The faithful bewail their calamities.
Lamentations 3:1 Aleph. I am the man, that (thorowe the rodd of hys wrath) haue experyence of mysery. Lamentations 3:2 He droue me forth, and led me: yee into darcknesse, but not in to lyght. Lamentations 3:3 Agaynst me onely he turneth hys hande, and layeth it euer vpon me. Lamentations 3:4 Beth. My flesh & my skynne hath he made olde, and my bones hath he brused. Lamentations 3:5 He hath buylded rounde aboute me, & closed me in wyth gall and trauayle. Lamentations 3:6 He hath set me in darcknesse, as they that be deed for euer. Lamentations 3:7 Gymel. He hath so hedged me in, that I can not get out, and hath layed heuy lynckes vpon me. Lamentations 3:8 Though I crye and call piteously, yet heareth he not my prayer. Lamentations 3:9 He hath stopped vp my wayes wyth foure squared stones, and made my pathes croked. Lamentations 3:10 Daleth. He layeth wayte for me lyke a Bere, & 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 his bowe, and made me as it were a marck to shutte at. Lamentations 3:13 He. The arowes of his quyuer hath he shot, euen into my reynes. Lamentations 3:14 I am laughed to scorne of al my people, they make songes vpon me all þe daye longe. Lamentations 3:15 He hath fylled me with bytternesse, and geuen me wormwod to dryncke. Lamentations 3:16 Vau. 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 thynges. Lamentations 3:18 I thought in my selfe: I am vndone, there is no hope for me in the Lorde. Lamentations 3:19 Zain. O remembre yet my mysery & 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 hert, I get a hope agayne.
By the mercies of God they nourish their hope.
Lamentations 3:22 Heth. Namely, þt the mercyes of the Lord are not cleane gone, and that hys louynge kyndnesse ceasseth not. Lamentations 3:23 His faythfulnes is greate, and renueth it selfe as the mournynge. Lamentations 3:24 The Lorde is my porcyon, sayeth my soule therfore wyll I hope in hym. Lamentations 3:25 Teth. O how good is þe Lord vnto them, þt put their truste in him, & to þe soule þt seketh after him? Lamentations 3:26 O how good is it with stylnesse to wate & tarye, for the health of the Lorde? Lamentations 3:27 O how good is it for a man, to take the yock vpon hym from hys youth vp. Lamentations 3:28 Iod. He sytteth alone, he holdeth hym still, and dwelleth quyetly by him selfe? Lamentations 3:29 He layeth his face vpon the earth, yf (percase) there happen to be eny hope. Lamentations 3:30 He offreth hys cheke to the smyter, he wyl be content with reproues. Lamentations 3:31 Caph. For the Lorde wyll not forsake for euer. Lamentations 3:32 But though he do cast of, yet accordynge to þe multitude of hys mercyes, he receyueth to grace agayne. Lamentations 3:33 For he doeth not plage, & cast out the chyldren of men from his herte. Lamentations 3:34 Lamed. To treade all the presoners of the earth vnder hys fete. Lamentations 3:35 To moue the iudgement of man before the most hyghest. Lamentations 3:36 To condemne a man in hys cause: The Lorde hath no pleasure in soche thynges.
They acknowledge God's justice.
Lamentations 3:37 Mem. What is he then that sayeth: there shuld somethynge be done without the Lordes commaundement: Lamentations 3:38 Out of the mouth of the mooste Hyghest goeth not euell and good? Lamentations 3:39 Wherfore then murmureth the lyuynge man? let hym murmure at hys owne synne. Lamentations 3:40 Nun. Let vs loke well vpon oure owne wayes, and remembre oure selues, and turne agayne to the Lorde. Lamentations 3:41 Let vs lyft vp oure hertes with oure handes vnto the Lorde that is in heauen. Lamentations 3:42 We haue bene dyssemblers, and haue offended, wylt thou therfore not be intreated? Lamentations 3:43 Samech. Thou hast couered vs in thy wrath, & persecuted vs, thou hast slayne vs wythout any fauoure. Lamentations 3:44 Thou hast hyd thy selfe in a cloude, that oure prayer shulde not go thorow. Lamentations 3:45 Thou hast made vs outcastes, and to be despysed amonge the Heathen. Lamentations 3:46 Ain. All oure enemyes gape vpon vs. Lamentations 3:47 Feare and snare is come vpon vs, yee despyte and destruccyon. Lamentations 3:48 Whole riuers of water gushe out of myne eyes, for the greate hurte of my people. Lamentations 3:49 Phe Myne eyes runne, and can not 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 Zade. Myne enemyes hunted me out sharpely, lyke a byrde, yee and that without a cause Lamentations 3:53 They haue put downe my life into a pitte and layed a stone vpon me. Lamentations 3:54 They poured water vpon my head, then thought I: now am I vndone.
They pray for deliverance,
Lamentations 3:55 Koph. I called vpon thy name, O Lorde, out of the depe pytte. Lamentations 3:56 Thou hast herde my voyce, and hast not turned awaye thine eares fro my syghinge & cryenge. Lamentations 3:57 Thou hast enclyned thy self vnto me, when I called vpon the, and haste sayde: feare not. Lamentations 3:58 Res. Thou (O Lorde) hast mayntened the cause of my soule, and hast redemed my lyfe. Lamentations 3:59 O Lorde, thou hast sene my blasphemers take thou my cause vpon the. Lamentations 3:60 Thou hast well consydred how they go about to do me harme, and that all their councels are agaynst me. Lamentations 3:61 Sin. Thou hast herde their despytefull wordes (O Lorde) yee and all their ymaginacyons agaynst me. Lamentations 3:62 The lippes of myne enemyes, and their deuyces that they take agaynst me, all the daye longe. Lamentations 3:63 Thou seyst also their syttinge downe and their rysinge vp, they make their songes of nothinge but of me.
and vengeance on their enemies.
Lamentations 3:64 Thau. Rewarde them (O Lorde) accordynge to the workes of their handes. Lamentations 3:65 Geue them the thynge, that their owne herte is afraied of: euen thy curse. Lamentations 3:66 Persecute them (O Lorde) with thyne indygnacyon, and rote them out from vnder the heauen.