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Lamentations 3 [Commentary] |
||I am the man who has seen affliction
Because of the rod of His wrath.
||He has driven me and made me walk
In darkness and not in light.
||Surely against me He has turned His hand
Repeatedly all the day.
||He has caused my flesh and my skin to waste away,
He has broken my bones.
||He has besieged and encompassed me with bitterness and hardship.
||In dark places He has made me dwell,
Like those who have long been dead.
||He has walled me in so that I cannot go out;
He has made my chain heavy.
||Even when I cry out and call for help,
He shuts out my prayer.
||He has blocked my ways with hewn stone;
He has made my paths crooked.
||He is to me like a bear lying in wait,
Like a lion in secret places.
||He has turned aside my ways and torn me to pieces;
He has made me desolate.
||He bent His bow
And set me as a target for the arrow.
||He made the arrows of His quiver
To enter into my inward parts.
||I have become a laughingstock to all my people,
Their mocking song all the day.
||He has filled me with bitterness,
He has made me drunk with wormwood.
||He has broken my teeth with gravel;
He has made me cower in the dust.
||My soul has been rejected from peace;
I have forgotten happiness.
||So I say, "My strength has perished,
And so has my hope from the LORD."
||Remember my affliction and my wandering, the wormwood and bitterness.
||Surely my soul remembers
And is bowed down within me.
||This I recall to my mind,
Therefore I have hope.
||The LORD'S lovingkindnesses indeed never cease,
For His compassions never fail.
||They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness.
||"The LORD is my portion," says my soul,
"Therefore I have hope in Him."
||The LORD is good to those who wait for Him,
To the person who seeks Him.
||It is good that he waits silently
For the salvation of the LORD.
||It is good for a man that he should bear
The yoke in his youth.
||Let him sit alone and be silent
Since He has laid it on him.
||Let him put his mouth in the dust,
Perhaps there is hope.
||Let him give his cheek to the smiter,
Let him be filled with reproach.
||For the Lord will not reject forever,
||For if He causes grief,
Then He will have compassion
According to His abundant lovingkindness.
||For He does not afflict willingly
Or grieve the sons of men.
||To crush under His feet
All the prisoners of the land,
||To deprive a man of justice
In the presence of the Most High,
||To defraud a man in his lawsuit--
Of these things the Lord does not approve.
||Who is there who speaks and it comes to pass,
Unless the Lord has commanded it?
||Is it not from the mouth of the Most High
That both good and ill go forth?
||Why should any living mortal, or any man,
Offer complaint in view of his sins?
||Let us examine and probe our ways,
And let us return to the LORD.
||We lift up our heart and hands
Toward God in heaven;
||We have transgressed and rebelled,
You have not pardoned.
||You have covered Yourself with anger
And pursued us;
You have slain and have not spared.
||You have covered Yourself with a cloud
So that no prayer can pass through.
||You have made us mere offscouring and refuse
In the midst of the peoples.
||All our enemies have opened their mouths against us.
||Panic and pitfall have befallen us,
Devastation and destruction;
||My eyes run down with streams of water
Because of the destruction of the daughter of my people.
||My eyes pour down unceasingly,
||Until the LORD looks down
And sees from heaven.
||My eyes bring pain to my soul
Because of all the daughters of my city.
||My enemies without cause
Hunted me down like a bird;
||They have silenced me in the pit
And have placed a stone on me.
||Waters flowed over my head;
I said, "I am cut off!"
||I called on Your name, O LORD,
Out of the lowest pit.
||You have heard my voice,
"Do not hide Your ear from my prayer for relief,
From my cry for help."
||You drew near when I called on You;
You said, "Do not fear!"
||O Lord, You have pleaded my soul's cause;
You have redeemed my life.
||O LORD, You have seen my oppression;
Judge my case.
||You have seen all their vengeance,
All their schemes against me.
||You have heard their reproach, O LORD,
All their schemes against me.
||The lips of my assailants and their whispering
Are against me all day long.
||Look on their sitting and their rising;
I am their mocking song.
||You will recompense them, O LORD,
According to the work of their hands.
||You will give them hardness of heart,
Your curse will be on them.
||You will pursue them in anger and destroy them
From under the heavens of the LORD !
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