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Geneva Bible (1599): Lamentations 3

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1 I am the man, that hath seene affliction in the rod of his indignation.

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2 He hath ledde mee, and brought me into darkenes, but not to light.

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3 Surely he is turned against me: he turneth his hand against me all the day.

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4 My flesh and my skinne hath he caused to waxe olde, and he hath broken my bones.

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5 He hath builded against me, and compassed me with gall, and labour.

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6 He hath set me in darke places, as they that be dead for euer.

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7 He hath hedged about mee, that I cannot get out: he hath made my chaines heauy.

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8 Also when I cry and showte, hee shutteth out my prayer.

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9 He hath stopped vp my wayes with hewen stone, and turned away my paths.

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10 He was vnto me as a beare lying in waite, and as a Lion in secret places.

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11 He hath stopped my wayes, and pulled me in pieces: he hath made me desolate.

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12 He hath bent his bow and made me a marke for the arrow.

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13 Hee caused the arrowes of his quiuer to enter into my reines.

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14 I was a derision to all my people, and their song all the day.

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15 He hath filled me with bitternes, and made me drunken with wormewood.

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16 He hath also broken my teeth with stones, and hath couered me with ashes.

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17 Thus my soule was farre off from peace: I forgate prosperitie,

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18 And I saide, My strength and mine hope is perished from the Lord,

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19 Remembring mine affliction, and my mourning, the wormewood and the gall.

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20 My soule hath them in remembrance, and is humbled in me.

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21 I consider this in mine heart: therefore haue I hope.

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22 It is the Lordes mercies that wee are not consumed, because his compassions faile not.

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23 They are renued euery morning: great is thy faithfulnesse.

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24 The Lord is my portion, sayth my soule: therefore wil I hope in him.

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25 The Lord is good vnto them, that trust in him, and to the soule that seeketh him.

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26 It is good both to trust, and to waite for the saluation of the Lord.

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27 It is good for a man that he beare the yoke in his youth.

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28 He sitteth alone, and keepeth silence, because he hath borne it vpon him.

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29 He putteth his mouth in the dust, if there may be hope.

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30 Hee giueth his cheeke to him that smiteth him: he is filled full with reproches.

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31 For the Lord will not forsake for euer.

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32 But though he sende affliction, yet will he haue compassion according to the multitude of his mercies.

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33 For he doeth not punish willingly, nor afflict the children of men,

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34 In stamping vnder his feete all the prisoners of the earth,

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35 In ouerthrowing the right of a man before the face of the most high,

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36 In subuerting a man in his cause: the Lord seeth it not.

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37 Who is he then that sayth, and it commeth to passe, and the Lord commandeth it not?

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38 Out of the mouth of the most high proceedeth not euill and good?

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39 Wherefore then is the liuing man sorowfull? man suffreth for his sinne.

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40 Let vs search and try our wayes, and turne againe to the Lord.

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41 Let vs lift vp our hearts with our handes vnto God in the heauens.

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42 We haue sinned, and haue rebelled, therefore thou hast not spared.

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43 Thou hast couered vs with wrath, and persecuted vs: thou hast slaine and not spared.

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44 Thou hast couered thy selfe with a cloude, that our prayer should not passe through.

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45 Thou hast made vs as the ofscouring and refuse in the middes of the people.

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46 All our enemies haue opened their mouth against vs.

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47 Feare, and a snare is come vpon vs with desolation and destruction.

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48 Mine eye casteth out riuers of water, for the destruction of the daughter of my people.

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49 Mine eye droppeth without stay and ceaseth not,

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50 Till the Lord looke downe, and beholde from heauen.

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51 Mine eye breaketh mine heart because of all the daughters of my citie.

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52 Mine enemies chased me sore like a birde, without cause.

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53 They haue shut vp my life in the dungeon, and cast a stone vpon me.

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54 Waters flowed ouer mine head, then thought I, I am destroyed.

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55 I called vpon thy Name, O Lord, out of the lowe dungeon.

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56 Thou hast heard my voyce: stoppe not thine eare from my sigh and from my cry.

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57 Thou drewest neere in the day that I called vpon thee: thou saydest, Feare not.

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58 O Lord, thou hast maintained the cause of my soule, and hast redeemed my life.

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59 O Lord, thou hast seene my wrong, iudge thou my cause.

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60 Thou hast seene all their vengeance, and all their deuises against me.

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61 Thou hast heard their reproch, O Lord, and all their imaginations against me:

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62 The lippes also of those that rose against me, and their whispering against me continually.

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63 Behold, their sitting downe and their rising vp, how I am their song.

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64 Giue them a recompence, O Lord, according to the worke of their handes.

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65 Giue them sorow of heart, euen thy curse to them.

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66 Persecute with wrath and destroy them from vnder the heauen, O Lord.

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