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I will never forget this awful time, as I grieve over my loss.
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Lamentations chapter 3
3:2 | He has brought me into deep darkness, shutting out all light.
3:3 | He has turned against me. Day and night his hand is heavy upon me.
3:4 | He has made my skin and flesh grow old. He has broken my bones.
3:5 | He has attacked me and surrounded me with anguish and distress.
3:6 | He has buried me in a dark place, like a person long dead.
3:7 | He has walled me in, and I cannot escape. He has bound me in heavy chains.
3:8 | And though I cry and shout, he shuts out my prayers.
3:9 | He has blocked my path with a high stone wall. He has twisted the road before me with many detours.
3:10 | He hid like a bear or a lion, waiting to attack me.
3:11 | He dragged me off the path and tore me with his claws, leaving me helpless and desolate.
3:12 | He bent his bow and aimed it squarely at me.
3:13 | He shot his arrows deep into my heart.
3:14 | My own people laugh at me. All day long they sing their mocking songs.
3:15 | He has filled me with bitterness. He has given me a cup of deep sorrow to drink.
3:16 | He has made me grind my teeth on gravel. He has rolled me in the dust.
3:17 | Peace has been stripped away, and I have forgotten what prosperity is.
3:18 | I cry out, "My splendor is gone! Everything I had hoped for from the LORD is lost!"
3:19 | The thought of my suffering and homelessness is bitter beyond words.
3:20 | I will never forget this awful time, as I grieve over my loss.
3:21 | Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this:
3:22 | The unfailing love of the LORD never ends! By his mercies we have been kept from complete destruction.
3:23 | Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each day.
3:24 | I say to myself, "The LORD is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!"
3:25 | The LORD is wonderfully good to those who wait for him and seek him.
3:26 | So it is good to wait quietly for salvation from the LORD.
3:27 | And it is good for the young to submit to the yoke of his discipline.
3:29 | Let them lie face down in the dust; then at last there is hope for them.
3:30 | Let them turn the other cheek to those who strike them. Let them accept the insults of their enemies.
3:31 | For the Lord does not abandon anyone forever.
3:32 | Though he brings grief, he also shows compassion according to the greatness of his unfailing love.
3:33 | For he does not enjoy hurting people or causing them sorrow.
3:34 | But the leaders of his people trampled prisoners underfoot.
3:35 | They deprived people of their God-given rights in defiance of the Most High.
3:38 | Is it not the Most High who helps one and harms another?
3:39 | Then why should we, mere humans, complain when we are punished for our sins?
3:40 | Instead, let us test and examine our ways. Let us turn again in repentance to the LORD.
3:41 | Let us lift our hearts and hands to God in heaven and say,
3:42 | "We have sinned and rebelled, and you have not forgiven us.
3:43 | "You have engulfed us with your anger, chased us down, and slaughtered us without mercy.
3:44 | You have hidden yourself in a cloud so our prayers cannot reach you.
3:45 | You have discarded us as refuse and garbage among the nations.
3:46 | "All our enemies have spoken out against us.
3:47 | We are filled with fear, for we are trapped, desolate, and ruined."
3:48 | Streams of tears flow from my eyes because of the destruction of my people!
3:49 | My tears flow down endlessly. They will not stop
3:50 | until the LORD looks down from heaven and sees.
3:51 | My heart is breaking over the fate of all the women of Jerusalem.
3:52 | My enemies, whom I have never harmed, chased me like a bird.
3:53 | They threw me into a pit and dropped stones on me.
3:54 | The water flowed above my head, and I cried out, "This is the end!"
3:55 | But I called on your name, LORD, from deep within the well,
3:56 | and you heard me! You listened to my pleading; you heard my weeping!
3:57 | Yes, you came at my despairing cry and told me, "Do not fear."
3:58 | Lord, you are my lawyer! Plead my case! For you have redeemed my life.
3:59 | You have seen the wrong they have done to me, LORD. Be my judge, and prove me right.
3:60 | You have seen the plots my enemies have laid against me.
3:61 | LORD, you have heard the vile names they call me. You know all about the plans they have made--
3:62 | the plots my enemies whisper and mutter against me all day long.
3:63 | Look at them! In all their activities, they constantly mock me with their songs.
3:64 | Pay them back, LORD, for all the evil they have done.
3:65 | Give them hard and stubborn hearts, and then let your curse fall upon them!