Lamentações 3

1 [Aleph] I [am] a man [that] sees affliction in the rod of his wrath.

2 [Aleph] He has led me and brought [me into] darkness, but not [into] light.

3 [Aleph] Surely he is turned against me; he turns his hand [against me] all the day.

4 [Beth] My flesh and my skin he has made old; he has broken my bones.

5 [Beth] He has built against me and compassed [me] with gall and travail.

6 [Beth] He has set me in dark places as [those that are] dead for ever.

7 [Gimel] He has hedged me about that I cannot get out; he has made my chain heavy.

8 [Gimel] Even when I cried and shouted, he shut out my prayer.

9 [Gimel] He has enclosed my ways with hewn stone; he has made my paths crooked.

10 [Daleth] He [was] unto me [as] a bear lying in wait [and as] a lion in secret places.

11 [Daleth] He has made my ways crooked and pulled me in pieces; he has made me desolate.

12 [Daleth] He has bent his bow and set me as a mark for the arrow.

13 [He] He has caused the arrows of his quiver to enter into my kidneys.

14 [He] I was a derision to all my people [and] their song every day.

15 [He] He has filled me with bitterness, he has made me drunk with wormwood.

16 [Vau] He has broken my teeth with gravel stones; he has covered me with ashes.

17 [Vau] My soul removed itself far from peace; I forgot about good.

18 [Vau] And I said, My strength and my hope of the LORD is perished.

19 [Zain] Remember my affliction and my misery, the wormwood and the gall.

20 [Zain] My soul shall have [them] still in remembrance because it is humbled in me.

21 [Zain] This shall go down into my heart; therefore I shall wait.

22 [Chet] It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed because his mercies never diminish.

23 [Chet They are] new every morning; great [is] thy faith.

24 [Chet] The LORD [is] my portion, saith my soul; therefore I will wait for him.

25 [Teth] The LORD [is] good unto those that wait in him, to the soul [that] seeks him.

26 [Teth] [It is] good to wait quietly in the salvation of the LORD.

27 [Teth] [It is] good for the man if he bears the yoke from his youth.

28 [Jod] He shall sit alone and keep silence because he has borne [it] upon him.

29 [Jod] He shall put his mouth in the dust; if so be there may be hope.

30 [Jod] He shall turn [his] cheek unto him that smites him; he shall be filled with reproach.

31 [Caph] For the Lord will not cast off for ever:

32 [Caph] But though he causes grief, yet he will also have compassion according to the multitude of his mercies.

33 [Caph] For he does not afflict nor grieve the sons of men from his heart.

34 [Lamed] To crush under his feet all the prisoners of the earth,

35 [Lamed] To turn aside the right of a man before the face of the most High,

36 [Lamed] To subvert a man in his cause, the Lord does not approve.

37 [Mem] Who shall he be that saith that something comes which the Lord has not sent?

38 [Mem] Out of the mouth of the most High proceeds not evil and good?

39 [Mem] Why does the living man have pain, the man in his sins?

40 [Nun] Let us search out our ways, and seek, and turn again to the LORD.

41 [Nun] Let us lift up our heart with [our] hands unto God in the heavens.

42 [Nun] We have rebelled and been disloyal; therefore thou hast not forgiven.

43 [Samech] Thou hast unfurled anger and persecuted us; thou hast slain, thou hast not forgiven.

44 [Samech] Thou hast covered thyself with a cloud that [our] prayer should not pass through.

45 [Samech] Thou hast made us [as] the offscouring and abomination in the midst of the peoples.

46 [Pe] All our enemies have opened their mouths upon us.

47 [Pe] Fear and a snare is come upon us, desolation and destruction.

48 [Pe] My eyes stream with rivers of water for the destruction of the daughter of my people.

49 [Ain] My eyes run down, and cease not, for there is no relief,

50 [Ain] Until the LORD looks down, and beholds from the heavens.

51 [Ain] My eyes make my soul sad because of all the daughters of my city.

52 [Tzaddi] My enemies hunted me like a bird, without cause.

53 [Tzaddi] They bound up my life in the dungeon, and cast a stone upon me.

54 [Tzaddi] Waters flowed over my head; [then] I said, I am dead.

55 [Koph] I called upon thy name, O LORD, out of the low dungeon.

56 [Koph] Thou hast heard my voice; do not hide thine ear at my cry that I might breath.

57 [Koph] Thou drewest near in the day that I called upon thee; thou didst say, Fear not.

58 [Resh] O Lord, thou hast pleaded the cause of my soul; thou hast redeemed my life.

59 [Resh] O LORD, thou hast seen where I was wrong; plead thou my cause.

60 [Resh] Thou hast seen all their vengeance [and] all their imaginations against me.

61 [Schin] Thou hast heard their reproach, O LORD, [and] all their imaginations against me;

62 [Schin] The words of those that rose up against me, and their design against me all the day.

63 [Schin] Behold their sitting down, and their rising up; I [am] their music.

64 [Tau] Render unto them a recompense, O LORD, according to the work of their hands.

65 [Tau] Give them sorrow of heart; thy curse unto them.

66 [Tau] Persecute them in thy anger and cut them off from under the heavens, oh LORD.: