Lamentations

Lamentations 3 ©

1The prophet bewaileth his own calamities: 22he acknowledgeth God's mercies and truth to be a proper ground of patient hope: 37he maketh humble confession of the sins which had drawn down God's severe judgments: 55he prayeth to be avenged of his enemies.

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I AM the man athat hath seen affliction bby the rod of his wrath.

b Ps. 2.9.
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He hath led me, and cbrought me into ddarkness, but not into light.

d Je. 13.16. Am. 5.20. Is. 59.9,11. v.53,55. ch. 2.1.
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Surely eagainst me is he turned; he turneth his hand against me all the day.

e Is. 63.10; 1.25. Ps. 38.1,2,6; 88.7,16. ch. 2.1-7.
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fMy flesh and my skin hath he made old; he hath broken my bones.

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gHe hath builded against me, and *compassed me with gall and *travail.

g v.7,9. Is. 29.3. Job 19.12.
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hHe hath set me in dark places, as they that be dead of old.

h v.2,53,54. Ps. 88.5,6; 143.3.
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iHe hath hedged me about, that I cannot get out: he hath made my jchain heavy.

j Is. 49.24,25. ch. 5.5,14. Da. 9.12. ch. 1.14.
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Also kwhen I cry and shout, he shutteth out my prayer.

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lHe hath *inclosed my ways with *hewn stone, he hath made my paths crooked.

l v.5,7,11. Ps. 88.8. Le. 26.27,28.
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mHe was unto me as a bear lying in wait, and as a lion in secret places.

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nHe hath turned aside my ways, and pulled me in pieces: he hath made me desolate.

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oHe hath bent his bow, and set me as a mark for the arrow.

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pHe hath caused the 1arrows of his quiver to enter into my reins.

p Job 6.4.
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qI was a derision to all my people; and their song all the day.

q Je. 20.7-10. Ps. 44.13; 79.4. 1Co. 4.9. Job 30.9. Ps. 69.12,20. v.63.
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He hath filled me with 2bitterness, rhe hath made me drunken with *wormwood.

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He hath also sbroken my teeth with gravel stones, he hath 3covered me with ashes.

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And tthou hast removed my soul far off from peace: I uforgat 4prosperity.

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And I said, vMy strength and my hope is perished from the LORD:

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5Remembering wmine affliction and my misery, the *wormwood and the gall.

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My soul hath them still in remembrance, and is 6humbled in me.

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xThis I 7recall to my mind, 8therefore yhave I hope.

x v.22-36. Ps. 130.7,8; 131.3. Hab. 2.3.
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zIt is of the LORD's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.

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They are anew every morning: great is thy bfaithfulness.

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The LORD is cmy portion, saith my soul; therefore will I dhope in him.

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eThe LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.

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fIt is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD.

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gIt is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth.

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hHe sitteth alone and keepeth silence, because he hath borne it upon him.

h Je. 15.17. Ps. 102.7; 39.9. ch. 2.10.
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iHe putteth his mouth in the dust; if so be there may be hope.

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jHe giveth his cheek to him that smiteth him: he is filled full with reproach.

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kFor the Lord will not cast off for ever:

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But though lhe cause grief, yet will he have compassion according to the multitude of his mercies.

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mFor he doth not afflict 9willingly nor grieve the children of men.

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nTo crush under his feet all the prisoners of the earth,

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oTo turn aside the right of a man before the face of 10the most High,

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To subvert a man in his cause, the Lord 11approveth not.

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pWho is he that saith, and it cometh to pass, when the Lord commandeth it not?

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qOut of the mouth of the most High proceedeth not evil and good?

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Wherefore doth a living man 12complain, a man for the punishment of his sins?

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rLet us search and try our ways, and turn again to the LORD.

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sLet us lift up our heart with our hands unto God in the heavens.

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tWe have transgressed and have rebelled: uthou hast not pardoned.

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vThou hast covered with anger, and persecuted us: thou hast slain, thou hast not pitied.

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Thou hast covered thyself with a cloud, wthat our prayer should not pass through.

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Thou hast made us as the xoffscouring and refuse in the midst of the people.

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All our enemies yhave opened their mouths against us.

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zFear and a snare is come upon us, desolation and destruction.

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aMine eye runneth down with rivers of water for the destruction of the daughter of my people.

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Mine eye trickleth down, and ceaseth not, without any intermission,

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bTill the LORD look down, and behold from heaven.

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Mine eye affecteth 13mine heart 14because of call the daughters of my city.

c v.48. Je. 9.1.
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dMine enemies chased me *sore, elike a bird, fwithout cause.

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gThey have cut off my life in the dungeon, and hcast a stone upon me.

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iWaters flowed over mine head; jthen I said, I am cut off.

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kI called upon thy name, O LORD, out of the low dungeon.

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lThou hast heard my voice: hide not thine ear at my mbreathing, at my cry.

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nThou drewest near in the day that I called upon thee: thou saidst, oFear not.

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O Lord, thou hast pleaded the causes of my soul; thou phast redeemed my life.

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O LORD, thou hast seen qmy wrong: rjudge thou my cause.

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Thou hast seen sall their vengeance and all their imaginations against me.

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Thou hast heard their reproach, O LORD, and all their imaginations against me;

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The lips of those that rose up against me, and their device against me all the day.

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Behold their tsitting down, and their rising up; I am utheir musick.

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vRender unto them a recompence, O LORD, according to the work of their hands.

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wGive them 15sorrow of heart, thy xcurse unto them.

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yPersecute and destroy them in anger from zunder the heavens of the LORD.