Lamentations 3
Legacy Standard Bible►► 

Jeremiah’s Heavy Chain


1I am the man who has seen affliction

Because of the rod of His wrath.

2He has driven me and made me walk

In darkness and not in light.

3Surely against me He has turned His hand

Repeatedly all the day.


4He has caused my flesh and my skin to waste away;

He has broken my bones.

5He has besieged and encompassed me with gall and hardship.

6Dark places He has made me inhabit,

Like those who have long been dead.


7He has walled me in so that I cannot go out;

He has made my [†]chain heavy.

8Even when I cry out and call for help,

He shuts out my prayer.

9He has blocked my ways with cut stone;

He has made my paths crooked.


10He is to me like a bear lying in wait,

Like a lion in secret places.

11He has turned aside my ways and torn me to pieces;

He has made me desolate.

12He bent His bow

And set me as a target for the arrow.


13He made the [†]arrows of His quiver

To enter into my [†]inward parts.

14I have become a laughingstock to all my people,

Their music of mockery all the day.

15He has saturated me with bitterness;

He has sated me with wormwood.


16He has broken my teeth with gravel;

He has made me cower in the dust.

17My soul has been rejected from peace;

I have forgotten goodness.

18So I say, “My strength has perished,

As well as my hopeful waiting which comes from Yahweh.”

The Lord Will Not Reject Forever


19Remember my affliction and my [†]homelessness, the wormwood and gall.

20Surely my soul remembers

And is bowed down within me.

21This I will return to my heart;

Therefore I will wait in hope.


22The lovingkindnesses of Yahweh [†]indeed never cease,

For His compassions never fail.

23They are new every morning;

Great is Your faithfulness.

24“Yahweh is my portion,” says my soul,

“Therefore I wait for Him.”


25Yahweh is good to those who hope in Him,

To the soul who seeks Him.

26It is good that he waits silently

For the salvation of Yahweh.

27It is good for a man that he should bear

The yoke in his youth.


28Let him sit alone and be silent

Since He has laid it on him.

29Let him [†]put his mouth in the dust;

Perhaps there is hope.

30Let him give his cheek to the one who strikes him;

Let him be saturated with reproach.


31For the Lord will not reject forever,

32For if He causes grief,

Then He will have compassion

According to His abundant lovingkindness.

33For He does not afflict from His heart

Or grieve the sons of men.


34To crush under His feet

All the prisoners of the [†]land,

35To [†]deprive a man of justice

In the presence of the Most High,

36To [†]defraud a man in his legal case—

These things the Lord does not see with approval.


37Who is [†]there who speaks and it happens,

Unless the Lord has commanded it?

38Is it not from the mouth of the Most High

That both calamities and [†]good go forth?

39Why should any living [†]person or any man

Complain because of his sins?


40Let us search out and examine our ways,

And let us return to Yahweh.

41We lift up our heart to our hands

Toward God in heaven;

42We have transgressed and rebelled;

You have not pardoned.


43You have covered Yourself with anger

And pursued us;

You have killed and have not spared.

44You have covered Yourself with a cloud

So that no prayer can pass through.

45You have made us mere scum and refuse

In the midst of the peoples.


46All our enemies have opened their mouths against us.

47Panic and pitfall have befallen us,

Devastation and destruction;

48My [†]eyes run down with streams of water

Because of the destruction of the daughter of my people.


49My eyes pour down unceasingly,

Without stopping,

50Until Yahweh looks down

And sees from heaven.

51My eyes deal severely with my soul

Because of all the daughters of my city.


52My enemies without cause

Hunted me down like a bird;

53They have silenced my life in the pit

And have [†]placed a stone on me.

54Waters flowed over my head;

I said, “I am cut off!”


55I called on Your name, O Yahweh,

Out of the lowest pit.

56You have heard my voice,

“Do not hide Your ear from my prayer for relief,

From my cry for help.”

57You drew near when I called on You;

You said, “Do not fear!”


58O Lord, You have pleaded my soul’s cause;

You have redeemed my life.

59O Yahweh, You have seen my oppression;

Judge my case.

60You have seen all their vengeance,

All their purposes against me.

Sin/ Shin

61You have heard their reproach, O Yahweh,

All their purposes against me.

62The lips of those who rise against me and their whispering

Are against me all day long.

63Look on their sitting and their rising;

I am their mocking song.


64You will recompense them, O Yahweh,

According to the work of their hands.

65You will give them [†]dullness of heart;

Your curse will be on them.

66You will pursue them in anger and destroy them

From under the heavens of Yahweh!

7 Lit bronze piece
13 Lit sons
13 Lit kidneys
19 Or bitterness
22 Or that we are not consumed
29 Lit give
34 Or earth
35 Or turn aside a man’s case
36 Lit make crooked
37 Lit this
38 Lit the good
39 Or human being
48 Lit eye brings
53 Or cast stones
65 Or insolence

Legacy Standard Bible Copyright ©2021 by The Lockman Foundation
All rights reserved. Managed in partnership with
Three Sixteen Publishing Inc.

For Permission to Quote Information visit

Bible Hub

Lamentations 2
Top of Page
Top of Page