Christian Standard Bible
Hope through God’s Mercy
3 I am the man who has seen affliction
under the rod of God’s wrath.
2 He has driven me away and forced me to walk
in darkness instead of light.(A)
3 Yes, he repeatedly turns his hand
against me all day long.
4 He has worn away my flesh and skin;(B)
he has broken my bones.(C)
5 He has laid siege against me,(D)
encircling me with bitterness and hardship.(E)
6 He has made me dwell in darkness
like those who have been dead for ages.(F)
7 He has walled me in so I cannot get out;(G)
he has weighed me down with chains.
8 Even when I cry out and plead for help,
he blocks out my prayer.(H)
9 He has walled in my ways with blocks of stone;(I)
he has made my paths crooked.(J)
13 He pierced my kidneys
with shafts from his quiver.(M)
14 I am a laughingstock(N) to all my people,[b]
mocked by their songs(O) all day long.
15 He filled me with bitterness,
satiated me with wormwood.(P)
16 He ground my teeth with gravel(Q)
and made me cower[c] in the dust.
17 I have been deprived[d] of peace;(R)
I have forgotten what prosperity is.
18 Then I thought, “My future[e] is lost,
as well as my hope from the Lord.”
19 Remember[f] my affliction and my homelessness,(S)
the wormwood and the poison.(T)
20 I continually remember them
and have become depressed.[g](U)
21 Yet I call this to mind,
and therefore I have hope:(V)
22 Because of the Lord’s faithful love(W)
we do not perish,[h]
for his mercies never end.
23 They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness!(X)
24 I say, “The Lord is my portion,(Y)
therefore I will put my hope in him.”
25 The Lord is good to those who wait(Z) for him,
to the person who seeks him.
26 It is good to wait quietly(AA)
for salvation from the Lord.(AB)
27 It is good for a man to bear the yoke(AC)
while he is still young.
28 Let him sit alone and be silent,(AD)
for God has disciplined[i] him.
29 Let him put his mouth in the dust(AE)—
perhaps there is still hope.
30 Let him offer his cheek
to the one who would strike him;(AF)
let him be filled with disgrace.
31 For the Lord
will not reject us forever.
32 Even if he causes suffering,
he will show compassion
according to the abundance of his faithful love.(AG)
33 For he does not enjoy bringing affliction(AH)
or suffering on mankind.
34 Crushing all the prisoners of the land[j]
beneath one’s feet,
35 denying justice to a man(AI)
in the presence of the Most High,
36 or subverting a person in his lawsuit(AJ)—
the Lord does not approve of these things.
37 Who is there who speaks and it happens,
unless the Lord has ordained it?(AK)
38 Do not both adversity and good
come from the mouth of the Most High?(AL)
39 Why should any living person complain,
any man, because of the punishment for his sins?
43 “You have covered yourself in anger and pursued us;
you have killed without compassion.(AP)
44 You have covered yourself with a cloud
so that no prayer can get through.(AQ)
45 You have made us disgusting filth
among the peoples.(AR)
46 “All our enemies
open their mouths against us.(AS)
47 We have experienced panic and pitfall,(AT)
devastation and destruction.”
48 My eyes flow with streams of tears
because of the destruction of my dear people.
55 I called on your name, Lord,
from the depths of the pit.
56 You heard my plea:
Do not ignore my cry for relief.
57 You came near whenever I called you;
you said, “Do not be afraid.”
שׂ Sin / שׁ Shin
61 Lord, you heard their insults,(BD)
all their plots against me.
62 The slander[m] and murmuring of my opponents
attack me all day long.
63 When they sit and when they rise, look,
I am mocked by their songs.(BE)
64 You will pay them back what they deserve, Lord,
according to the work of their hands.(BF)
65 You will give them a heart filled with anguish.[n](BG)
May your curse be on them!
66 You will pursue them in anger and destroy them
under your heavens.[o](BH)
Terrors of the Besieged City
2 Zion’s precious children—
once worth their weight in pure gold(BJ)—
how they are regarded as clay jars,
the work of a potter’s hands!
3 Even jackals offer their breasts
to nurse their young,
but my dear people have become cruel
like ostriches(BK) in the wilderness.
4 The nursing baby’s tongue
clings to the roof of his mouth from thirst.(BL)
Infants beg for food,
but no one gives them any.
5 Those who used to eat delicacies
are destitute in the streets;
those who were reared in purple garments(BM)
huddle in trash heaps.
6 The punishment of my dear people
is greater than that of Sodom,(BN)
which was overthrown in an instant
without a hand laid on it.
7 Her dignitaries were brighter than snow,
whiter than milk;
their bodies[q] were more ruddy than coral,
their appearance like lapis lazuli.
8 Now they appear darker than soot;(BO)
they are not recognized in the streets.
Their skin has shriveled on their bones;
it has become dry like wood.
9 Those slain by the sword are better off
than those slain by hunger,
who waste away, pierced with pain
because the fields lack produce.
11 The Lord has exhausted his wrath,
poured out his burning anger;
he has ignited a fire in Zion,
and it has consumed her foundations.(BR)
12 The kings of the earth
and all the world’s inhabitants did not believe
that an enemy or adversary
could enter Jerusalem’s gates.(BS)
13 Yet it happened because of the sins of her prophets
and the iniquities of her priests,
who shed the blood of the righteous within her.(BT)
16 The Lord himself has scattered them;
he no longer watches over them.
The priests are not respected;
the elders find no favor.
17 All the while our eyes were failing
as we looked in vain for help;(BY)
we watched from our towers
for a nation that would not save us.
18 Our steps were closely followed
so that we could not walk in our streets.
Our end approached;(BZ) our time ran out.
Our end had come!
19 Those who chased us were swifter
than eagles in the sky;(CA)
they relentlessly pursued us over the mountains
and ambushed us in the wilderness.
Prayer for Restoration
5 Lord, remember what has happened to us.
Look, and see our disgrace!(CG)
2 Our inheritance has been turned over to strangers,
our houses to foreigners.
3 We have become orphans, fatherless;
our mothers are widows.
4 We must pay for the water we drink;
our wood comes at a price.
5 We are closely pursued;
we are tired, and no one offers us rest.
6 We made a treaty with[t] Egypt
and with Assyria, to get enough food.(CH)
7 Our ancestors sinned; they no longer exist,
but we bear their punishment.(CI)
8 Slaves rule over us;(CJ)
no one rescues us from them.
9 We secure our food at the risk of our lives
because of the sword in the wilderness.
10 Our skin is as hot[u] as an oven(CK)
from the ravages of hunger.
11 Women have been raped in Zion,
virgins in the cities of Judah.
12 Princes have been hung up by their hands;
elders are shown no respect.(CL)
13 Young men labor at millstones;(CM)
boys stumble under loads of wood.
14 The elders have left the city gate,
the young men, their music.(CN)
15 Joy has left our hearts;(CO)
our dancing has turned to mourning.
16 The crown has fallen from our head.(CP)
Woe to us, for we have sinned.(CQ)
17 Because of this, our heart is sick;
because of these, our eyes grow dim:(CR)
18 because of Mount Zion, which lies desolate
and has jackals prowling in it.(CS)
19 You, Lord, are enthroned forever;
your throne endures from generation to generation.(CT)
20 Why do you continually forget us,(CU)
abandon us for our entire lives?
21 Lord, bring us back to yourself, so we may return;(CV)
renew our days as in former times,
22 unless you have completely rejected us
and are intensely angry with us.
- 3:10 Lit is to me
- 3:14 Some Hb mss, LXX, Vg; other Hb mss, Syr read all peoples
- 3:16 Or and trampled me
- 3:17 Syr, Vg; MT reads You deprived my soul
- 3:18 Or splendor
- 3:19 Or I remember
- 3:20 Alt Hb tradition reads and you cause me to collapse
- 3:22 One Hb mss, Syr, Tg read The Lord’s faithful love, indeed, does not perish
- 3:28 Lit has laid a burden on
- 3:34 Or earth
- 3:52 Or Those who were my enemies for no reason
- 3:53 Or They ended my life in; Hb obscure
- 3:62 Lit lips
- 3:65 Or them an obstinate heart; Hb obscure
- 3:66 Lit under the Lord’s heavens
- 4:1 Or The sacred gems
- 4:7 Lit bones
- 4:20 Lit nostrils
- 4:22 Or not deport you again
- 5:6 Lit We gave the hand to
- 5:10 Or black; Hb obscure