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Passage Lookup: Lamentations 3:37-5:22

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Lamentations 3:37
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Who can speak and have it happen if the Lord has not decreed it?(ba)
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Lamentations 3:38
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Is it not from the mouth of the Most High that both calamities and good things come?(bb)
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Lamentations 3:39
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Why should the living complain when punished for their sins?(bc)
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Lamentations 3:40
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Let us examine our ways and test them,(bd) and let us return to the Lord .(be)
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Lamentations 3:41
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Let us lift up our hearts and our hands to God in heaven,(bf) and say:
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Lamentations 3:42
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"We have sinned and rebelled(bg) and you have not forgiven.(bh)
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Lamentations 3:43
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"You have covered yourself with anger and pursued(bi) us; you have slain without pity.(bj)
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Lamentations 3:44
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You have covered yourself with a cloud(bk) so that no prayer(bl) can get through.(bm)
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Lamentations 3:45
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You have made us scum(bn) and refuse among the nations.
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Lamentations 3:46
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"All our enemies have opened their mouths wide(bo) against us.(bp)
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Lamentations 3:47
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We have suffered terror and pitfalls,(bq) ruin and destruction.(br)"
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Lamentations 3:48
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Streams of tears(bs) flow from my eyes(bt) because my people are destroyed.(bu)
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Lamentations 3:49
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My eyes will flow unceasingly, without relief,(bv)
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Lamentations 3:50
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until the Lord looks down from heaven and sees.(bw)
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Lamentations 3:51
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What I see brings grief to my soul because of all the women of my city.
Lamentations 3:52
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Those who were my enemies without cause hunted me like a bird.(bx)
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Lamentations 3:53
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They tried to end my life in a pit(by) and threw stones at me;
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Lamentations 3:54
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the waters closed over my head,(bz) and I thought I was about to perish.(ca)
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Lamentations 3:55
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I called on your name, Lord , from the depths(cb) of the pit.(cc)
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Lamentations 3:56
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You heard my plea:(cd) "Do not close your ears to my cry for relief."
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Lamentations 3:57
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You came near(ce) when I called you, and you said, "Do not fear."(cf)
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Lamentations 3:58
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You, Lord, took up my case;(cg) you redeemed my life.(ch)
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Lamentations 3:59
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Lord , you have seen the wrong done to me.(ci) Uphold my cause!(cj)
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Lamentations 3:60
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You have seen the depth of their vengeance, all their plots against me.(ck)
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Lamentations 3:61
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Lord , you have heard their insults,(cl) all their plots against me—
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Lamentations 3:62
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what my enemies whisper and mutter against me all day long.(cm)
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Lamentations 3:63
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Look at them! Sitting or standing, they mock me in their songs.(cn)
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Lamentations 3:64
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Pay them back what they deserve, Lord , for what their hands have done.(co)
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Lamentations 3:65
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Put a veil over their hearts,(cp) and may your curse be on them!
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Lamentations 3:66
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Pursue(cq) them in anger and destroy them from under the heavens of the Lord .
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Lamentations 4:1
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[a]How the gold has lost its luster, the fine gold become dull! The sacred gems are scattered at every street corner.(a)
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Lamentations 4:2
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How the precious children of Zion,(b) once worth their weight in gold, are now considered as pots of clay, the work of a potter's hands!
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Lamentations 4:3
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Even jackals offer their breasts to nurse their young, but my people have become heartless like ostriches in the desert.(c)
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Lamentations 4:4
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Because of thirst(d) the infant's tongue sticks to the roof of its mouth;(e) the children beg for bread, but no one gives it to them.(f)
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Lamentations 4:5
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Those who once ate delicacies are destitute in the streets. Those brought up in royal purple(g) now lie on ash heaps.(h)
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Lamentations 4:6
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The punishment of my people is greater than that of Sodom,(i) which was overthrown in a moment without a hand turned to help her.
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Lamentations 4:7
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Their princes were brighter than snow and whiter than milk, their bodies more ruddy than rubies, their appearance like lapis lazuli.
Lamentations 4:8
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But now they are blacker(j) than soot; they are not recognized in the streets. Their skin has shriveled on their bones;(k) it has become as dry as a stick.
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Lamentations 4:9
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Those killed by the sword are better off than those who die of famine;(l) racked with hunger, they waste away for lack of food from the field.(m)
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Lamentations 4:10
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With their own hands compassionate women have cooked their own children,(n) who became their food when my people were destroyed.
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Lamentations 4:11
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The Lord has given full vent to his wrath;(o) he has poured out(p) his fierce anger.(q) He kindled a fire(r) in Zion that consumed her foundations.(s)
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Lamentations 4:12
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The kings of the earth did not believe, nor did any of the peoples of the world, that enemies and foes could enter the gates of Jerusalem.(t)
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Lamentations 4:13
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But it happened because of the sins of her prophets and the iniquities of her priests,(u) who shed within her the blood(v) of the righteous.
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Lamentations 4:14
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Now they grope through the streets as if they were blind.(w) They are so defiled with blood(x) that no one dares to touch their garments.
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Lamentations 4:15
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"Go away! You are unclean!" people cry to them. "Away! Away! Don't touch us!" When they flee and wander(y) about, people among the nations say, "They can stay here no longer."(z)
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Lamentations 4:16
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The Lord himself has scattered them; he no longer watches over them.(aa) The priests are shown no honor, the elders(ab) no favor.(ac)
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Lamentations 4:17
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Moreover, our eyes failed, looking in vain(ad) for help;(ae) from our towers we watched for a nation(af) that could not save us.
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Lamentations 4:18
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People stalked us at every step, so we could not walk in our streets. Our end was near, our days were numbered, for our end had come.(ag)
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Lamentations 4:19
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Our pursuers were swifter than eagles(ah) in the sky; they chased us(ai) over the mountains and lay in wait for us in the desert.(aj)
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Lamentations 4:20
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The Lord 's anointed,(ak) our very life breath, was caught in their traps.(al) We thought that under his shadow(am) we would live among the nations.
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Lamentations 4:21
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Rejoice and be glad, Daughter Edom, you who live in the land of Uz.(an) But to you also the cup(ao) will be passed; you will be drunk and stripped naked.(ap)
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Lamentations 4:22
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Your punishment will end, Daughter Zion;(aq) he will not prolong your exile. But he will punish your sin, Daughter Edom, and expose your wickedness.(ar)
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Lamentations 5:1
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Remember, Lord , what has happened to us; look, and see our disgrace.(a)
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Lamentations 5:2
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Our inheritance(b) has been turned over to strangers,(c) our homes(d) to foreigners.(e)
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Lamentations 5:3
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We have become fatherless, our mothers are widows.(f)
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Lamentations 5:4
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We must buy the water we drink;(g) our wood can be had only at a price.(h)
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Lamentations 5:5
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Those who pursue us are at our heels; we are weary(i) and find no rest.(j)
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Lamentations 5:6
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We submitted to Egypt and Assyria(k) to get enough bread.
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Lamentations 5:7
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Our ancestors(l) sinned and are no more, and we bear their punishment.(m)
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Lamentations 5:8
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Slaves(n) rule over us, and there is no one to free us from their hands.(o)
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Lamentations 5:9
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We get our bread at the risk of our lives because of the sword in the desert.
Lamentations 5:10
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Our skin is hot as an oven, feverish from hunger.(p)
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Lamentations 5:11
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Women have been violated(q) in Zion, and virgins in the towns of Judah.
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Lamentations 5:12
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Princes have been hung up by their hands; elders(r) are shown no respect.(s)
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Lamentations 5:13
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Young men toil at the millstones; boys stagger under loads of wood.
Lamentations 5:14
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The elders are gone from the city gate; the young men have stopped their music.(t)
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Lamentations 5:15
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Joy is gone from our hearts; our dancing has turned to mourning.(u)
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Lamentations 5:16
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The crown(v) has fallen from our head.(w) Woe to us, for we have sinned!(x)
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Lamentations 5:17
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Because of this our hearts(y) are faint,(z) because of these things our eyes(aa) grow dim(ab)
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Lamentations 5:18
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for Mount Zion,(ac) which lies desolate,(ad) with jackals prowling over it.
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Lamentations 5:19
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You, Lord , reign forever;(ae) your throne endures(af) from generation to generation.
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Lamentations 5:20
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Why do you always forget us?(ag) Why do you forsake(ah) us so long?
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Lamentations 5:21
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Restore(ai) us to yourself, Lord , that we may return; renew our days as of old
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Lamentations 5:22
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unless you have utterly rejected us(aj) and are angry with us beyond measure.(ak)
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