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Lamentations 3:1-33

God’s Steadfast Love Endures

3I am one who has seen affliction
   under the rod of God’s * wrath;
2 he has driven and brought me
   into darkness without any light;
3 against me alone he turns his hand,
   again and again, all day long.


4 He has made my flesh and my skin waste away,
   and broken my bones;
5 he has besieged and enveloped me
   with bitterness and tribulation;
6 he has made me sit in darkness
   like the dead of long ago.


7 He has walled me about so that I cannot escape;
   he has put heavy chains on me;
8 though I call and cry for help,
   he shuts out my prayer;
9 he has blocked my ways with hewn stones,
   he has made my paths crooked.


10 He is a bear lying in wait for me,
   a lion in hiding;
11 he led me off my way and tore me to pieces;
   he has made me desolate;
12 he bent his bow and set me
   as a mark for his arrow.


13 He shot into my vitals
   the arrows of his quiver;
14 I have become the laughing-stock of all my people,
   the object of their taunt-songs all day long.
15 He has filled me with bitterness,
   he has glutted me with wormwood.


16 He has made my teeth grind on gravel,
   and made me cower in ashes;
17 my soul is bereft of peace;
   I have forgotten what happiness is;
18 so I say, ‘Gone is my glory,
   and all that I had hoped for from the Lord.’


19 The thought of my affliction and my homelessness
   is wormwood and gall!
20 My soul continually thinks of it
   and is bowed down within me.
21 But this I call to mind,
   and therefore I have hope:


22 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases,*
   his mercies never come to an end;
23 they are new every morning;
   great is your faithfulness.
24 ‘The Lord is my portion,’ says my soul,
   ‘therefore I will hope in him.’


25 The Lord is good to those who wait for him,
   to the soul that seeks him.
26 It is good that one should wait quietly
   for the salvation of the Lord.
27 It is good for one to bear
   the yoke in youth,
28 to sit alone in silence
   when the Lord has imposed it,
29 to put one’s mouth to the dust
   (there may yet be hope),
30 to give one’s cheek to the smiter,
   and be filled with insults.


31 For the Lord will not
   reject for ever.
32 Although he causes grief, he will have compassion
   according to the abundance of his steadfast love;
33 for he does not willingly afflict
   or grieve anyone.

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