)rebelled,
    and you have not forgiven.

43 “You have wrapped yourself with anger and pursued us,
    (E)killing without pity;
44 (F)you have wrapped yourself with a cloud
    so that no prayer can pass through.
45 (G)You have made us scum and garbage
    among the peoples.

46 (H)“All our enemies
    open their mouths against us;
47 (I)panic and pitfall have come upon us,
    devastation and (J)destruction;
48 (K)my eyes flow with rivers of tears
    because of the destruction of the daughter of my people.

49 (L)“My eyes will flow without ceasing,
    without respite,
50 (M)until the Lord from heaven
    looks down and sees;
51 my eyes cause me grief
    at the fate of all the daughters of my city.

52 (N)“I have been hunted (O)like a bird
    by those who were my enemies (P)without cause;
53 (Q)they flung me alive into the pit
    (R)and cast stones on me;
54 (S)water closed over my head;
    I said, (T)‘I am lost.’

55 (U)“I called on your name, O Lord,
    from the depths of the pit;
56 (V)you heard my plea, ‘Do not close
    your ear to my cry for help!’
57 (W)You came near when I called on you;
    you said, (X)‘Do not fear!’

58 “You have (Y)taken up my cause, (Z)O Lord;
    you have (AA)redeemed my life.
59 You have seen the wrong done to me, (AB)O Lord;
    judge my cause.
60 You have seen all their vengeance,
    all (AC)their plots against me.

61 (AD)“You have heard their taunts, O Lord,
    all (AE)their plots against me.
62 The lips and thoughts (AF)of my assailants
    are against me all the day long.
63 (AG)Behold their sitting and their rising;
    (AH)I am the object of their taunts.

64 (AI)“You will repay them,[a] O Lord,
    (AJ)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 (AK)destroy them
    from under (AL)your heavens, O Lord.”[e]

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Footnotes

  1. Lamentations 3:64 Or Repay them
  2. Lamentations 3:65 Or Give them
  3. Lamentations 3:65 Or place your curse
  4. Lamentations 3:66 Or Pursue them
  5. Lamentations 3:66 Syriac (compare Septuagint, Vulgate); Hebrew the heavens of the Lord

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