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;
Hebrews 10:19-39 New King James Version (NKJV)
Hold Fast Your Confession
19 Therefore, brethren, having boldness[a] to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, 21 and having a High Priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, 25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.
The Just Live by Faith
26 For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27 but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries. 28 Anyone who has rejected Moses’ law dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29 Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace? 30 For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” [b]says the Lord. And again, “The Lord will judge His people.” 31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
32 But recall the former days in which, after you were [c]illuminated, you endured a great struggle with sufferings: 33 partly while you were made a spectacle both by reproaches and tribulations, and partly while you became companions of those who were so treated; 34 for you had compassion on [d]me in my chains, and joyfully accepted the plundering of your [e]goods, knowing that you have a better and an enduring possession for yourselves [f]in heaven. 35 Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. 36 For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise:
39 But we are not of those who draw back to [j]perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul.
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