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I am the man, that hath seene affliction in the rod of his indignation.
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He hath ledde mee, and brought me into darkenes, but not to light.
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Surely he is turned against me: he turneth his hand against me all the day.
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My flesh and my skinne hath he caused to waxe olde, and he hath broken my bones.
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He hath builded against me, and compassed me with gall, and labour.
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He hath set me in darke places, as they that be dead for euer.
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He hath hedged about mee, that I cannot get out: he hath made my chaines heauy.
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Also when I cry and showte, hee shutteth out my prayer.
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He hath stopped vp my wayes with hewen stone, and turned away my paths.
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He was vnto me as a beare lying in waite, and as a Lion in secret places.
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He hath stopped my wayes, and pulled me in pieces: he hath made me desolate.
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He hath bent his bow & made me a marke for the arrow.
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Hee caused the arrowes of his quiuer to enter into my reines.
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I was a derision to all my people, and their song all the day.
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He hath filled me with bitternes, & made me drunken with wormewood.
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He hath also broken my teeth with stones, and hath couered me with ashes.
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Thus my soule was farre off from peace: I forgate prosperitie,
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And I saide, My strength & mine hope is perished from the Lord,
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Remembring mine affliction, & my mourning, the wormewood and the gall.
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My soule hath them in remembrance, and is humbled in me.
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I consider this in mine heart: therefore haue I hope.
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It is the Lordes mercies that wee are not consumed, because his compassions faile not.
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They are renued euery morning: great is thy faithfulnesse.
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The Lorde is my portion, sayth my soule: therefore wil I hope in him.
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The Lord is good vnto them, that trust in him, and to the soule that seeketh him.
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It is good both to trust, and to waite for the saluation of the Lord.
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It is good for a man that he beare the yoke in his youth.
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He sitteth alone, and keepeth silence, because he hath borne it vpon him.
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He putteth his mouth in the dust, if there may be hope.
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Hee giueth his cheeke to him that smiteth him: he is filled full with reproches.
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For the Lord will not forsake for euer.
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But though he sende affliction, yet will he haue compassion according to the multitude of his mercies.
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For he doeth not punish willingly, nor afflict the children of men,
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In stamping vnder his feete all the prisoners of the earth,
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In ouerthrowing the right of a man before the face of the most high,
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In subuerting a man in his cause: the Lord seeth it not.
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Who is he then that sayth, & it commeth to passe, and the Lord commandeth it not?
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Out of the mouth of the most high proceedeth not euill and good?
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Wherefore then is the liuing man sorowfull?
man suffreth for his sinne.
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Let vs search and try our wayes, and turne againe to the Lord.
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Let vs lift vp our hearts with our handes vnto God in the heauens.
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We haue sinned, and haue rebelled, therefore thou hast not spared.
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Thou hast couered vs with wrath, and persecuted vs: thou hast slaine and not spared.
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Thou hast couered thy selfe with a cloude, that our prayer should not passe through.
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Thou hast made vs as the ofscouring and refuse in the middes of the people.
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All our enemies haue opened their mouth against vs.
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Feare, and a snare is come vpon vs with desolation and destruction.
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Mine eye casteth out riuers of water, for the destruction of the daughter of my people.
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Mine eye droppeth without stay and ceaseth not,
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Till the Lorde looke downe, and beholde from heauen.
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Mine eye breaketh mine heart because of all the daughters of my citie.
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Mine enemies chased me sore like a birde, without cause.
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They haue shut vp my life in the dungeon, and cast a stone vpon me.
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Waters flowed ouer mine head, then thought I, I am destroyed.
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I called vpon thy Name, O Lorde, out of the lowe dungeon.
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Thou hast heard my voyce: stoppe not thine eare from my sigh and from my cry.
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Thou drewest neere in the day that I called vpon thee: thou saydest, Feare not.
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O Lord, thou hast maintained the cause of my soule, and hast redeemed my life.
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O Lorde, thou hast seene my wrong, iudge thou my cause.
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Thou hast seene all their vengeance, and all their deuises against me.
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Thou hast heard their reproch, O Lord, and all their imaginations against me:
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The lippes also of those that rose against me, and their whispering against me continually.
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Behold, their sitting downe and their rising vp, how I am their song.
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Giue them a recompence, O Lord, according to the worke of their handes.
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Giue them sorow of heart, euen thy curse to them.
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Persecute with wrath & destroy them from vnder the heauen, O Lord.