Bible: Lam 3
The Prophet Speaks:
3:1 א (Alef) 1
from the rod 4 of his wrath.
in darkness and not light.
3:3 He repeatedly 7 attacks me,
3:4 ב (Bet)
He has made my mortal skin 10 waste away;
he has broken my bones.
with bitter hardship. 13
3:6 He has made me reside in deepest darkness 14
like those who died long ago.
3:7 ג (Gimel)
He has walled me in 15 so that I cannot get out;
he has weighted me down with heavy prison chains. 16
he has shut out my prayer. 19
he has made every path impassable. 22
3:10 ד (Dalet)
To me he is like a bear lying in ambush, 23
he has made me desolate.
the target for his arrow.
3:13 ה (He)
into my heart. 32
3:14 I have become the laughingstock of all people, 33
3:15 He has given me my fill of bitter herbs
and made me drunk with bitterness. 36
3:16 ו (Vav)
He ground 37 my teeth in gravel;
he trampled 38 me in the dust.
I have forgotten what happiness 42 is.
3:18 So I said, “My endurance has expired;
I have lost all hope of deliverance 43 from the
3:19 ז (Zayin)
which is a bitter poison. 46
therefore I have hope:
3:22 ח (Khet)
his compassions 55 never end.
3:23 They are fresh 56 every morning;
your faithfulness is abundant! 57
3:24 “My portion is the Lord,” I have said to myself, 58
so I will put my hope in him.
3:25 ט (Tet)
to the one 60 who seeks him.
3:26 It is good to wait patiently 61
for deliverance from the
3:27 It is good for a man 63
3:28 י (Yod)
Let a person 67 sit alone in silence,
3:29 Let him bury his face in the dust; 70
perhaps there is hope.
3:30 Let him offer his cheek to the one who hits him; 71
let him have his fill of insults.
3:31 כ (Kaf)
For the Lord 72 will not
reject us forever. 73
according to the abundance of his loyal kindness. 76
3:33 For he is not predisposed to afflict 77
or to grieve people. 78
3:34 ל (Lamed)
To crush underfoot
all the earth’s prisoners, 79
in the presence of the Most High,
3:36 to defraud a person in a lawsuit –
3:37 מ (Mem)
Whose command was ever fulfilled 84
unless the Lord 85 decreed it?
3:38 Is it not from the mouth of the Most High that everything comes –
both calamity and blessing? 86
3:39 Why should any living person 87 complain
when punished for his sins? 88
3:40 נ (Nun)
Let us carefully examine our ways, 89
and let us return to the
3:41 Let us lift up our hearts 90 and our hands
to God in heaven:
you 93 have not forgiven.”
3:43 ס (Samek)
You shrouded yourself 94 with anger and then pursued us;
you killed without mercy.
3:44 You shrouded yourself with a cloud
so that no prayer can get through.
3:45 You make us like filthy scum 95
in the estimation 96 of the nations.
3:46 פ (Pe)
All our enemies have gloated over us; 97
3:47 Panic and pitfall 98 have come upon us,
devastation and destruction. 99
3:49 ע (Ayin)
Tears flow from my eyes 104 and will not stop;
there will be no break 105
3:50 until the
and sees what has happened. 106
all the suffering of the daughters in my city. 109
3:52 צ (Tsade)
For no good reason 110 my enemies
hunted me down 111 like a bird.
3:53 They shut me 112 up in a pit
and threw stones at me.
3:54 The waters closed over my head;
3:55 ק (Qof)
I have called on your name, O
from the deepest pit. 115
“Do not close your ears to my cry for relief!” 118
3:57 You came near 119 on the day I called to you;
you said, 120 “Do not fear!”
3:58 ר (Resh)
you redeemed my life.
3:59 You have seen the wrong done to me, O
pronounce judgment on my behalf! 124
3:60 You have seen all their vengeance,
all their plots against me. 125
3:61 ש (Sin/Shin)
You have heard 126 their taunts, O
all their plots against me.
3:62 My assailants revile and conspire 127
against me all day long.
3:63 Watch them from morning to evening; 128
I am the object of their mocking songs.
3:64 ת (Tav)
3:65 Give them a distraught heart; 133
may your curse be on them!
3:66 Pursue them 134 in anger and eradicate them
from under the