Bishops' Bible

Lamentations 3

The faithful bewail their calamities.

Lamentations 3:1 I am the man that thorowe the rodde of his wrath haue experience of miserie. Lamentations 3:2 He droue me foorth and led me, yea into darknesse, but not into light. Lamentations 3:3 Against me is he turned, he turneth his hande dayly against me. Lamentations 3:4 My flesh and my skinne hath he made olde, and my bones hath he bruised. Lamentations 3:5 He hath buylded rounde about me, and closed me in with gall and trauaile. Lamentations 3:6 He hath set me in darknesse, as they that be dead for euer. Lamentations 3:7 He hath so hedged me in, that I can not get out, and hath layde heauie linkes vpon me. Lamentations 3:8 Though I crye and call pitiously, yet heareth he not my prayer. Lamentations 3:9 He hath stopped vp my wayes with foure squared stones, and made my pathes crooked. Lamentations 3:10 He layeth wayte for me lyke a beare, and as a lion in a hole. Lamentations 3:11 He hath marred my wayes, and broken me in peeces, he hath layde me waste altogether. Lamentations 3:12 He hath bent his bowe, and made me as it were a marke to shoote at. Lamentations 3:13 The arrowes of his quiuer hath he shot, euen into my reynes. Lamentations 3:14 I am laughed to scorne of all my people, they make songues vpon me all the day long. Lamentations 3:15 He hath filled me with bitternesse, and geuen me wormewood to drinke. Lamentations 3:16 He hath smitten my teeth in peeces with stones, and roulled me in the dust. Lamentations 3:17 He hath put my soule out of rest, I forget all good thinges. Lamentations 3:18 I thought in my selfe, I am vndone, there is no hope for me in the Lorde. Lamentations 3:19 O remember yet my miserie and my trouble, the wormewood and the gall. Lamentations 3:20 Yea thou shalt remember them, for my soule melteth away in me. Lamentations 3:21 Whyle I consider these thinges in my heart, I get a hope agayne.

By the mercies of God they nourish their hope.

Lamentations 3:22 [namely] it is of the Lordes mercies that we are not vtterly consumed, for truely his pitifull compassion hath not ceassed. Lamentations 3:23 Newe mercyes shall the Lord shewe vpon thee early in the day springing, (O Lorde) great is thy faythfulnesse. Lamentations 3:24 The Lorde is my portion saith my soule therefore wyll I hope in hym. Lamentations 3:25 O howe good is the Lord vnto them that put their trust in hym, and to the soule that seeketh after hym. Lamentations 3:26 The good man with stilnesse and pacience, taryeth for the health of the Lorde. Lamentations 3:27 O howe good is it for a man to take the yoke vpon him from his youth vp? Lamentations 3:28 He sitteth alone, he holdeth hym styll, because he hath taken [the Lordes yoke] vpon hym. Lamentations 3:29 He layeth his face vpon the earth, if there happen to be any hope. Lamentations 3:30 He offreth his cheeke to the smyter, he wyll be content with reproffes: Lamentations 3:31 For the Lord wil not forsake for euer. Lamentations 3:32 But though he punishe, yet according to the multitude of his mercies he receaueth to grace agayne. Lamentations 3:33 For he doth not plague willingly, and afflict the chyldren of men, Lamentations 3:34 To treade all the prysoners of the earth vnder his feete, Lamentations 3:35 To moue the iudgement of man before the most highest, Lamentations 3:36 To condemne a man in his cause: the Lord hath not pleasure in such thinges.

They acknowledge God's justice.

Lamentations 3:37 What is he then that saith, there should some thing be done without the Lordes commaundement? Lamentations 3:38 Out of the mouth of the most highest goeth not euyll and good? Lamentations 3:39 Wherefore then murmureth the liuing man? let hym murmure at his owne sinne. Lamentations 3:40 Let vs looke well vpon our wayes, and remember our selues, and turne agayne to the Lorde. Lamentations 3:41 Let vs lift our heartes with our handes vnto the Lorde that is in heauen. Lamentations 3:42 We haue ben dissemblers and haue offended, wylt thou therefore not be intreated? Lamentations 3:43 Thou hast couered vs in thy wrath, and persecuted vs: thou hast slayne vs without any fauour. Lamentations 3:44 Thou hast hid thy selfe in a cloude, that our prayer should not go through. Lamentations 3:45 Thou hast made vs outcastes, and to be despised among the people. Lamentations 3:46 All our enemies gape vpon vs. Lamentations 3:47 Feare and pit is come vpon vs, yea deceipt and destruction. Lamentations 3:48 Whole riuers of water gushe out of mine eyes for the hurt of my people: Lamentations 3:49 Myne eyes runne and cannot ceasse, for there is no rest: Lamentations 3:50 O Lorde, when wylt thou looke downe from heauen and consider? Lamentations 3:51 Mine eyes breaketh my heart, because of all the daughters of my citie. Lamentations 3:52 Mine enemies hunted me out sharply like a byrde, yea & that without a cause. Lamentations 3:53 They haue put downe my life into a pit, and they haue cast stones vpon me. Lamentations 3:54 They haue powred water vpon my head: then thought I, nowe am I vndone.

They pray for deliverance,

Lamentations 3:55 I called vpon thy name O Lorde out of the deepe pit. Lamentations 3:56 Thou hast heard my voyce, and hast not turned away thyne eares from my sighing and crying. Lamentations 3:57 Thou hast inclyned thy selfe vnto me when I called vpon thee: and hast said, feare not. Lamentations 3:58 Thou (O Lorde) hast mayntayned the cause of my soule, and hast redeemed my lyfe. Lamentations 3:59 O Lorde, thou hast seene my wrong, take thou my cause vpon thee. Lamentations 3:60 Thou hast well considered howe they go about to do me harme, and that all their counsels are against me. Lamentations 3:61 Thou hast hearde their despitefull wordes O Lorde, yea and all the imaginations against me: Lamentations 3:62 The lippes of mine enemies, and their deuises that they take against me al the day long. Lamentations 3:63 Thou seest also their sitting downe and their rising vp, they make their songes of nothing but of me.

and vengeance on their enemies.

Lamentations 3:64 Rewarde them, O Lorde, according to the workes of their handes. Lamentations 3:65 Geue them an obstinate heart, euen thy curse. Lamentations 3:66 Persecute them O Lorde with thyne indignation, and roote them out from vnder the heauen.

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