Lamentations 3

3:1 I [am] the man [that] hath seen affliction by the rod of his wrath. 3:2 He hath led me, and brought [me into] darkness, but not [into] light. 3:3 Surely against me is he turned; he turneth his hand [against me] all the day. 3:4 My flesh and my skin hath he made old; he hath broken my bones. 3:5 He hath built against me, and compassed [me] with gall and labor. 3:6 He hath set me in dark places, as [they that are] dead of old. 3:7 He hath hedged me about, that I cannot get out: he hath made my chain heavy. 3:8 Also when I cry and shout, he shutteth out my prayer. 3:9 He hath inclosed my ways with hewn stone, he hath made my paths crooked. 3:10 He [was] to me [as] a bear lying in wait, [and as] a lion in secret places. 3:11 He hath turned aside my ways, and pulled me in pieces: he hath made me desolate. 3:12 He hath bent his bow, and set me as a mark for the arrow. 3:13 He hath caused the arrows of his quiver to enter into my reins. 3:14 I was a derision to all my people; [and] their song all the day. 3:15 He hath filled me with bitterness, he hath made me drunken with wormwood. 3:16 He hath also broken my teeth with gravel stones, he hath covered me with ashes. 3:17 And thou hast removed my soul far off from peace: I forgat prosperity. 3:18 And I said, My strength and my hope hath perished from the LORD: 3:19 Remembering my affliction and my misery, the wormwood and the gall. 3:20 My soul hath [them] still in remembrance, and is humbled in me. 3:21 This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. 3:22 [It is of] the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. 3:23 [They are] new every morning: great [is] thy faithfulness. 3:24 The LORD [is] my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him. 3:25 The LORD [is] good to them that wait for him, to the soul [that] seeketh him. 3:26 [It is] good that [a man] should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD. 3:27 [It is] good for a man that he should bear the yoke in his youth. 3:28 He sitteth alone, and keepeth silence, because he hath borne [it] upon him. 3:29 He putteth his mouth in the dust; if there may be hope. 3:30 He giveth [his] cheek to him that smiteth him: he is filled full with reproach. 3:31 For the LORD will not cast off for ever: 3:32 But though he causeth grief, yet will he have compassion according to the multitude of his mercies. 3:33 For he doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the children of men. 3:34 To crush under his feet all the prisoners of the earth, 3:35 To turn aside the right of a man before the face of the most High, 3:36 To subvert a man in his cause, the LORD approveth not. 3:37 Who [is] he [that] saith, and it cometh to pass, [when] the LORD commandeth [it] not? 3:38 Out of the mouth of the most High proceedeth not evil and good? 3:39 Why doth a living man complain, a man for the punishment of his sins? 3:40 Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the LORD. 3:41 Let us lift up our heart with [our] hands to God in the heavens. 3:42 We have transgressed and have rebelled: thou hast not pardoned. 3:43 Thou hast covered with anger, and persecuted us: thou hast slain, thou hast not pitied. 3:44 Thou hast covered thyself with a cloud, that [our] prayer should not pass through. 3:45 Thou hast made us [as] the offscouring and refuse in the midst of the people. 3:46 All our enemies have opened their mouths against us. 3:47 Fear and a snare is come upon us, desolation and destruction. 3:48 My eye runneth down with rivers of water for the destruction of the daughter of my people. 3:49 My eye trickleth down, and ceaseth not, without any intermission, 3:50 Till the LORD shall look down, and behold from heaven. 3:51 My eye affecteth my heart because of all the daughters of my city. 3:52 My enemies chased me fiercely, like a bird without cause. 3:53 They have cut off my life in the dungeon, and cast a stone upon me. 3:54 Waters flowed over my head; [then] I said, I am cut off. 3:55 I called upon thy name, O LORD, out of the low dungeon. 3:56 Thou hast heard my voice: hide not thy ear at my breathing, at my cry. 3:57 Thou drewest near in the day [that] I called upon thee: thou saidst, Fear not. 3:58 O LORD, thou hast pleaded the causes of my soul; thou hast redeemed my life. 3:59 O LORD, thou hast seen my wrong: judge thou my cause. 3:60 Thou hast seen all their vengeance [and] all their imaginations against me. 3:61 Thou hast heard their reproach, O LORD, [and] all their imaginations against me; 3:62 The lips of those that rose up against me, and their device against me all the day. 3:63 Behold their sitting down, and their rising up; I [am] their music. 3:64 Render to them a recompense, O LORD, according to the work of their hands. 3:65 Give them sorrow of heart, thy curse to them. 3:66 Persecute and destroy them in anger from under the heavens of the LORD.