The faithful bewail their calamities.
Lamentations 3:1 Aleph. I am the man that see my poverty by the rod of his indignation. Lamentations 3:2 Aleph. He hath led me, and brought me into darkness, and not into light. Lamentations 3:3 Aleph. Only against me he hath turned, and turned again his hand all the day. Lamentations 3:4 Beth. My skin and my flesh he hath made old, he hath broken my bones. Lamentations 3:5 Beth. He hath built round about me, and he hath compassed me with gall, and labour. Lamentations 3:6 Beth. He hath set me in dark places as those that are dead for ever. Lamentations 3:7 Ghimel. He hath built against me round about, that I may not get out: he hath made my fetters heavy. Lamentations 3:8 Ghimel. Yea, and when I cry, and entreat, he hath shut out my prayer. Lamentations 3:9 Ghimel. He hath shut up my ways with square stones, he hath turned my paths upside down. Lamentations 3:10 Daleth. He is become to me as a bear lying in wait: as a lion in secret places. Lamentations 3:11 Daleth. He hath turned aside my paths, and hath broken me in pieces, he hath made me desolate. Lamentations 3:12 Daleth. He hath bent his bow, and set me as a mark for his arrows. Lamentations 3:13 He. He hath shot into my reins the daughters of his quiver. Lamentations 3:14 He. I am made a derision to all my people, their song all the day long. Lamentations 3:15 He. He hath filled me with bitterness, he hath inebriated me with wormwood. Lamentations 3:16 Vau. And he hath broken my teeth one by one, he hath fed me with ashes. Lamentations 3:17 Vau. And my soul is removed far off from peace, I have forgotten good things. Lamentations 3:18 Vau. And I said: My end and my hope is perished from the Lord. Lamentations 3:19 Zain. Remember my poverty, and transgression, the wormwood and the gall. Lamentations 3:20 Zain. I will be mindful and remember, and my soul shall languish within me. Lamentations 3:21 Zain. These things I shall think over in my heart, therefore will I hope.
By the mercies of God they nourish their hope.
Lamentations 3:22 Heth. The mercies of the Lord that we are not consumed: because his commiserations have not failed. Lamentations 3:23 Heth. They are new every morning, great is thy faithfulness. Lamentations 3:24 Heth. The Lord is my portion, said my soul: therefore will I wait for him. Lamentations 3:25 Teth. The Lord is good to them that hope in him, to the soul that seeketh him. Lamentations 3:26 Teth. It is good to wait with silence for the salvation of God. Lamentations 3:27 Teth. It is good for a man, when he hath borne the yoke from his youth. Lamentations 3:28 Jod. He shall sit solitary, and hold his peace: because he hath taken it up upon himself. Lamentations 3:29 Jod. He shall put his mouth in the dust, if so be there may be hope. Lamentations 3:30 Jod. He shall give his cheek to him that striketh him, he shall be filled with reproaches. Lamentations 3:31 Caph. For the Lord will not cast off for ever. Lamentations 3:32 Caph. For if he hath cast off, he will also have mercy, according to the multitude of his mercies. Lamentations 3:33 Caph. For he hath not willingly afflicted, nor cast off the children of men. Lamentations 3:34 Lamed. To crush under his feet all the prisoners of the land, Lamentations 3:35 Lamed. To turn aside the judgment of a man before the face of the most High, Lamentations 3:36 Lamed. To destroy a man wrongfully in his judgment, the Lord hath not approved.
They acknowledge God's justice.
Lamentations 3:37 Mem. Who is he that hath commanded a thing to be done, when the Lord commandeth it not? Lamentations 3:38 Mem. Shall not both evil and good proceed out of the mouth of the Highest? Lamentations 3:39 Mem. Why hath a living man murmured, man suffering for his sins? Lamentations 3:40 Nun. Let us search our ways, and seek, and return to the Lord. Lamentations 3:41 Nun. Let us lift up our hearts with our hands to the Lord in the heavens. Lamentations 3:42 Nun. We have done wickedly, and provoked thee to wrath: therefore thou art inexorable. Lamentations 3:43 Samech. Thou hast covered in thy wrath, and hast struck us: thou hast killed and hast not spared. Lamentations 3:44 Samech. Thou hast set a cloud before thee, that our prayer may not pass through. Lamentations 3:45 Samech. Thou hast made me as an outcast, and refuse in the midst of the people. Lamentations 3:46 Phe. All our enemies have opened their mouths against us. Lamentations 3:47 Phe. Prophecy is become to us a fear, and a snare, and destruction. Lamentations 3:48 Phe. My eye hath run down with streams of water, for the destruction of the daughter of my people. Lamentations 3:49 Ain. My eye is afflicted, and hath not been quiet, because there was no rest: Lamentations 3:50 Ain. Till the Lord regarded and looked down from the heavens. Lamentations 3:51 Ain. My eye hath wasted my soul because of all the daughters of my city. Lamentations 3:52 Sade. My enemies have chased me and caught me like a bird, without cause. Lamentations 3:53 Sade. My life is fallen into the pit, and they have laid a stone over me. Lamentations 3:54 Sade. Waters have flowed over my head: I said: I am cut off.
They pray for deliverance,
Lamentations 3:55 Coph. I have called upon thy name, O Lord, from the lowest pit. Lamentations 3:56 Coph. Thou hast heard my voice: turn not away thy ear from my sighs, and cries. Lamentations 3:57 Coph. Thou drewest near in the day, when I called upon thee, thou saidst: Fear not. Lamentations 3:58 Res. Thou hast judged, O Lord, the cause of my soul, thou the Redeemer of my life. Lamentations 3:59 Res. Thou hast seen, O Lord, their iniquity against me: judge thou my judgment. Lamentations 3:60 Res. Thou hast seen all their fury, and all their thoughts against me. Lamentations 3:61 Sin. Thou hast heard their reproach, O Lord, all their imaginations against me. Lamentations 3:62 Sin. The lips of them that rise up against me: and their devices against me all the day. Lamentations 3:63 Sin. Behold their sitting down, and their rising up, I am their song.
and vengeance on their enemies.
Lamentations 3:64 Thau. Thou shalt render them a recompense, O Lord, according to the works of their hands. Lamentations 3:65 Thau. Thou shalt give them a buckler of heart, thy labour. Lamentations 3:66 Thau. Thou shalt persecute them in anger, and shalt destroy them from under the heavens, O Lord.