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I am the man who has seen affliction under the rod of God's wrath.
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He has driven me away and forced [me] to walk in darkness instead of light.
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Yes, He repeatedly turns His hand against me all day long.
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He has worn away my flesh and skin; He has shattered my bones.
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He has laid siege against me, encircling me with bitterness and hardship.
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He has made me dwell in darkness like those who have been dead for ages.
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He has walled me in so I cannot escape; He has weighed me down with chains.
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Even when I cry out and plead for help, He rejects my prayer.
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He has walled in my ways with cut stones; He has made my paths crooked.
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He is a bear waiting in ambush, a lion in hiding;
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He forced me off my way and tore me to pieces; He left me desolate.
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He bent His bow and set me as the target for His arrow.
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He pierced my kidneys with His arrows.
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I am a laughingstock to all my people, mocked by their songs all day long.
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He filled me with bitterness, sated me with wormwood.
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He ground my teeth on gravel and made me cower in the dust.
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My soul has been deprived of peace; I have forgotten what happiness is.
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Then I thought: My future is lost, as well as my hope from the LORD.
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Remember my affliction and my homelessness, the wormwood and the poison.
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I continually remember [them] and have become depressed.
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Yet I call this to mind, and therefore I have hope:
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[Because of] the LORD's faithful love we do not perish, for His mercies never end.
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They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness!
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I say: The LORD is my portion, therefore I will put my hope in Him.
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The LORD is good to those who wait for Him, to the person who seeks Him.
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It is good to wait quietly for deliverance from the LORD.
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It is good for a man to bear the yoke while he is [still] young.
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Let him sit alone and be silent, for God has disciplined him.
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Let him put his mouth in the dust-- perhaps there is [still] hope.
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Let him offer [his] cheek to the one who would strike him; let him be filled with shame.
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For the Lord will not reject [us] forever.
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Even if He causes suffering, He will show compassion according to His abundant, faithful love.
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For He does not enjoy bringing affliction or suffering on mankind.
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Crushing all the prisoners of the land beneath one's feet,
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denying justice to a man in the presence of the Most High,
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or suppressing a person's lawsuit-- the Lord does not approve [of these things].
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Who is there who speaks and it happens, unless the Lord has ordained [it]?
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Do not both adversity and good come from the mouth of the Most High?
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Why should [any] living person complain, [any] man, because of the punishment for his sins?
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Let us search out and examine our ways, and turn back to the LORD.
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Let us lift up our hearts and [our] hands to God in heaven:
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We have sinned and rebelled; You have not forgiven.
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You have covered Yourself in anger and pursued us; You have killed without compassion.
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You have covered Yourself with a cloud so that no prayer can pass through.
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You have made us disgusting filth among the peoples.
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All our enemies open their mouths against us.
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We have experienced panic and pitfall, devastation and destruction.
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My eyes flow with streams of tears because of the destruction of my dear people.
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My eyes overflow unceasingly, without end,
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until the LORD looks down from heaven and sees.
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My eyes bring me grief because of [the fate of] all the women in my city.
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For no [apparent] reason, my enemies hunted me like a bird.
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They dropped me alive into a pit and threw stones at me.
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Water flooded over my head, and I thought: I'm going to die!
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I called on Your name, Yahweh, from the depths of the Pit.
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You hear my plea: Do not ignore my cry for relief.
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You come near when I call on You; You say: "Do not be afraid."
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You defend my cause, Lord; You redeem my life.
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LORD, You see the wrong done to me; judge my case.
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You see all their malice, all their plots against me.
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LORD, You hear their insults, all their plots against me.
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The slander and murmuring of my opponents attack me all day long.
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When they sit and when they rise, look, I am mocked by their songs.
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You will pay them back what they deserve, LORD, according to the work of their hands.
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You will give them a heart filled with anguish. May Your curse be on them!
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You will pursue [them] in anger and destroy them under Your heavens.