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Lamentations 3:19-42

19The thought of my affliction and my homelessness is wormwood and gall! 20My soul continually thinks of 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, 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 that seeks him. 26It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord. 27It is good for one to bear the yoke in youth, 28to sit alone in silence when the Lord has imposed it, 29to put one’s mouth to the dust (there may yet be hope), 30to give one’s cheek to the smiter, and be filled with insults. 31For the Lord will not reject forever. 32Although he causes grief, he will have compassion according to the abundance of his steadfast love; 33for he does not willingly afflict or grieve anyone. 34When all the prisoners of the land are crushed under foot, 35when human rights are perverted in the presence of the Most High, 36when one’s case is subverted—does the Lord not see it?

37Who can command and have it done, if the Lord has not ordained it? 38Is it not from the mouth of the Most High that good and bad come? 39Why should any who draw breath complain about the punishment of their sins? 40Let us test and examine our ways, and return to the Lord. 41Let us lift up our hearts as well as our hands to God in heaven.

42We have transgressed and rebelled, and you have not forgiven.

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