The faithful bewail their calamities.
Lamentations 3:1 I, am the man, that hath seen affliction, by the rod of his indignation; Lamentations 3:2 Me, hath he driven out and brought into darkness, and not light; Lamentations 3:3 Surely, against me, doth he again and again, turn his hand all the day. Lamentations 3:4 He hath worn out my flesh and my skin, hath broken my bones; Lamentations 3:5 He hath built up against me, and carried round me, fortifications and a trench; Lamentations 3:6 In dark places, hath he made me sit, like the dead of age-past times. Lamentations 3:7 He hath walled up around me, that I cannot get out, hath weighted my fetter; Lamentations 3:8 Yea, when I make outcry and implore, he hath shut out my prayer; Lamentations 3:9 He hath walled in my ways with hewn stone, my paths, hath he caused to wind back. Lamentations 3:10 A bear lying in wait, he is to me, a lion, in secret places; Lamentations 3:11 My ways, hath he turned aside, and hath torn me in pieces, hath made me desolate; Lamentations 3:12 He hath trodden his bow, and set me up, as a mark for the arrow. Lamentations 3:13 He hath caused to enter my reins, the sons of his quiver; Lamentations 3:14 I have become a derision to all my people, their song all the day; Lamentations 3:15 He hath sated me with bitter things, hath drenched me with wormwood. Lamentations 3:16 And he hath crushed, with gravel-stones, my teeth, hath made me cower in ashes; Lamentations 3:17 And thou hast thrust away from welfare, my soul, I have forgotten prosperity; Lamentations 3:18 And I said, Vanished is mine endurance, even mine expectation, from Yahweh. Lamentations 3:19 Remember my humiliation and my fleeings, the wormwood and poison; Lamentations 3:20 Thou wilt, indeed remember, that, bowed down concerning myself, is my soul; Lamentations 3:21 This, will I bring back to my heart, therefore, will I hope.
By the mercies of God they nourish their hope.
Lamentations 3:22 The lovingkindnesses of Yahweh, verily they are not exhausted, Verily! not at an end, are his compassions: Lamentations 3:23 New things for the mornings! Abundant is thy faithfulness: Lamentations 3:24 My portion, is Yahweh, saith my soul, For this cause, will I wait for him. Lamentations 3:25 Good is Yahweh, to them who wait for him, to the soul that will seek him; Lamentations 3:26 Good it isboth to wait and to be silent, for the deliverance of Yahweh; Lamentations 3:27 Good it is for a man, that he should bear the yoke in his youth. Lamentations 3:28 Let him sit alone, and keep silence, because he took it upon himself: Lamentations 3:29 Let him put, in the dust, his mouth, peradventure, there is hope! Lamentations 3:30 Let him give, to him that smiteth him, his cheek, let him be sated with reproach. Lamentations 3:31 Surely My Lord, will not cast off, unto times age-abiding; Lamentations 3:32 Surely, though he cause grief, yet will he have compassion, according to the multitude of his lovingkindnesses; Lamentations 3:33 Surely he hath not afflicted from his heart, nor caused sorrow to the sons of men. Lamentations 3:34 To crush, under his feet, any of the prisoners of the earth; Lamentations 3:35 To turn aside the right of a man, before the face of the Most High; Lamentations 3:36 To oppress a son of earth in his cause, My Lord, hath made no provision.
They acknowledge God's justice.
Lamentations 3:37 Who was it that spake, and it was done, [when], My Lord, had not commanded? Lamentations 3:38 Out of the mouth of the Most High, Proceed there not misfortunes and blessing? Lamentations 3:39 Why should a living son of earth complain, [Let] a man [complain] because of his sins? Lamentations 3:40 Let us search out our ways, and examine them well, and let us return unto Yahweh; Lamentations 3:41 Let us lift up our heart, to the opened palms, to the Mighty One in the heavens; Lamentations 3:42 We, have trespassed and rebelled, Thou, hast not pardoned. Lamentations 3:43 Thou hast covered thyself with anger, and pursued us, hast slainhast not spared; Lamentations 3:44 Thou hast screened thyself with the clouds, that prayer, should not pass through; Lamentations 3:45 Offscouring and refuse, dost thou make us, in the midst of the peoples. Lamentations 3:46 With their mouth, opened wide over us, [stand] all our foes. Lamentations 3:47 Terror and a pit, have befallen us, tumult and grievous injury; Lamentations 3:48 With streams of water, mine eye runneth down, over the grievous injury of the daughter of my people. Lamentations 3:49 Mine eye, poureth itself out and ceaseth not, without relief; Lamentations 3:50 Until Yahweh out of the heavens shall look forth, and see, Lamentations 3:51 Mine eye dealeth severely with my soul, because of all the daughters of my city. Lamentations 3:52 They, have laid snares, for me as a bird, who are mine enemies without cause: Lamentations 3:53 They have cut off, in the dungeon, my life, and have cast a stone upon me; Lamentations 3:54 Waters, flowed over, my head, I said, I am cut off!
They pray for deliverance,
Lamentations 3:55 I have called upon thy Name, O Yahweh, out of the dungeon below; Lamentations 3:56 My voice, thou hast heard,do not close thine ear to my respite, to mine outcry; Lamentations 3:57 Thou drewest near, in the day I kept calling on thee, thou saidst, Do not fear! Lamentations 3:58 Thou hast pleaded, O My Lord, the pleas of my soul, hast redeemed my life; Lamentations 3:59 Thou hast beheld, O Yahweh, my failure to get justice, Pronounce thou my sentence; Lamentations 3:60 Thou hast seen all their vindictiveness, all their plots against me. Lamentations 3:61 Thou hast heard their reproach, O Yahweh, all their plots against me; Lamentations 3:62 The lips of mine assailants, and their mutterings, are against me, all the day; Lamentations 3:63 On their downsitting and their uprising, do thou look, I, am their song.
and vengeance on their enemies.
Lamentations 3:64 Thou wilt render to them a recompense, O Yahweh, according to the work of their hands; Lamentations 3:65 Thou wilt suffer them a veiling of heart, thy curse to them; Lamentations 3:66 Thou wilt pursue in anger, and wilt destroy them, from under the heavens of Yahweh.