that hath seen affliction by the rod
of his wrath
3:2He hath led me and caused me to walk in darkness, and not in light.
3:3Surely against me he turneth his hand again and again all the day.
3:4My flesh and my skin hath he made old; he hath broken my bones.
3:5He hath builded against me, and compassed me with gall and travail.
3:6He hath made me to dwell in dark places, as those that have been long dead.
3:7He hath walled me about, that I cannot go forth; he hath made my chain heavy.
3:8Yea, when I cry, and call for help, he shutteth out my prayer.
3:9He hath walled up my ways with hewn stone; he hath made my paths crooked.
3:10He is unto me as a bear lying in wait, as a lion in secret places.
3:11He hath turned aside my ways, and pulled me in pieces; he hath made me desolate.
3:12He hath bent his bow, and set me as a mark for the arrow.
3:13He hath caused the shafts of his quiver to enter into my reins.
3:14I am become a derision to all my people, and their song all the day.
3:15He hath filled me with bitterness, he hath sated me with wormwood.
3:16He hath also broken my teeth with gravel stones; he hath covered me with ashes.
3:17And thou hast removed my soul far off from peace; I forgat prosperity.
3:18And I said, My strength is perished, and mine expectation from Jehovah.
3:19Remember mine affliction and my misery, the wormwood and the gall.
3:20My soul hath them still in remembrance, and is bowed down within me.
3:21This I recall to my mind; therefore have I hope.
3:22It is of Jehovah's lovingkindnesses that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.
3:23They are new every morning; great is thy faithfulness.
3:24Jehovah is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.
3:25Jehovah is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.
3:26It is good that a man should hope and quietly wait for the salvation of Jehovah.
3:27It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth.
3:28Let him sit alone and keep silence, because he hath laid it upon him.
3:29Let him put his mouth in the dust, if so be there may be hope.
3:30Let him give his cheek to him that smiteth him; let him be filled full with reproach.
3:31For the Lord will not cast off for ever.
3:32For though he cause grief, yet will he have compassion according to the multitude of his lovingkindnesses.
3:33For he doth not afflict willingly, nor grieve the children of men.
3:34To crush under foot all the prisoners of the earth,
3:35To turn aside the right of a man before the face of the Most High,
3:36To subvert a man in his cause, the Lord approveth not.
3:37Who is he that saith, and it cometh to pass, when the Lord commandeth it not?
3:38Out of the mouth of the Most High cometh there not evil and good?
3:39Wherefore doth a living man complain, a man for the punishment of his sins? \\ \\
3:40Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to Jehovah.
3:41Let us lift up our heart with our hands unto God in the heavens.
3:42We have transgressed and have rebelled; thou hast not pardoned.
3:43Thou hast covered with anger and pursued us; thou hast slain, thou hast not pitied.
3:44Thou hast covered thyself with a cloud, so that no prayer can pass through.
3:45Thou hast made us an off-scouring and refuse in the midst of the peoples.
3:46All our enemies have opened their mouth wide against us.
3:47Fear and the pit are come upon us, devastation and destruction.
3:48Mine eye runneth down with streams of water, for the destruction of the daughter of my people.
3:49Mine eye poureth down, and ceaseth not, without any intermission,
3:50Till Jehovah look down, and behold from heaven.
3:51Mine eye affecteth my soul, because of all the daughters of my city.
3:52They have chased me sore like a bird, they that are mine enemies without cause.
3:53They have cut off my life in the dungeon, and have cast a stone upon me.
3:54Waters flowed over my head; I said, I am cut off. \\ \\
3:55I called upon thy name, O Jehovah, out of the lowest dungeon.
3:56Thou heardest my voice; hide not thine ear at my breathing, at my cry.
3:57Thou drewest near in the day that I called upon thee; thou saidst, Fear not.
3:58O Lord, thou hast pleaded the causes of my soul; thou hast redeemed my life.
3:59O Jehovah, thou hast seen my wrong; judge thou my cause.
3:60Thou hast seen all their vengeance and all their devices against me.
3:61Thou hast heard their reproach, O Jehovah, and all their devices against me,
3:62The lips of those that rose up against me, and their device against me all the day.
3:63Behold thou their sitting down, and their rising up; I am their song.
3:64Thou wilt render unto them a recompense, O Jehovah, according to the work of their hands.
3:65Thou wilt give them hardness of heart, thy curse unto them.
3:66Thou wilt pursue them in anger, and destroy them from under the heavens of Jehovah.