Lamentations 3:16–33

ו Waw

16 He ground my teeth with gravelk

and made me cowerC in the dust.

17 I have been deprivedD of peace;l

I have forgotten what prosperity is.

18 Then I thought, “My futureE is lost,

as well as my hope from the Lord.”

ז Zayin

19 RememberF my affliction and my homelessness,m

the wormwood and the poison.n

20 I continually remember them

and have become depressed.G,o

21 Yet I call this to mind,

and therefore I have hope:p

ח Cheth

22 Because of the Lord’s faithful loveq

we do not perish,H

for his mercies never end.

23 They are new every morning;

great is your faithfulness!r

24 I say, “The Lord is my portion,s

therefore I will put my hope in him.”

ט Teth

25 The Lord is good to those who waitt for him,

to the person who seeks him.

26 It is good to wait quietlyu

for salvation from the Lord.v

27 It is good for a man to bear the yokew

while he is still young.

י Yod

28 Let him sit alone and be silent,x

for God has disciplinedI him.

29 Let him put his mouth in the dusty

perhaps there is still hope.

30 Let him offer his cheek

to the one who would strike him;z

let him be filled with disgrace.

כ Kaph

31 For the Lord

will not reject us forever.

32 Even if he causes suffering,

he will show compassion

according to the abundance of his faithful love.aa

33 For he does not enjoy bringing afflictionab

or suffering on mankind.

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