lamentations 3

Because sometimes His Words, are the only words you have. . .

“I am [Jeremiah] the man who has seen affliction
Because of the rod of His wrath.
He has led me and made me walk
In darkness and not in light.
Surely He has turned His hand against me
Repeatedly all the day.
He has caused my flesh and my skin to waste away;
He has shattered my bones.
He has besieged and surrounded me with bitterness and hardship.
He has made me live in dark places
Like those who have long been dead.
He walled me in so that I cannot get out;
He has weighted down my chain.
Even when I cry out and shout for help,
He shuts out my prayer.
He has blocked my ways with cut stone;
He has made my paths crooked.
He is to me like a bear lying in wait,
And like a lion [hiding] in secret places.
He has turned aside my ways and torn me in pieces;
He has made me desolate. 
He has bent His bow
And set me as a target for the arrow.
He has caused the arrows of His quiver
To enter my inner parts.
I have become the [object of] ridicule to all my people,
And [the subject of] their mocking song all the day.
He has filled me with bitterness;
He has made me drunk with wormwood (bitterness).
He has broken my teeth with gravel;
He has [covered me with ashes and] made me cower in the dust.
My soul has been cast far away from peace;
I have forgotten happiness.
So I say, “My strength has perished
And so has my hope and expectation from the Lord.”

Remember [O Lord] my affliction and my wandering, the wormwood and the gall (bitterness).

My soul continually remembers them
And is bowed down within me.

But this I call to mind,
Therefore I have hope.
It is because of the Lord’s lovingkindnesses that we are not consumed,
Because His [tender] compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
Great and beyond measure is Your faithfulness.
“The Lord is my portion and my inheritance,” says my soul;
“Therefore I have hope in Him and wait expectantly for Him.”
The Lord is good to those who wait [confidently] for Him,
To those who seek Him [on the authority of God’s word].
It is good that one waits quietly
For the salvation of the Lord.”

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