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Lamentations 3:1-26

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.”

25The Lord is good to those who wait for him,

to the soul who seeks him.

26It is good that one should wait quietly

for the salvation of the Lord.

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