Lamentations 3

"He has made my teeth grind on gravel,

    and made me cower in ashes;

my soul is bereft of peace;

    I have forgotten what happiness is;

so I say, “My endurance has perished;

    so has my hope from the Lord.”

Remember my affliction and my wanderings,

    the wormwood and the gall!

My soul continually remembers it

    and is bowed down within me.

But this I call to mind,

    and therefore I have hope:

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;

    his mercies never come to an end;

they are new every morning;

    great is your faithfulness.

“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,

    “therefore I will hope in him.”

The Lord is good to those who wait for him,

    to the soul who seeks him.

It is good that one should wait quietly

    for the salvation of the Lord.

It is good for a man that he bear

    the yoke in his youth.

Let him sit alone in silence

    when it is laid on him;

let him put his mouth in the dust—

    there may yet be hope;

let him give his cheek to the one who strikes,

    and let him be filled with insults.

For the Lord will not

    cast off forever,

but, though he cause grief, he will have compassion

    according to the abundance of his steadfast love;

for he does not afflict from his heart

    or grieve the children of men.

To crush underfoot

    all the prisoners of the earth,

to deny a man justice

    in the presence of the Most High,

to subvert a man in his lawsuit,

    the Lord does not approve.

Who has spoken and it came to pass,

    unless the Lord has commanded it?

Is it not from the mouth of the Most High

    that good and bad come?

Why should a living man complain,

    a man, about the punishment of his sins?

Let us test and examine our ways,

    and return to the Lord!"

 

-Lamentations 3:16-40

 

This is the Word of God for the people of God. Thanks be to God.

Matt KellyComment