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Lamentations 3:1-66
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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.

27It is good for a man that he bear

the yoke in his youth.

28Let him sit alone in silence

when it is laid on him;

29let him put his mouth in the dust—

there may yet be hope;

30let him give his cheek to the one who strikes,

and let him be filled with insults.

31For the Lord will not

cast off forever,

32but, though he cause grief, he will have compassion

according to the abundance of his steadfast love;

33for he does not afflict from his heart

or grieve the children of men.

34To crush underfoot

all the prisoners of the earth,

35to deny a man justice

in the presence of the Most High,

36to subvert a man in his lawsuit,

the Lord does not approve.

37Who has spoken and it came to pass,

unless the Lord has commanded it?

38Is it not from the mouth of the Most High

that good and bad come?

39Why should a living man complain,

a man, about the punishment of his sins?

40Let us test and examine our ways,

and return to the Lord!

41Let us lift up our hearts and hands

to God in heaven:

42“We have transgressed and rebelled,

and you have not forgiven.

43“You have wrapped yourself with anger and pursued us,

killing without pity;

44you have wrapped yourself with a cloud

so that no prayer can pass through.

45You have made us scum and garbage

among the peoples.

46“All our enemies

open their mouths against us;

47panic and pitfall have come upon us,

devastation and destruction;

48my eyes flow with rivers of tears

because of the destruction of the daughter of my people.

49“My eyes will flow without ceasing,

without respite,

50until the Lord from heaven

looks down and sees;

51my eyes cause me grief

at the fate of all the daughters of my city.

52“I have been hunted like a bird

by those who were my enemies without cause;

53they flung me alive into the pit

and cast stones on me;

54water closed over my head;

I said, ‘I am lost.’

55“I called on your name, O Lord,

from the depths of the pit;

56you heard my plea, ‘Do not close

your ear to my cry for help!’

57You came near when I called on you;

you said, ‘Do not fear!’

58“You have taken up my cause, O Lord;

you have redeemed my life.

59You have seen the wrong done to me, O Lord;

judge my cause.

60You have seen all their vengeance,

all their plots against me.

61“You have heard their taunts, O Lord,

all their plots against me.

62The lips and thoughts of my assailants

are against me all the day long.

63Behold their sitting and their rising;

I am the object of their taunts.

64“You will repay them,3 O Lord,

according to the work of their hands.

65You will give them4 dullness of heart;

your curse will be5 on them.

66You will pursue them6 in anger and destroy them

from under your heavens, O Lord.”7


  • 1 3:17 Hebrew good
  • 2 3:22 Syriac, Targum; Hebrew Because of the steadfast love of the Lord, we are not cut off
  • 3 3:64 Or Repay them
  • 4 3:65 Or Give them
  • 5 3:65 Or place your curse
  • 6 3:66 Or Pursue them
  • 7 3:66 Syriac (compare Septuagint, Vulgate); Hebrew the heavens of the Lord
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New Every Morning

Lamentations 3:1–66 Sermon Includes Transcript 43:08 ID: 3410

Great Is Thy Faithfulness

Lamentations 3:1–26 Sermon 32:59 ID: 3369

The Faithfulness of God

Lamentations 3:1–24 Sermon 28:47 ID: 2902

God’s Faithfulness

Lamentations 3:1–66 Sermon 46:41 ID: 0175

The Prophesied Kingdom — Part One

Ezra 1:1 – Malachi 4:6 Sermon Includes Transcript 36:31 ID: 2390

The Prophesied Kingdom — Part Two

Ezra 1:1 – Malachi 4:6 Sermon Includes Transcript 43:38 ID: 2391

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The Kingdom of God, Volume 1

Genesis 1:1 – Malachi 4:6 Series ID: 26801