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I Am the man that hath seene affliction by the rod of his wrath.
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He hath led me and brought mee into darkenesse, but not into light.
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Surely against me is he turned, he turneth his hand against me all the day.
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My flesh and my skinne hath he made old, he hath broken my bones.
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He hath builded against me, and compassed me with gall and trauel.
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He hath set me in darke places, as they that be dead of old.
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He hath hedged me about, that I cannot get out: hee hath made my chaine heauie.
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Also when I cry and shout, he shutteth out my prayer.
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Hee hath inclosed my wayes with hewen stone: he hath made my pathes crooked.
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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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Hee hath turned aside my wayes, and pulled me in pieces: hee hath made me desolate.
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He hath bent his bow, and set me as a marke for the arrow.
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Hee hath 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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Hee hath filled me with bitternesse, hee hath made me drunken with wormewood.
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He hath also broken my teeth with grauell stones, hee hath couered me with ashes.
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And thou hast remoued my soule farre off from peace: I forgate prosperitie.
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And I said, My strength and my hope is perished from the Lord:
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Remembring mine affliction and my miserie, the wormewood & the gall.
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My soule hath them still in remembrance, and is humbled in me.
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This I recall to my mind, therefore haue I hope.
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It is of the Lords mercies that wee are not consumed, because his compassions faile not.
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They are newe euery morning: great is thy faithfulnesse.
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The Lord is my portion, sayth my soule, therefore will I hope in him.
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The Lord is good vnto them that waite for him, to the soule that seeketh him.
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It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait 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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Hee sitteth alone and keepeth silence, because hee hath borne it vpon him.
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He putteth his mouth in the dust, if so be there may be hope.
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Hee giueth his cheeke to him that smiteth him, hee is filled full with reproch.
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For the Lord will not cast off for euer.
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But though hee cause griefe, yet will hee haue compassion according to the multitude of his mercies.
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For he doth not afflict willingly, nor grieue the children of men.
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To crush vnder his feete all the prisoners of the earth,
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To turne aside the right of a man before the face of the most high,
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To subuert a man in his cause, the Lord approoueth not.
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Who is hee that sayth, and it commeth to passe, when the Lord commandeth it not?
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Out of the mouth of the most hie proceedeth not euill and good?
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Wherefore doeth a liuing man complaine, a man for the punishment of his sinnes?
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Let vs search and try our waies, and turne againe to the Lord.
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Let vs lift vp our heart with our hands vnto God in the heauens.
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We haue transgressed, and haue rebelled, thou hast not pardoned.
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Thou hast couered with anger, and persecuted vs: thou hast slaine, thou hast not pitied.
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Thou hast couered thy selfe with a cloud, that our prayer should not passe through.
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Thou hast made vs as the offscouring and refuse in the middest of the people.
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All our enemies haue opened their mouthes against vs.
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Feare and a snare is come vpon vs, desolation and destruction.
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Mine eye runneth downe with riuers of water, for the destruction of the daughter of my people.
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Mine eye trickleth downe and ceaseth not, without any intermission:
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Till the Lord looke downe, and behold from heauen.
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Mine eye affecteth mine heart, because of all the daughters of my city.
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Mine enemies chased me sore like a bird, without cause.
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They haue cut off my life in the dungeon, and cast a stone vpon me.
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Waters flowed ouer mine head, then I sayd, I am cut off.
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I called vpon thy name, O Lord, out of the low dungeon.
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Thou hast heard my voice, hide not thine eare at my breathing, at my crie.
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Thou drewest neere in the day that I called vpon thee: thou saidst, Feare not.
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O Lord, thou hast pleaded the causes of my soule, thou hast redeemed my life.
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O Lord, thou hast seene my wrong, iudge thou my cause.
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Thou hast seene all their vengeance;
and all their imaginations 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 of those that rose vp against me, and their deuice against me all the day.
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Behold, their sitting downe and their rising vp, I am their musicke.
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Render vnto them a recompense, O Lord, according to the worke of their hands.
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Giue them sorrow of heart, thy curse vnto them.
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Persecute and destroy them in anger, from vnder the heauens of the Lord.