Lamentations 2

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The Lamentations of Jeremiah

Chapter 3

1

I [am] the man [that] hath seen1 affliction by the rod of his wrath.

2

He hath led1 me, and brought55 [me into] darkness, but not [into] light.

3

Surely against me is he turned;4 he turneth4 his hand [against me] all the day.

4

My flesh and my skin hath he made old;14 he hath broken14 my bones.

5

He hath builded1 against me, and compassed55 [me] with gall and travail.

6

He hath set52 me in dark places, as [they that be] dead5 of old.

7

He hath hedged1 me about, that I cannot get out:4 he hath made my chain heavy.52

8

Also when I cry4 and shout,17 he shutteth out1 my prayer.

9

He hath inclosed1 my ways with hewn stone, he hath made my paths crooked.14

10

He [was] unto me [as] a bear lying in wait,6 [and as] a lion in secret places.

11

He hath turned aside31 my ways, and pulled me in pieces:17 he hath made1 me desolate.6

12

He hath bent1 his bow, and set55 me as a mark for the arrow.

13

He hath caused the arrows of his quiver to enter52 into my reins.

14

I was a derision to all my people; [and] their song all the day.

15

He hath filled52 me with bitterness, he hath made me drunken52 with wormwood.

16

He hath also broken55 my teeth with gravel stones, he hath covered52 me with ashes.

17

And thou hast removed my soul far off4 from peace: I forgat1 prosperity.

18

And I said,4 My strength and my hope is perished1 from the LORD:

19

Remembering3 mine affliction and my misery, the wormwood and the gall.

20

My soul hath [them] still2 in remembrance,4 and is humbled55 in me.

21

This I recall55 to my mind, therefore have I hope.55

22

[It is of] the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed,1 because his compassions fail1 not.

23

[They are] new every morning: great [is] thy faithfulness.

24

The LORD [is] my portion, saith1 my soul; therefore will I hope55 in him.

25

The LORD [is] good unto them that wait6 for him, to the soul [that] seeketh4 him.

26

[It is] good that [a man] should both hope 2342 4 and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD.

27

[It is] good for a man that he bear4 the yoke in his youth.

28

He sitteth4 alone and keepeth silence,4 because he hath borne1 [it] upon him.

29

He putteth4 his mouth in the dust; if so be there may be hope.

30

He giveth4 [his] cheek to him that smiteth56 him: he is filled4 full with reproach.

31

For the Lord will not cast off4 for ever:

32

But though he cause grief,52 yet will he have compassion14 according to the multitude of his mercies.

33

For he doth not afflict14 willingly nor grieve17 the children of men.

34

To crush15 under his feet all the prisoners of the earth,

35

To turn aside53 the right of a man before the face of the most High,

36

To subvert15 a man in his cause, the Lord approveth1 not.

37

Who [is] he [that] saith,1 and it cometh to pass, [when] the Lord commandeth14 [it] not?

38

Out of the mouth of the most High proceedeth4 not evil and good?

39

Wherefore doth a living man complain,101 a man for the punishment of his sins?

40

Let us search4 and try4 our ways, and turn again4 to the LORD.

41

Let us lift up4 our heart with [our] hands unto God in the heavens.

42

We have transgressed1 and have rebelled:1 thou hast not pardoned.1

43

Thou hast covered1 with anger, and persecuted4 us: thou hast slain,1 thou hast not pitied.1

44

Thou hast covered1 thyself with a cloud, that [our] prayer should not pass through.2

45

Thou hast made4 us [as] the offscouring and refuse in the midst of the people.

46

All our enemies6 have opened1 their mouths against us.

47

Fear and a snare is come upon us, desolation and destruction.

48

Mine eye runneth down4 with rivers of water for the destruction of the daughter of my people.

49

Mine eye trickleth down,8 and ceaseth4 not, without any intermission,

50

Till the LORD look down,55 and behold4 from heaven.

51

Mine eye affecteth22 mine heart because of all the daughters of my city.

52

Mine enemies6 chased1 me sore,2 like a bird, without cause.

53

They have cut off1 my life in the dungeon, and cast17 a stone upon me.

54

Waters flowed1 over mine head; [then] I said,1 I am cut off.8

55

I called1 upon thy name, O LORD, out of the low dungeon.

56

Thou hast heard1 my voice: hide55 not thine ear at my breathing, at my cry.

57

Thou drewest near1 in the day [that] I called4 upon thee: thou saidst,1 Fear4 not.

58

O Lord, thou hast pleaded1 the causes of my soul; thou hast redeemed1 my life.

59

O LORD, thou hast seen1 my wrong: judge3 thou my cause.

60

Thou hast seen1 all their vengeance [and] all their imaginations against me.

61

Thou hast heard1 their reproach, O LORD, [and] all their imaginations against me;

62

The lips of those that rose up5 against me, and their device against me all the day.

63

Behold54 their sitting down,2 and their rising up; I [am] their musick.

64

Render55 unto them a recompence, O LORD, according to the work of their hands.

65

Give4 them sorrow of heart, thy curse unto them.

66

Persecute4 and destroy55 them in anger from under the heavens of the LORD.

Lamentations 4