The faithful bewail their calamities.
Lamentations 3:1 I [am] the man [who] hath seen affliction By the rod of His wrath. Lamentations 3:2 Me He hath led, and causeth to go [in] darkness, and without light. Lamentations 3:3 Surely against me He turneth back, He turneth His hand all the day. Lamentations 3:4 He hath worn out my flesh and my skin. He hath broken my bones. Lamentations 3:5 He hath built up against me, And setteth round poverty and weariness. Lamentations 3:6 In dark places He hath caused me to dwell, As the dead of old. Lamentations 3:7 He hath hedged me about, and I go not out, He hath made heavy my fetter. Lamentations 3:8 Also when I call and cry out, He hath shut out my prayer. Lamentations 3:9 He hath hedged my ways with hewn work, My paths He hath made crooked. Lamentations 3:10 A bear lying in wait He [is] to me, A lion in secret hiding-places. Lamentations 3:11 My ways He is turning aside, and He pulleth me in pieces, He hath made me a desolation. Lamentations 3:12 He hath trodden His bow, And setteth me up as a mark for an arrow. Lamentations 3:13 He hath caused to enter into my reins The sons of His quiver. Lamentations 3:14 I have been a derision to all my people, Their song all the day. Lamentations 3:15 He hath filled me with bitter things, He hath filled me [with] wormwood. Lamentations 3:16 And He breaketh with gravel my teeth, He hath covered me with ashes. Lamentations 3:17 And Thou castest off from peace my soul, I have forgotten prosperity. Lamentations 3:18 And I say, Perished hath my strength and my hope from Jehovah. Lamentations 3:19 Remember my affliction and my mourning, Wormwood and gall! Lamentations 3:20 Remember well, and bow down doth my soul in me. Lamentations 3:21 This I turn to my hearttherefore I hope.
By the mercies of God they nourish their hope.
Lamentations 3:22 The kindnesses of Jehovah! For we have not been consumed, For not ended have His mercies. Lamentations 3:23 New every morning, abundant [is] thy faithfulness. Lamentations 3:24 My portion [is] Jehovah, hath my soul said, Therefore I hope for Him. Lamentations 3:25 Good [is] Jehovah to those waiting for Him, To the soul [that] seeketh Him. Lamentations 3:26 Good! when one doth stay and stand still For the salvation of Jehovah. Lamentations 3:27 Good for a man that he beareth a yoke in his youth. Lamentations 3:28 He sitteth alone, and is silent, For He hath laid [it] upon him. Lamentations 3:29 He putteth in the dust his mouth, if so be there is hope. Lamentations 3:30 He giveth to his smiter the cheek, He is filled with reproach. Lamentations 3:31 For the Lord doth not cast off to the age. Lamentations 3:32 For though He afflicted, yet He hath pitied, According to the abundance of His kindness. Lamentations 3:33 For He hath not afflicted with His heart, Nor doth He grieve the sons of men. Lamentations 3:34 To bruise under one's feet any bound ones of earth, Lamentations 3:35 To turn aside the judgment of a man, Over-against the face of the Most High, Lamentations 3:36 To subvert a man in his cause, the Lord hath not approved.
They acknowledge God's justice.
Lamentations 3:37 Who [is] thishe hath said, and it is, [And] the Lord hath not commanded [it]? Lamentations 3:38 From the mouth of the Most High Go not forth the evils and the good. Lamentations 3:39 Whatsigh habitually doth a living man, A man for his sin? Lamentations 3:40 We search our ways, and investigate, And turn back unto Jehovah. Lamentations 3:41 We lift up our heart on the hands unto God in the heavens. Lamentations 3:42 Wewe have transgressed and rebelled, ThouThou hast not forgiven. Lamentations 3:43 Thou hast covered Thyself with anger, And dost pursue us; Thou hast slainThou hast not pitied. Lamentations 3:44 Thou hast covered Thyself with a cloud, So that prayer doth not pass through. Lamentations 3:45 Offscouring and refuse Thou dost make us In the midst of the peoples. Lamentations 3:46 Opened against us their mouth have all our enemies. Lamentations 3:47 Fear and a snare hath been for us, Desolation and destruction. Lamentations 3:48 Rivulets of water go down my eye, For the destruction of the daughter of my people. Lamentations 3:49 Mine eye is poured out, And doth not cease without intermission, Lamentations 3:50 Till Jehovah looketh and seeth from the heavens, Lamentations 3:51 My eye affecteth my soul, Because of all the daughters of my city. Lamentations 3:52 Hunted me sore as a bird have my enemies without cause. Lamentations 3:53 They have cut off in a pit my life, And they cast a stone against me. Lamentations 3:54 Flowed have waters over my head, I have said, I have been cut off.
They pray for deliverance,
Lamentations 3:55 I called Thy name, O Jehovah, from the lower pit. Lamentations 3:56 My voice Thou hast heard, Hide not Thine ear at my breathingat my cry. Lamentations 3:57 Thou hast drawn near in the day I call Thee, Thou hast said, Fear not. Lamentations 3:58 Thou hast pleaded, O Lord, the pleadings of my soul, Thou hast redeemed my life. Lamentations 3:59 Thou hast seen, O Jehovah, my overthrow, Judge Thou my cause. Lamentations 3:60 Thou hast seen all their vengeance, All their thoughts of me. Lamentations 3:61 Thou hast heard their reproach, O Jehovah, All their thoughts against me, Lamentations 3:62 The lips of my withstanders, Even their meditation against me all the day. Lamentations 3:63 Their sitting down, and their rising up, Behold attentively, I [am] their song.
and vengeance on their enemies.
Lamentations 3:64 Thou returnest to them the deed, O Jehovah, According to the work of their hands. Lamentations 3:65 Thou givest to them a covered heart, Thy curse to them. Lamentations 3:66 Thou pursuest in anger, and destroyest them, From under the heavens of Jehovah!