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3 I am one who has seen affliction
under the rod of God’sa wrath;
into darkness without any light;
again and again, all day long.
and broken my bones;
with bitterness and tribulation;
like the dead of long ago.
he has put heavy chains on me;
he shuts out my prayer;
he has made my paths crooked.
a lion in hiding;
he has made me desolate;
as a mark for his arrow.
the arrows of his quiver;
the object of their taunt-songs all day long.
he has sated me with wormwood.
and made me cower in ashes;
I have forgotten what happiness is;
and all that I had hoped for from the Lord.”
is wormwood and gall!
and is bowed down within me.
and therefore I have hope:
22 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases,b
his mercies never come to an end;
great is your faithfulness.
“therefore I will hope in him.”
to the soul that seeks him.
for the salvation of the Lord.
the yoke in youth,
when the Lord has imposed it,
(there may yet be hope),
and be filled with insults.
according to the abundance of his steadfast love;
or grieve anyone.
are crushed under foot,
in the presence of the Most High,
—does the Lord not see it?
if the Lord has not ordained it?
that good and bad come?
about the punishment of their sins?
and return to the Lord.
to God in heaven.
and you have not forgiven.
killing without pity;
so that no prayer can pass through.
among the peoples.
have opened their mouths against us;
devastation and destruction.
because of the destruction of my people.
looks down and sees.
at the fate of all the young women in my city.
have hunted me like a bird;
and hurled stones on me;
I said, “I am lost.”
from the depths of the pit;
to my cry for help, but give me relief!”
you said, “Do not fear!”
you have redeemed my life.
judge my cause.
all their plots against me.
all their plots against me.
are against me all day long.
I am the object of their taunt-songs.
according to the work of their hands!
your curse be on them!
from under the Lord’s heavens.
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