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Lamentations 3:37-58


37 Who can command and have it done,
   if the Lord has not ordained it?
38 Is it not from the mouth of the Most High
   that good and bad come?
39 Why should any who draw breath complain
   about the punishment of their sins?


40 Let us test and examine our ways,
   and return to the Lord.
41 Let us lift up our hearts as well as our 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;
44 you have wrapped yourself with a cloud
   so that no prayer can pass through.
45 You have made us filth and rubbish
   among the peoples.


46 All our enemies
   have opened their mouths against us;
47 panic and pitfall have come upon us,
   devastation and destruction.
48 My eyes flow with rivers of tears
   because of the destruction of my people.


49 My eyes will flow without ceasing,
   without respite,
50 until the Lord from heaven
   looks down and sees.
51 My eyes cause me grief
   at the fate of all the young women in my city.


52 Those who were my enemies without cause
   have hunted me like a bird;
53 they flung me alive into a pit
   and hurled stones on me;
54 water closed over my head;
   I said, ‘I am lost.’


55 I called on your name, O Lord,
   from the depths of the pit;
56 you heard my plea, ‘Do not close your ear
   to my cry for help, but give me relief!’
57 You 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.

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