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¶ O MIGHTY God, see my affliction;
I am chastised by the rod of his wrath.
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He has led me, but I walked in darkness and not in light.
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But surely is he turned against me, he turns his hand against me all the day.
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My flesh and my skin he has made old;
he has broken my bones.
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He has built ramparts against me, and compassed me with bitterness and travail.
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He has made me to dwell in darkness, like a dead man for ever.
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He has hedged me about, that I cannot escape;
he has made my chains heavy.
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Though I beseech and pray, he does not hearken to my prayer.
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He has enclosed my ways with thorns, he has made my paths crooked.
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He has been to me as a wolf lying in wait, and as a lion in secret places.
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He has made my ways crooked, and cut me to pieces;
he has made me desolate.
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He has bent his bow, and set me up as a mark for the arrow.
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Behold, he has caused his arrows to enter into my reins.
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I have become the ridicule of all nations;
and their scoffing song all the day.
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He has filled me with bitterness, he has made me drunken with wormwood.
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He has broken my teeth with a stone, he has covered me with ashes.
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My soul has gone astray from peace, I have forgotten prosperity.
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And I said, My fame and my hope are perished from the LORD.
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Remember my affliction and my chastisement, the bitterness and the sorrow.
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Remember and restore my life.
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This I recall to mind;
therefore I have hope in God.
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Surely the kindness of the LORD never ceases and his mercies never fail.
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They are new every morning;
great is thy faithfulness.
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The LORD is my portion, says my soul;
therefore I will hope in him.
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The LORD is good to him who waits for him, to the soul that seeks him.
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It is good for a man that he should hope for both the truth and the salvation of the LORD.
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It is good for a man that he bear thy yoke in his youth.
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Let him sit alone and keep silence, because he has laid thy yoke upon him.
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Let him humble himself, for there is hope.
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Let him turn his cheek to him that smites him;
let him be filled with reproach.
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For the LORD will not forget for ever.
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But though he cause affliction, yet he will have compassion according to the multitude of his mercies.
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For he does not afflict willingly, but he afflicts the children of the mighty men,
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To subdue under his feet all the prisoners of the earth,
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To turn aside the right of a man toward the face of the Most High.
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To subvert a man in his cause, the LORD does not approve.
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¶ Who is he that says, and it comes to pass, when the LORD has not commanded it?
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Out of the mouth of the Most High evil and good do not come.
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Therefore, why should a living man question concerning punishment for his sins?
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Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the LORD.
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Let us lift up our hearts with our hands to God in heaven.
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¶ We have transgressed and rebelled;
and thou hast not pardoned.
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Thou hast covered us with thy anger and pursued us;
thou hast slain, thou hast not pitied.
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Thou hast covered thyself with thy cloud;
thou hast let our prayer pass by.
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Thou hast made us uprooted and despised among the peoples.
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My eyes run down with tears and do not cease, because there is no comforter,
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Till the LORD look down and behold from heaven.
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My eyes are worn with tears because of the destruction of all the daughters of the cities of my people.
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All our enemies speak evil against us.
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Fear and trembling have come upon us, a snare and destruction.
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I wept vehemently over the destruction of the daughter of my people.
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My enemies have hunted me like a bird, without cause.
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They have cut off my life in a pit;
they cast stones at me.
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Water flowed over my head;
then I said, I am cast far off.
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¶ I called upon thy name, O LORD, out of the depths of the pit.
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Thou didst hear my voice;
turn not thine ear to my cry;
but relieve me and save me.
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Thou didst draw near in the day when I called upon thee;
thou didst say, Fear not.
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O LORD, thou hast pleaded my cause;
thou hast saved my life.
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O LORD, thou hast seen my affliction;
thou hast judged my cause.
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Thou hast seen all their vengeance and all their imaginations against me.
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Thou hast heard their reproach, O LORD, and their devices against me,
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The lips of those who rose up against me and their devices against me all day long.
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Behold their conduct and their behavior I do understand, because of their devices.
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Render to them a recompense, O LORD, according to the work of their hands.
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Give them sorrow of heart;
let thy affliction pursue them.
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Destroy them in thine anger from under thy heavens, O LORD.