Lamentations 3 The Message (MSG)
God Locked Me Up in Deep Darkness
3 1-3 I’m the man who has seen trouble,
4-6 He turned me into a scarecrow
7-9 He shuts me in so I’ll never get out,
10-12 He’s a prowling bear tracking me down,
13-15 He shot me in the stomach
16-18 He ground my face into the gravel.
It’s a Good Thing to Hope for Help from God
19-21 I’ll never forget the trouble, the utter lostness,
22-24 God’s loyal love couldn’t have run out,
25-27 God proves to be good to the man who passionately waits,
28-30 When life is heavy and hard to take,
31-33 Why? Because the Master won’t ever
34-36 Stomping down hard
God Speaks Both Good Things and Hard Things into Being
37-39 Who do you think “spoke and it happened”?
40-42 Let’s take a good look at the way we’re living
43-45 “You lost your temper with us, holding nothing back.
46-48 “Our enemies shout abuse,
49-51 “The tears stream from my eyes,
52-54 “Enemies with no reason to be enemies
55-57 “I called out your name, O God,
58-60 “You took my side, Master;
61-63 “You heard, God, their vicious gossip,
64-66 “Make them pay for what they’ve done, God.
Lamentations 4 The Message (MSG)
Waking Up with Nothing
4 Oh, oh, oh . . .
2 And the people of Zion, once prized,
3 Even wild jackals nurture their babies,
4 Babies have nothing to drink.
5 People used to the finest cuisine
6 The evil guilt of my dear people
7 The splendid and sacred nobles
8 But now they are smeared with soot,
9 Better to have been killed in battle
10 Nice and kindly women
11 God let all his anger loose, held nothing back.
12 The kings of the earth couldn’t believe it.
13 Because of the sins of her prophets
14 These prophets and priests blindly grope their way through the streets,
15 People yell at them, “Get out of here, dirty old men!
16 God himself scattered them.
17 We watched and watched,
18 They tracked us down, those hunters.
19 They came after us faster than eagles in flight,
20 Our king, our life’s breath, the anointed of God,
21 Celebrate while you can, O Edom!
22 And that’s it for you, Zion. The punishment’s complete.
Lamentations 5 The Message (MSG)
Give Us a Fresh Start
5 1-22 “Remember, God, all we’ve been through.
Revelation 15 The Message (MSG)
The Song of Moses, the Song of the Lamb
15 I saw another Sign in Heaven, huge and breathtaking: seven Angels with seven disasters. These are the final disasters, the wrap-up of God’s wrath.
2-4 I saw something like a sea made of glass, the glass all shot through with fire. Carrying harps of God, triumphant over the Beast, its image, and the number of its name, the saved ones stood on the sea of glass. They sang the Song of Moses, servant of God; they sang the Song of the Lamb:
Mighty your acts and marvelous,
5-8 Then I saw the doors of the Temple, the Tent of Witness in Heaven, open wide. The Seven Angels carrying the seven disasters came out of the Temple. They were dressed in clean, bright linen and wore gold vests. One of the Four Animals handed the Seven Angels seven gold bowls, brimming with the wrath of God, who lives forever and ever. Smoke from God’s glory and power poured out of the Temple. No one was permitted to enter the Temple until the seven disasters of the Seven Angels were finished.