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Lamentations 3:1-24

Great Is Your Faithfulness

1I am the man who has seen affliction

under the rod of his wrath;

2he has driven and brought me

into darkness without any light;

3surely against me he turns his hand

again and again the whole day long.

4He has made my flesh and my skin waste away;

he has broken my bones;

5he has besieged and enveloped me

with bitterness and tribulation;

6he has made me dwell in darkness

like the dead of long ago.

7He has walled me about so that I cannot escape;

he has made my chains heavy;

8though I call and cry for help,

he shuts out my prayer;

9he has blocked my ways with blocks of stones;

he has made my paths crooked.

10He is a bear lying in wait for me,

a lion in hiding;

11he turned aside my steps and tore me to pieces;

he has made me desolate;

12he bent his bow and set me

as a target for his arrow.

13He drove into my kidneys

the arrows of his quiver;

14I have become the laughingstock of all peoples,

the object of their taunts all day long.

15He has filled me with bitterness;

he has sated me with wormwood.

16He has made my teeth grind on gravel,

and made me cower in ashes;

17my soul is bereft of peace;

I have forgotten what happiness1 is;

18so I say, “My endurance has perished;

so has my hope from the Lord.”

19Remember my affliction and my wanderings,

the wormwood and the gall!

20My soul continually remembers it

and is bowed down within me.

21But this I call to mind,

and therefore I have hope:

22The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;2

his mercies never come to an end;

23they are new every morning;

great is your faithfulness.

24“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,

“therefore I will hope in him.”

Footnotes

  • 1 3:17 Hebrew good
  • 2 3:22 Syriac, Targum; Hebrew Because of the steadfast love of the Lord, we are not cut off