The faithful bewail their calamities.
Lamentations 3:1 I am the ma, that (thorow the rodd of his wrath) haue experiece of misery. Lamentations 3:2 He droue me forth, and led me: yee into darcknesse, but not in to light. Lamentations 3:3 Agaynst me only he turneth his honde, & layeth it euer vpon me. Lamentations 3:4 My flesh & my skynne hath he made olde, and my bones hath he brussed. Lamentations 3:5 He hath buylded rounde aboute me, & closed me in with gall and trauayle. Lamentations 3:6 He hath set me in darcknesse, as they that be deed for euer. Lamentations 3:7 He hath so hedged me in, that I can not get out, & hath layed heuy lynckes vpon me. Lamentations 3:8 Though I crie & call piteously, yet heareth he not my prayer. Lamentations 3:9 He hath stopped vp my wayes with foure squared stones, & made my pathes croked. Lamentations 3:10 He layeth waite for me like a Bere, and as a lyon in a hole. Lamentations 3:11 He hath marred my wayes, and broke me in peces, he hath layed me waist altogether. Lamentations 3:12 He hath bent his bowe, and made me as it were a marck to shute at. Lamentations 3:13 The arowes of his quyuer hath he shot, euen in to my reynes. Lamentations 3:14 I am laughed to scorne of all my people, they make songes vpon me all ye daye loge. Lamentations 3:15 He hath fylled me with bytternesse, & geuen me wormwod to drynke. Lamentations 3:16 He hath smytten my teth in peces, & rolled 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 self: I am vndone, there is no hope for me in the LORDE. Lamentations 3:19 O remembre yet my mysery and my trouble, the wormwod and the gall. Lamentations 3:20 Yee thou shalt remebre them, for my soule melteth awaye in me. Lamentations 3:21 Whyle I cosidre these thinges in my hert, I get a hope agayne.
By the mercies of God they nourish their hope.
Lamentations 3:22 Namely, that the mercies of the LORDE are not clene gone, & that his louynge kyndnesse ceasseth not. Lamentations 3:23 His faithfulnes is greate, and renueth it self as the mornynge. Lamentations 3:24 The LORDE is my porcion (saieth my soule) therfore wil I hope in him. Lamentations 3:25 O how good is the LORDE vnto the, that put their trust in him, and to the soule that seketh after him? Lamentations 3:26 O how good is it with stilnesse to wate and tarie, for the health of the LORDE? Lamentations 3:27 O how good is it for a man, to take the yock vpon him from his youth vp? Lamentations 3:28 He sitteth alone, he holdeth him still. and dwelleth quietly by him self. Lamentations 3:29 He layeth his face vpon the earth, yf (percase) there happen to be eny hope. Lamentations 3:30 He offreth his cheke to the smyter, he will be content with reproues. Lamentations 3:31 For the LORDE wil not forsake for euer. Lamentations 3:32 But though he do cast of, yet (acordinge to ye multitude of his mercies) he receaueth to grace agayne. Lamentations 3:33 For he doth not plage, & cast out the children of men from his herte. Lamentations 3:34 To treade all the presoners of the earth vnder his fete. Lamentations 3:35 To moue the iudgment of man before the most highest. Lamentations 3:36 To condemne a man in his cause: The LORDE hath no pleasure in soch thinges.
They acknowledge God's justice.
Lamentations 3:37 What is he then that saieth: there shulde somthinge be done without the LORDES comaundement? Lamentations 3:38 Out of the mouth of the most highest goeth not euell and good. Lamentations 3:39 Wherfore them murmureth the lyuinge man? let him murmoure at his owne synne, Lamentations 3:40 Let vs loke well vpon oure owne waies, & remembre oure selues, and turne agayne to ye LORDE. Lamentations 3:41 Let vs lift vp oure hertes with oure hondes vnto the LORDE, that is in heauen. Lamentations 3:42 We haue bene dyssemblers & haue offended, wilt thou therfore not be intreated? Lamentations 3:43 Thou hast couered vs in thy wrath, & persecuted vs, thou hast slayne vs without eny fauoure. Lamentations 3:44 Thou hast hyd thy self in a cloude, that oure prayer shulde not go thorow. Lamentations 3:45 Thou hast made vs outcastes, and to be despysed amonge the Heithen. Lamentations 3:46 All oure enemies gape vpon vs. Lamentations 3:47 Feare and snare is come vpon vs, yee despite and destruccion. Lamentations 3:48 Whole ryuers of water gusshe out of myne eyes, for the greate hurte of my people. Lamentations 3:49 Myne eyes runne, and can not ceasse, for there is no rest. Lamentations 3:50 O LORDE, when wilt thou loke downe fro heauen, and considre? Lamentations 3:51 Myne eye breaketh my herte, because of all the doughters of my cite. Lamentations 3:52 Myne enemies hunted me out sharpely like a byrde, yee and that with out a cause. Lamentations 3:53 They haue put downe my life in to a pitte, and layed a stone vpon me. Lamentations 3:54 They poured water vpon my heade, then thought I: now am I vndone.
They pray for deliverance,
Lamentations 3:55 I called vpon thy name (O LORDE) out of the depe pitte. Lamentations 3:56 Thou hast herde my voyce, & hast not turned awaye thine eares fro my sighinge and crienge. Lamentations 3:57 Thou hast enclyned yi self vnto me, whe I called vpon the, & haist sayde: feare not. Lamentations 3:58 Thou (O LORDE) hast mayntened the cause of my soule, and hast redemed my life. Lamentations 3:59 O LORDE, thou hast sene my blasphemers, take thou my cause vpon the. Lamentations 3:60 Thou hast well considred how they go aboute to do me harme, & that all their councels are agaynst me. Lamentations 3:61 Thou hast herde their despytefull wordes (O LORDE) yee and all their ymaginacions agaynst me. Lamentations 3:62 The lippes of myne enemies, & their deuyces that they take agaynst me, all the daye longe. Lamentations 3:63 Thou seist also their sittinge downe and their rysinge vp, they make their songes of nothinge but of me.
and vengeance on their enemies.
Lamentations 3:64 Rewarde them (O LORDE) acordinge to the workes of their hondes. Lamentations 3:65 Geue them ye thinge, that their owne herte is afrayed of: euen thy curse. Lamentations 3:66 Persecute them, (O LORDE) with thy indignacion, & rote them out from vnder the heauen.