La 3:1I am the man who has seen affliction / By the rod of His wrath.

La 3:2He has driven me and brought me / Into darkness and not light.

La 3:3Surely against me He has turned His hand / Again and again all the day.

La 3:4He has wasted my flesh and my skin; / He has broken my bones.

La 3:5He has built up a siege against me / And encircled me with gall and travail.

La 3:6He has made me dwell in dark places, / Like those who have long been dead.

La 3:7He has walled me about so that I cannot go forth; / He has made my bronze chain heavy.

La 3:8Indeed, when I cry out and call for help, / He shuts out my prayer.

La 3:9He has walled in my ways with hewn stone; / He has made my paths crooked.

La 3:10He is to me like a bear lying in wait, / Like a lion in hidden places.

La 3:11He has turned aside my ways and torn me to pieces; / He has made me desolate.

La 3:12He bent His bow / And set me as a target for the arrow.

La 3:13He has caused the arrows of His quiver / To enter my inward parts.

La 3:14I have become a derision to all my people, / Their mocking song all the day.

La 3:15He has filled me with bitterness; / He has made me drunk with wormwood.

La 3:16He has also crushed my teeth with gravel; / He has covered me with ashes.

La 3:17And You have removed my soul far from peace; / I have forgotten prosperity.

La 3:18And I said, My strength has perished / As well as my hope in Jehovah.

La 3:19Remember my affliction and my wandering, / The wormwood and the gall.

La 3:20My soul remembers them well / And is bowed down within me.

La 3:21This I recall to my heart; / Therefore I have hope.

La 3:22It is Jehovah’s lovingkindness that we are not consumed, / For His compassions do not fail;

La 3:23They are new every morning; / Great is Your faithfulness.

La 3:24Jehovah is my portion, says my soul; / Therefore I hope in Him.

La 3:25Jehovah is good to those who wait on Him, / To the soul that seeks Him.

La 3:26It is good for one to hope, and to do so in silence, / For the salvation of Jehovah.

La 3:27It is good for a man to bear / The yoke in his youth.

La 3:28Let him sit alone and be silent, / Because He has laid it upon him.

La 3:29Let him put his mouth in the dust — / Perhaps there is hope.

La 3:30Let him give his cheek to him who strikes him; / Let him be filled with reproach.

La 3:31For the Lord will not / Cast off forever.

La 3:32But even if He causes grief, He will have compassion / According to the multitude of His lovingkindness;

La 3:33For He does not afflict willingly / Or grieve the children of men.

La 3:34The crushing under his foot / Of all the prisoners of the earth,

La 3:35The turning aside of the justice due a man / Before the face of the Most High,

La 3:36The wronging of a man in his cause — / Will not the Lord see all these?

La 3:37Who is he who says, and it comes to pass, / What the Lord has not commanded?

La 3:38Out of the mouth of the Most High / Do there not proceed evil things and something good?

La 3:39Why does a living man complain, / A man for the punishment of his sins?

La 3:40Let us examine our ways and try them, / And let us turn again to Jehovah.

La 3:41Let us lift up our heart with our hands / Unto God in the heavens.

La 3:42We have transgressed and rebelled; / You have not pardoned.

La 3:43You have covered Yourself with anger and have pursued us; / You have slain; You have not spared.

La 3:44You have covered Yourself with a cloud / That prayer might not pass through.

La 3:45You have made us offscouring and refuse / In the midst of the peoples.

La 3:46All our enemies have opened / Their mouths against us.

La 3:47Fear and the pit are upon us, / Devastation and destruction.

La 3:48My eye runs down with streams of water / For the destruction of the daughter of my people.

La 3:49My eye pours forth and does not stop; / There is no cessation,

La 3:50Until Jehovah looks down / And sees from the heavens.

La 3:51My eye pains my soul / Because of all the daughters of my city.

La 3:52They have hunted me down like a bird, / They who are my enemies without cause.

La 3:53They have brought my life to its end in the pit / And have thrown a stone upon me.

La 3:54Water streamed over my head; / I said, I have been cut off.

La 3:55I called upon Your name, O Jehovah, / From the lowest pit.

La 3:56You have heard my voice; do not hide / Your ear at my breathing, at my cry.

La 3:57You drew near in the day that I called upon You; / You said, Do not fear.

La 3:58Lord, You have pleaded my soul’s case; / You have redeemed my life.

La 3:59You have seen, O Jehovah, my oppression; / Judge my cause.

La 3:60You have seen all their vengeance, / All their plans, against me.

La 3:61You have heard their reproach, O Jehovah, / All their plans against me,

La 3:62The lips of those who rise up against me / And their meditation against me all the day.

La 3:63Look upon their sitting down and their rising up; / I am their mocking song.

La 3:64You will render to them a recompense, O Jehovah, / According to the work of their hands.

La 3:65You will give them hardness of heart; / Your curse be upon them.

La 3:66You will pursue them in anger and will destroy them / From under the heavens of Jehovah.

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