The faithful bewail their calamities.
Lamentations 3:1 I [Am] the man [that] hath seene affliction by the rod of his wrath. Lamentations 3:2 He hath led me and brought [mee into] darkenesse, but not into light. Lamentations 3:3 Surely against me is he turned, he turneth his hand [against me] all the day. Lamentations 3:4 My flesh and my skinne hath he made old, he hath broken my bones. Lamentations 3:5 He hath builded against me, and compassed [me] with gall and trauel. Lamentations 3:6 He hath set me in darke places, as they that be dead of old. Lamentations 3:7 He hath hedged me about, that I cannot get out: hee hath made my chaine heauie. Lamentations 3:8 Also when I cry and shout, he shutteth out my prayer. Lamentations 3:9 Hee hath inclosed my wayes with hewen stone: he hath made my pathes crooked. Lamentations 3:10 He [was] vnto me [as] a Beare lying in waite, [and as] a Lion in secret places. Lamentations 3:11 Hee hath turned aside my wayes, and pulled me in pieces: hee hath made me desolate. Lamentations 3:12 He hath bent his bow, and set me as a marke for the arrow. Lamentations 3:13 Hee hath caused the arrowes of his quiuer to enter into my reines. Lamentations 3:14 I was a derision to all my people, [and] their song all the day. Lamentations 3:15 Hee hath filled me with bitternesse, hee hath made me drunken with wormewood. Lamentations 3:16 He hath also broken my teeth with grauell stones, hee hath couered me with ashes. Lamentations 3:17 And thou hast remoued my soule farre off from peace: I forgate prosperitie. Lamentations 3:18 And I said, My strength and my hope is perished from the LORD: Lamentations 3:19 Remembring mine affliction and my miserie, the wormewood & the gall. Lamentations 3:20 My soule hath [them] still in remembrance, and is humbled in me. Lamentations 3:21 This I recall to my mind, therefore haue I hope.
By the mercies of God they nourish their hope.
Lamentations 3:22 [It is of] the LORDS mercies that wee are not consumed, because his compassions faile not. Lamentations 3:23 [They are] newe euery morning: great [is] thy faithfulnesse. Lamentations 3:24 The LORD [is] my portion, sayth my soule, therefore will I hope in him. Lamentations 3:25 The LORD [is] good vnto them that waite for him, to the soule [that] seeketh him. Lamentations 3:26 [It is] good that [a man] should both hope and quietly wait for the saluation of the LORD. Lamentations 3:27 [It is] good for a man that he beare the yoke in his youth. Lamentations 3:28 Hee sitteth alone and keepeth silence, because hee hath borne [it] vpon him. Lamentations 3:29 He putteth his mouth in the dust, if so be there may be hope. Lamentations 3:30 Hee giueth his cheeke to him that smiteth him, hee is filled full with reproch. Lamentations 3:31 For the Lord will not cast off for euer. Lamentations 3:32 But though hee cause griefe, yet will hee haue compassion according to the multitude of his mercies. Lamentations 3:33 For he doth not afflict willingly, nor grieue the children of men. Lamentations 3:34 To crush vnder his feete all the prisoners of the earth, Lamentations 3:35 To turne aside the right of a man before the face of the most high, Lamentations 3:36 To subuert a man in his cause, the Lord approoueth not.
They acknowledge God's justice.
Lamentations 3:37 Who [is] hee [that] sayth, and it commeth to passe, [when] the Lord commandeth [it] not? Lamentations 3:38 Out of the mouth of the most hie proceedeth not euill and good? Lamentations 3:39 Wherefore doeth a liuing man complaine, a man for the punishment of his sinnes? Lamentations 3:40 Let vs search and try our waies, and turne againe to the LORD. Lamentations 3:41 Let vs lift vp our heart with our hands vnto God in the heauens. Lamentations 3:42 We haue transgressed, and haue rebelled, thou hast not pardoned. Lamentations 3:43 Thou hast couered with anger, and persecuted vs: thou hast slaine, thou hast not pitied. Lamentations 3:44 Thou hast couered thy selfe with a cloud, that our prayer should not passe through. Lamentations 3:45 Thou hast made vs as the offscouring and refuse in the middest of the people. Lamentations 3:46 All our enemies haue opened their mouthes against vs. Lamentations 3:47 Feare and a snare is come vpon vs, desolation and destruction. Lamentations 3:48 Mine eye runneth downe with riuers of water, for the destruction of the daughter of my people. Lamentations 3:49 Mine eye trickleth downe and ceaseth not, without any intermission: Lamentations 3:50 Till the LORD looke downe, and behold from heauen. Lamentations 3:51 Mine eye affecteth mine heart, because of all the daughters of my city. Lamentations 3:52 Mine enemies chased me sore like a bird, without cause. Lamentations 3:53 They haue cut off my life in the dungeon, and cast a stone vpon me. Lamentations 3:54 Waters flowed ouer mine head, [then] I sayd, I am cut off.
They pray for deliverance,
Lamentations 3:55 I called vpon thy name, O LORD, out of the low dungeon. Lamentations 3:56 Thou hast heard my voice, hide not thine eare at my breathing, at my crie. Lamentations 3:57 Thou drewest neere in the day that I called vpon thee: thou saidst, Feare not. Lamentations 3:58 O Lord, thou hast pleaded the causes of my soule, thou hast redeemed my life. Lamentations 3:59 O LORD, thou hast seene my wrong, iudge thou my cause. Lamentations 3:60 Thou hast seene all their vengeance; [and] all their imaginations against me. Lamentations 3:61 Thou hast heard their reproch, O LORD, [and] all their imaginations against me: Lamentations 3:62 The lippes of those that rose vp against me, and their deuice against me all the day. Lamentations 3:63 Behold, their sitting downe and their rising vp, I [am] their musicke.
and vengeance on their enemies.
Lamentations 3:64 Render vnto them a recompense, O LORD, according to the worke of their hands. Lamentations 3:65 Giue them sorrow of heart, thy curse vnto them. Lamentations 3:66 Persecute and destroy [them] in anger, from vnder the heauens of the LORD.