LAMENTATIONS - Chapter 3

1 - I AM the man that hath seen affliction by the rod of his wrath.
2 - He hath led me, and brought me into darkness, but not into light.
3 - Surely against me is he turned; he turneth his hand against me all the day.
4 - My flesh and my skin hath he made old; he hath broken my bones.
5 - He hath builded against me, and compassed me with gall and travail.
6 - He hath set me in dark places, as they that be dead of old.
7 - He hath hedged me about, that I cannot get out: he hath made my chain heavy.
8 - Also when I cry and shout, he shutteth out my prayer.
9 - He hath inclosed my ways with hewn stone, he hath made my paths crooked.
10 - He was unto me as a bear lying in wait, and as a lion in secret places.
11 - He hath turned aside my ways, and pulled me in pieces: he hath made me desolate.
12 - He hath bent his bow, and set me as a mark for the arrow.
13 - He hath caused the arrows of his quiver to enter into my reins.
14 - I was a derision to all my people; and their song all the day.
15 - He hath filled me with bitterness, he hath made me drunken with wormwood.
16 - He hath also broken my teeth with gravel stones, he hath covered me with ashes.
17 - And thou hast removed my soul far off from peace: I forgat prosperity.
18 - And I said, My strength and my hope is perished from the LORD:
19 - Remembering mine affliction and my misery, the wormwood and the gall.
20 - My soul hath them still in remembrance, and is humbled in me.
21 - This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope.
22 - It is of the LORD's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.
23 - They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.
24 - The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.
25 - The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.
26 - It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD.
27 - It is good for a man that he bear the yoke of his youth.
28 - He sitteth alone and keepeth silence, because he hath borne it upon him.
29 - He putteth his mouth in the dust; if so be there may be hope.
30 - He giveth his cheek to him that smiteth him: he is filled full with reproach.
31 - For the LORD will not cast off for ever:
32 - But though he cause grief, yet will he have compassion according to the multitude of his mercies.
33 - For he doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the children of men.
34 - To crush under his feet all the prisoners of the earth.
35 - To turn aside the right of a man before the face of the most High,
36 - To subvert a man in his cause, the LORD approveth not.
37 - Who is he that saith, and it cometh to pass, when the Lord commandeth it not?
38 - Out of the mouth of the most High proceedeth not evil and good?
39 - Wherefore doth a living man complain, a man for the punishment of his sins?
40 - Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the LORD.
41 - Let us lift up our heart with our hands unto God in the heavens.
42 - We have transgressed and have rebelled: thou hast not pardoned.
43 - Thou hast covered with anger, and persecuted us: thou hast slain, thou hast not pitied.
44 - Thou hast covered thyself with a cloud, that our prayer should not pass through.
45 - Thou hast made us as the offscouring and refuse in the midst of the people.
46 - All our enemies have opened their mouths against us.
47 - Fear and a snare is come upon us, desolation and destruction.
48 - Mine eye runneth down with rivers of water for the destruction of the daughter of my people.
49 - Mine eye trickleth down, and ceaseth not, without any intermission.
50 - Till the LORD look down, and behold from heaven.
51 - Mine eye affecteth mine heart because of all the daughters of my city.
52 - Mine enemies chased me sore, like a bird, without cause.
53 - They have cut off my life in the dungeon, and cast a stone upon me.
54 - Waters flowed over mine head; then I said, I am cut off.
55 - I called upon thy name, O LORD, out of the low dungeon.
56 - Thou hast heard my voice: hide not thine ear at my breathing, at my cry.
57 - Thou drewest near in the day that I called upon thee: thou saidst, Fear not.
58 - O LORD, thou hast pleaded the causes of my soul; thou hast redeemed my life.
59 - O LORD, thou hast seen my wrong: judge thou my cause.
60 - Thou hast seen all their vengeance and all their imaginations against me.
61 - Thou hast heard their reproach, O LORD, and all their imaginations against me;
62 - The lips of those that rose up against me, and their device against me all the day.
63 - Behold their sitting down, and their rising up; I am their musick.
64 - Render unto them a recompence, O LORD, according to the work of their hands.
65 - Give them sorrow of heart, thy curse unto them.
66 - Persecute and destroy them in anger from under the heavens of the LORD.