Lamentations 3

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The Holy Scriptures (Jubilee Bible 2000)
 

1Aleph I am a man that sees affliction in the rod of his wrath. 2Aleph He has led me and brought me into darkness, but not into light. 3Aleph Surely he is turned against me; he turns his hand against me all the day. 4Beth My flesh and my skin he has made old; he has broken my bones. 5Beth He has built against me and compassed me with gall and travail. 6Beth He has set me in dark places as those that are dead for ever. 7Gimel He has hedged me about that I cannot get out; he has made my chain heavy. 8Gimel Even when I cried and shouted, he shut out my prayer. 9Gimel He has enclosed my ways with hewn stone; he has made my paths crooked. 10Daleth He was unto me as a bear lying in wait and as a lion in secret places. 11Daleth He has made my ways crooked and pulled me in pieces; he has made me desolate. 12Daleth He has bent his bow and set me as a mark for the arrow. 13He He has caused the arrows of his quiver to enter into my kidneys. 14He I was a derision to all my people and their song every day. 15He He has filled me with bitterness, he has made me drunk with wormwood. 16Vau He has broken my teeth with gravel stones; he has covered me with ashes. 17Vau My soul removed itself far from peace; I forgot about good. 18Vau And I said, My strength and my hope of the LORD is perished. 19Zain Remember my affliction and my misery, the wormwood and the gall. 20Zain My soul shall have them still in remembrance because it is humbled in me.

21Zain This shall go down into my heart; therefore I shall wait. 22Chet It is of the LORD’s mercies that we are not consumed because his mercies never diminish. 23Chet They are new every morning; great is thy faith. 24Chet The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore I will wait for him. 25Teth The LORD is good unto those that wait in him, to the soul that seeks him. 26Teth It is good to wait quietly in the salvation of the LORD. 27Teth It is good for the man if he bears the yoke from his youth. 28Jod He shall sit alone and keep silence because he has borne it upon him. 29Jod He shall put his mouth in the dust; if so be there may be hope. 30Jod He shall turn his cheek unto him that smites him; he shall be filled with reproach. 31Caph For the Lord will not cast off for ever: 32Caph But though he causes grief, yet he will also have compassion according to the multitude of his mercies. 33Caph For he does not afflict nor grieve the sons of men from his heart. 34Lamed To crush under his feet all the prisoners of the earth, 35Lamed To turn aside the right of a man before the face of the most High, 36Lamed To subvert a man in his cause, the Lord does not approve.

37Mem Who shall he be that saith that something comes which the Lord has not sent? 38Mem Out of the mouth of the most High proceeds not evil and good? 39Mem Why does the living man have pain, the man in his sins? 40Nun Let us search out our ways, and seek, and turn again to the LORD. 41Nun Let us lift up our heart with our hands unto God in the heavens.

42Nun We have rebelled and been disloyal; therefore thou hast not forgiven. 43Samech Thou hast unfurled anger and persecuted us; thou hast slain, thou hast not forgiven. 44Samech Thou hast covered thyself with a cloud that our prayer should not pass through. 45Samech Thou hast made us as the offscouring and abomination in the midst of the peoples. 46Pe All our enemies have opened their mouths upon us. 47Pe Fear and a snare is come upon us, desolation and destruction. 48Pe My eyes stream with rivers of water for the destruction of the daughter of my people. 49Ain My eyes run down, and cease not, for there is no relief, 50Ain Until the LORD looks down, and beholds from the heavens. 51Ain My eyes make my soul sad because of all the daughters of my city. 52Tzaddi My enemies hunted me like a bird, without cause. 53Tzaddi They bound up my life in the dungeon, and cast a stone upon me. 54Tzaddi Waters flowed over my head; then I said, I am dead.

55Koph I called upon thy name, O LORD, out of the low dungeon. 56Koph Thou hast heard my voice; do not hide thine ear at my cry that I might breath. 57Koph Thou drewest near in the day that I called upon thee; thou didst say, Fear not. 58Resh O Lord, thou hast pleaded the cause of my soul; thou hast redeemed my life. 59Resh O LORD, thou hast seen where I was wrong; plead thou my cause. 60Resh Thou hast seen all their vengeance and all their imaginations against me. 61Schin Thou hast heard their reproach, O LORD, and all their imaginations against me; 62Schin The words of those that rose up against me, and their design against me all the day. 63Schin Behold their sitting down, and their rising up; I am their music. 64Tau Render unto them a recompense, O LORD, according to the work of their hands. 65Tau Give them sorrow of heart; thy curse unto them. 66Tau Persecute them in thy anger and cut them off from under the heavens, oh LORD.