3:1 Aleph. I am the man that see my poverty by the rod of his indignation.
3:2 Aleph. He hath led me, and brought me into darkness, and not into light.
3:3 Aleph. Only against me he hath turned, and turned again his hand all the day.
3:4 Beth. My skin and my flesh he hath made old, he hath broken my bones.
3:5 Beth. He hath built round about me, and he hath compassed me with gall and labour.
3:6 Beth. He hath set me in dark places as those that are dead for ever.
3:7 Ghimel. He hath built against me round about, that I may not get out: he hath made my fetters heavy.
3:8 Ghimel. Yea, and when I cry, and entreat, he hath shut out my prayer.
3:9 Ghimel. He hath shut up my ways with square stones, he hath turned my paths upside down.
3:10 Daleth. He is become to me as a bear lying in wait: as a lion in secret places.
3:11 Daleth. He hath turned aside my paths, and hath broken me in pieces, he hath made me desolate.
3:12 Daleth. He hath bent his bow, and set me as a mark for his arrows.
3:13 He. He hath shot into my reins the daughters of his quiver.
3:14 He. I am made a derision to all my people, their song all the day long.
3:15 He. He hath filled me with bitterness, he hath inebriated me with wormwood.
3:16 Vau. And he hath broken my teeth one by one, he hath fed me with ashes.
3:17 Vau. And my soul is removed far off from peace, I have forgotten good things.
3:18 Vau. And I said: My end and my hope is perished from the Lord.
3:19 Zain. Remember my poverty, and transgression, the wormwood, and the gall.
3:20 Zain. I will be mindful and remember, and my soul shall languish within me.
3:21 Zain. These things I shall think over in my heart, therefore will I hope.
3:22 Heth. The mercies of the Lord that we are not consumed: because his commiserations have not failed.
3:23 Heth. They are new every morning, great is thy faithfulness.
3:24 Heth. The Lord is my portion, said my soul: therefore will I wait for him.
3:25 Teth. The Lord is good to them that hope in him, to the soul that seeketh him.
3:26 Teth. It is good to wait with silence for the salvation of God.
3:27 Teth. It is good for a man, when he hath borne the yoke from his youth.
3:28 Jod. He shall sit solitary, and hold his peace: because he hath taken it up upon himself.
3:29 Jod. He shall put his mouth in the dust, if so be there may be hope.
3:30 Jod. He shall give his cheek to him that striketh him, he shall be filled with reproaches.
3:31 Caph. For the Lord will not cast off for ever.
3:32 Caph. For if he hath cast off, he will also have mercy, according to the multitude of his mercies.
3:33 Caph. For he hath not willingly afflicted, nor cast off the children of men.
3:34 Lamed. To crush under his feet all the prisoners of the land,
3:35 Lamed. To turn aside the judgment of a man before the face of the most High,
3:36 Lamed. To destroy a man wrongfully in his judgment, the Lord hath not approved.
3:37 Mem. Who is he that hath commanded a thing to be done, when the Lord commandeth it not?
3:38 Mem. Shall not both evil and good proceed out of the mouth of the Highest?
3:39 Mem. Why hath a living man murmured, man suffering for his sins?
3:40 Nun. Let us search our ways, and seek, and return to the Lord.
3:41 Nun. Let us lift up our hearts with our hands to the Lord in the heavens.
3:42 Nun. We have done wickedly, and provoked thee to wrath: therefore thou art inexorable.
3:43 Samech. Thou hast covered in thy wrath, and hast struck us: thou hast killed and hast not spared.
3:44 Samech. Thou hast set a cloud before thee, that our prayer may not pass through.
3:45 Samech. Thou hast made me as an outcast, and refuse in the midst of the people.
3:46 Phe. All our enemies have opened their mouths against us.
3:47 Phe. Prophecy is become to us a fear, and a snare, and destruction.
3:48 Phe. My eye hath run down with streams of water, for the destruction of the daughter of my people.
3:49 Ain. My eye is afflicted, and hath not been quiet, because there was no rest:
3:50 Ain. Till the Lord regarded and looked down from the heavens.
3:51 Ain. My eye hath wasted my soul because of all the daughters of my city.
3:52 Sade. My enemies have chased me and caught me like a bird, without cause.
3:53 Sade. My life is fallen into the pit, and they have laid a stone over me.
3:54 Sade. Waters have flowed over my head: I said: I am cut off.
3:55 Coph. I have called upon thy name, O Lord, from the lowest pit.
3:56 Coph. Thou hast heard my voice: turn not away thy ear from my sighs, and cries.
3:57 Coph. Thou drewest near in the day, when I called upon thee, thou saidst: Fear not.
3:58 Res. Thou hast judged, O Lord, the cause of my soul, thou the Redeemer of my life.
3:59 Res. Thou hast seen, O Lord, their iniquity against me: judge thou my judgment.
3:60 Res. Thou hast seen all their fury, and all their thoughts against me.
3:61 Sin. Thou hast heard their reproach, O Lord, all their imaginations against me.
3:62 Sin. The lips of them that rise up against me: and their devices against me all the day.
3:63 Sin. Behold their sitting down, and their rising up, I am their song.
3:64 Thau. Thou shalt render them a recompense, O Lord, according to the works of their hands.
3:65 Thau. Thou shalt give them a buckler of heart, thy labour.
3:66 Thau. Thou shalt persecute them in anger, and shalt destroy them from under the heavens, O Lord.
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