3:1 I AM the man that hath seen affliction by the
rod of his wrath.
3:2 He hath led me, and brought me into darkness, but not
3:3 Surely against me is he turned; he turneth his hand
against me all the day.
3:4 My flesh and my skin hath he made old; he hath broken
3:5 He hath builded against me, and compassed me with gall
3:6 He hath set me in dark places, as they that be dead of
3:7 He hath hedged me about, that I cannot get out: he hath
made my chain heavy.
3:8 Also when I cry and shout, he shutteth out my prayer.
3:9 He hath inclosed my ways with hewn stone, he hath made
my paths crooked.
3:10 He was unto me as a bear lying in wait, and as a lion
in secret places.
3:11 He hath turned aside my ways, and pulled me in pieces:
he hath made me desolate.
3:12 He hath bent his bow, and set me as a mark for the
3:13 He hath caused the arrows of his quiver to enter into
3:14 I was a derision to all my people; and their song all
3:15 He hath filled me with bitterness, he hath made me
drunken with wormwood.
3:16 He hath also broken my teeth with gravel stones, he
hath covered me with ashes.
3:17 And thou hast removed my soul far off from peace: I
3:18 And I said, My strength and my hope is perished from
3:19 Remembering mine affliction and my misery, the
wormwood and the gall.
3:20 My soul hath them still in remembrance, and is humbled
3:21 This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope.
3:22 It is of the LORD's mercies that we are not consumed,
because his compassions fail not.
3:23 They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.
3:24 The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will
I hope in him.
3:25 The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the
soul that seeketh him.
3:26 It is good that a man should both hope and quietly
wait for the salvation of the LORD.
3:27 It is good for a man that he bear the yoke of his
3:28 He sitteth alone and keepeth silence, because he hath
borne it upon him.
3:29 He putteth his mouth in the dust; if so be there may
3:30 He giveth his cheek to him that smiteth him: he is
filled full with reproach.
3:31 For the LORD will not cast off for ever:
3:32 But though he cause grief, yet will he have compassion
according to the multitude of his mercies.
3:33 For he doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the
children of men.
3:34 To crush under his feet all the prisoners of the
3:35 To turn aside the right of a man before the face of
the most High,
3:36 To subvert a man in his cause, the LORD approveth not.
3:37 Who is he that saith, and it cometh to pass, when the
Lord commandeth it not?
3:38 Out of the mouth of the most High proceedeth not evil
3:39 Wherefore doth a living man complain, a man for the
punishment of his sins?
3:40 Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the
3:41 Let us lift up our heart with our hands unto God in
3:42 We have transgressed and have rebelled: thou hast not
3:43 Thou hast covered with anger, and persecuted us: thou
hast slain, thou hast not pitied.
3:44 Thou hast covered thyself with a cloud, that our
prayer should not pass through.
3:45 Thou hast made us as the offscouring and refuse in the
midst of the people.
3:46 All our enemies have opened their mouths against us.
3:47 Fear and a snare is come upon us, desolation and
3:48 Mine eye runneth down with rivers of water for the
destruction of the daughter of my people.
3:49 Mine eye trickleth down, and ceaseth not, without any
3:50 Till the LORD look down, and behold from heaven.
3:51 Mine eye affecteth mine heart because of all the
daughters of my city.
3:52 Mine enemies chased me sore, like a bird, without
3:53 They have cut off my life in the dungeon, and cast a
stone upon me.
3:54 Waters flowed over mine head; then I said, I am cut
3:55 I called upon thy name, O LORD, out of the low
3:56 Thou hast heard my voice: hide not thine ear at my
breathing, at my cry.
3:57 Thou drewest near in the day that I called upon thee:
thou saidst, Fear not.
3:58 O LORD, thou hast pleaded the causes of my soul; thou
hast redeemed my life.
3:59 O LORD, thou hast seen my wrong: judge thou my cause.
3:60 Thou hast seen all their vengeance and all their
imaginations against me.
3:61 Thou hast heard their reproach, O LORD, and all their
imaginations against me;
3:62 The lips of those that rose up against me, and their
device against me all the day.
3:63 Behold their sitting down, and their rising up; I am
3:64 Render unto them a recompence, O LORD, according to
the work of their hands.
3:65 Give them sorrow of heart, thy curse unto them.
3:66 Persecute and destroy them in anger from under the
heavens of the LORD.