The Lamentations of Jeremiah
1 – Aleph. I am the man that see my poverty by the rod of his indignation.
2 – Aleph. He hath led me, and brought me into darkness, and not into light.
3 – Aleph. Only against me he hath turned, and turned again his hand all the day.
4 – Beth. My skin and my flesh he hath made old, he hath broken my bones.
5 – Beth. He hath built round about me, and he hath compassed me with gall and labour.
6 – Beth. He hath set me in dark places as those that are dead for ever.
7 – Ghimel. He hath built against me round about, that I may not get out: he hath made my fetters heavy.
8 – Ghimel. Yea, and when I cry, and entreat, he hath shut out my prayer.
9 – Ghimel. He hath shut up my ways with square stones, he hath turned my paths upside down.
10 – Daleth. He is become to me as a bear lying in wait: as a lion in secret places.
11 – Daleth. He hath turned aside my paths, and hath broken me in pieces, he hath made me desolate.
12 – Daleth. He hath bent his bow, and set me as a mark for his arrows.
13 – He. He hath shot into my reins the daughters of his quiver.
14 – He. I am made a derision to all my people, their song all the day long.
15 – He. He hath filled me with bitterness, he hath inebriated me with wormwood.
16 – Vau. And he hath broken my teeth one by one, he hath fed me with ashes.
17 – Vau. And my soul is removed far off from peace, I have forgotten good things.
18 – Vau. And I said: My end and my hope is perished from the Lord.
19 – Zain. Remember my poverty, and transgression, the wormwood, and the gall.
20 – Zain. I will be mindful and remember, and my soul shall languish within me.
21 – Zain. These things I shall think over in my heart, therefore will I hope.
22 – Heth. The mercies of the Lord that we are not consumed: because his commiserations have not failed.
23 – Heth. They are new every morning, great is thy faithfulness.
24 – Heth. The Lord is my portion, said my soul: therefore will I wait for him.
25 – Teth. The Lord is good to them that hope in him, to the soul that seeketh him.
26 – Teth. It is good to wait with silence for the salvation of God.
27 – Teth. It is good for a man, when he hath borne the yoke from his youth.
28 – Jod. He shall sit solitary, and hold his peace: because he hath taken it up upon himself.
29 – Jod. He shall put his mouth in the dust, if so be there may be hope.
30 – Jod. He shall give his cheek to him that striketh him, he shall be filled with reproaches.
31 – Caph. For the Lord will not cast off for ever.
32 – Caph. For if he hath cast off, he will also have mercy, according to the multitude of his mercies.
33 – Caph. For he hath not willingly afflicted, nor cast off the children of men.
34 – Lamed. To crush under his feet all the prisoners of the land,
35 – Lamed. To turn aside the judgment of a man before the face of the most High,
36 – Lamed. To destroy a man wrongfully in his judgment, the Lord hath not approved.
37 – Mem. Who is he that hath commanded a thing to be done, when the Lord commandeth it not?
38 – Mem. Shall not both evil and good proceed out of the mouth of the Highest?
39 – Mem. Why hath a living man murmured, man suffering for his sins?
40 – Nun. Let us search our ways, and seek, and return to the Lord.
41 – Nun. Let us lift up our hearts with our hands to the Lord in the heavens.
42 – Nun. We have done wickedly, and provoked thee to wrath: therefore thou art inexorable.
43 – Samech. Thou hast covered in thy wrath, and hast struck us: thou hast killed and hast not spared.
44 – Samech. Thou hast set a cloud before thee, that our prayer may not pass through.
45 – Samech. Thou hast made me as an outcast, and refuse in the midst of the people.
46 – Phe. All our enemies have opened their mouths against us.
47 – Phe. Prophecy is become to us a fear, and a snare, and destruction.
48 – Phe. My eye hath run down with streams of water, for the destruction of the daughter of my people.
49 – Ain. My eye is afflicted, and hath not been quiet, because there was no rest:
50 – Ain. Till the Lord regarded and looked down from the heavens.
51 – Ain. My eye hath wasted my soul because of all the daughters of my city.
52 – Sade. My enemies have chased me and caught me like a bird, without cause.
53 – Sade. My life is fallen into the pit, and they have laid a stone over me.
54 – Sade. Waters have flowed over my head: I said: I am cut off.
55 – Coph. I have called upon thy name, O Lord, from the lowest pit.
56 – Coph. Thou hast heard my voice: turn not away thy ear from my sighs, and cries.
57 – Coph. Thou drewest near in the day, when I called upon thee, thou saidst: Fear not.
58 – Res. Thou hast judged, O Lord, the cause of my soul, thou the Redeemer of my life.
59 – Res. Thou hast seen, O Lord, their iniquity against me: judge thou my judgment.
60 – Res. Thou hast seen all their fury, and all their thoughts against me.
61 – Sin. Thou hast heard their reproach, O Lord, all their imaginations against me.
62 – Sin. The lips of them that rise up against me: and their devices against me all the day.
63 – Sin. Behold their sitting down, and their rising up, I am their song.
64 – Thau. Thou shalt render them a recompense, O Lord, according to the works of their hands.
65 – Thau. Thou shalt give them a buckler of heart, thy labour.
66 – Thau. Thou shalt persecute them in anger, and shalt destroy them from under the heavens, O Lord.
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