The faithful bewail their calamities.
Lamentations 3:1 I am the man, that (thorowe the rodd of hys wrath) haue experience of misery. Lamentations 3:2 He droue me forth, and led me: yee, into darckenesse, but not into lyght. Lamentations 3:3 Agaynst me onely he turneth hys hande, and layeth it euer vpon me. Lamentations 3:4 My fleshe and my skynne hath he made olde, & my bones hath he brused. Lamentations 3:5 He hath buylded rounde aboute me, and closed me in with gall and trauayle. Lamentations 3:6 He hath sett me in darckenes, as they that be deed for euer. Lamentations 3:7 He hath so hedged me in, that I cannot get out, and hath layed heuy lynckes vpon me. Lamentations 3:8 Though I crye and call pyteously, yet heareth he not my prayer. Lamentations 3:9 He hath stopped vp my wayes with foure squared stones, and made my pathes croked. Lamentations 3:10 He layeth wayte for me lyke a Beare, and as a lyon in a hole. Lamentations 3:11 He hath marred my wayes, and broken me in peces, he hath layed me waste altogether. Lamentations 3:12 He hath bent hys bowe, & made me as it were a marck to shut at: Lamentations 3:13 The arowes of his quyuer hath he shot euen into myne reynes. Lamentations 3:14 I am laughed to scorne of all my people, they make songes vpon me all the daye longe. Lamentations 3:15 He hath fylled me with bitternes, and geuen me wormwod to dryncke. Lamentations 3:16 He hath smitten my teth in peces with stones, and rolled me in þe dust. Lamentations 3:17 He hath put my soule out of rest, I forget all good thynges. Lamentations 3:18 I thought in my selfe: I am vndone, there is no hope for me in the Lorde. Lamentations 3:19 O remembre yet my misery and my trouble, the wormwod and the gall. Lamentations 3:20 Yee, thou shalt remembre them, for my soule melteth awaye in me. Lamentations 3:21 Whyle I consydre these thynges in my herte, I get a hope agayne.
By the mercies of God they nourish their hope.
Lamentations 3:22 Namely, it is of the Lordes mercyes that we are not, vtterly consumed. For trulye hys pytefull compassion hath not ceassed. Lamentations 3:23 Newe mercyes shall the Lorde shewe vpon the, erly, yee in the daye sprynge, (O Lorde) greate is thy faythfulnesse. Lamentations 3:24 The Lorde is my porcyon, sayeth my soule, therfore wyll I hope in him. Lamentations 3:25 O how good is the Lorde vnto them, that put theyr trust in hym, and to þe soule that seketh after hym? Lamentations 3:26 The good man with stylnes and pacience tarieth, for the health of the Lorde. Lamentations 3:27 O howe good is it for a man, to take the yock vpon him from his youth vp. Lamentations 3:28 He sytteth alone, he holdeth hym still, and dwelleth quyetly by him selfe. Lamentations 3:29 He laieth hys face vpon the earth, yf (percase) there happen to be eny hope. Lamentations 3:30 He offreth his cheke to the smyter, he wyll be content with reproues. Lamentations 3:31 For the Lorde wyll not forsake for euer, Lamentations 3:32 but though he punyshe hym: yet according to the multitude of his mercyes, 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 iudgement of man before the most hyghest. Lamentations 3:36 To condempne a man in hys cause. The Lorde hath not pleasure in soche thynges.
They acknowledge God's justice.
Lamentations 3:37 What is he then that saieth: there shulde somthinge be done without the Lordes commaundement. Lamentations 3:38 Out of the mouth of the moost hyghest goeth not euell and good? Lamentations 3:39 Wherfore then murmureth the lyuynge man? let him murmure at his awne synne. Lamentations 3:40 Let vs loke, well vpon our awne wayes and remembre oure selues, and turne againe to the Lorde. Lamentations 3:41 Let vs lyfte vp oure hertes with oure handes vnto the Lorde that is in heauen. Lamentations 3:42 We haue bene dissemblers, and haue offended, wylt thou therfore not be intreaded? Lamentations 3:43 Thou hast couered vs in thy wrath, and persecuted vs, thou hast slayne vs without any fauoure. Lamentations 3:44 Thou hast hyd thy selfe in a cloude, þt oure prayer shuld not go thorowe. Lamentations 3:45 Thou hast made vs out castes, and to be despysed amonge the people. Lamentations 3:46 All oure enemyes gape vpon vs. Lamentations 3:47 Feare and pytt is come vpon vs, yee, deceyte and destruccion. Lamentations 3:48 Whole ryuers of water gushe oute of myne eyes, for the greate hurte 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 loke downe from heauen, and consydre? Lamentations 3:51 Myne eye breaketh my herte: because of all the daughters of my cyte. Lamentations 3:52 Myne enemies hunted me out sharpely, lyke a byrde, yee, and that without a cause. Lamentations 3:53 They haue put downe my life into a pytt, & they haue cast stones vpon me. Lamentations 3:54 They poured water vpon my heade, then thought I: nowe am I vndone.
They pray for deliverance,
Lamentations 3:55 I called vpon thy name, O Lord, out of þe depe pyt. Lamentations 3:56 Thou hast herde my voyce: and hast not turned awaye thyne eares fro my syghthynge and cryenge. Lamentations 3:57 Thou hast enclyned thy selfe vnto me, when I called vpon the, and haste sayde: feare not. Lamentations 3:58 Thou (O Lorde) hast mayntened the cause of my soule, and hast redemed my lyfe. Lamentations 3:59 O Lorde þu hast sene my blasphemers, take thou my cause vpon the. Lamentations 3:60 Thou hast well consydred howe they go aboute to do me harme, & that all their councels are agaynst me. Lamentations 3:61 Thou hast heard their despytefull wordes (O Lorde) yee, and all theyr ymaginacyons agaynst me. Lamentations 3:62 The lyppes of myne enemyes, and theyr deuices that they take agaynst me, all þe daye longe. Lamentations 3:63 Thou seyst also theyr syttinge downe, and theyr rysinge vp: they make theyr songes of nothynge but of me.
and vengeance on their enemies.
Lamentations 3:64 Rewarde them (O Lorde) accordynge to the worckes of theyr handes, Lamentations 3:65 Geue them an obstinate herte: euen thy curse. Lamentations 3:66 Persecute them (O Lorde) with thyne indignacyon, and rote them out from vnder the heauen.