June 28, 2020
1I am one who has seen affliction
under the rod of God’s wrath;
2he has driven and brought me
into darkness without any light;
3against me alone he turns his hand,
again and again, all day long.
17my soul is bereft of peace;
I have forgotten what happiness is;
18so I say, “Gone is my glory,
and all that I had hoped for from the LORD.”
19The thought of my affliction and my homelessness
is wormwood and gall!
20My soul continually thinks of it
and is bowed down within me.
21But this I call to mind,
and therefore I have hope:
22The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases,
his mercies never come to an end;
23they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
24“The LORD is my portion,” says my soul,
“therefore I will hope in him.”
25The LORD is good to those who wait for him,
to the soul that seeks him.
26It is good that one should wait quietly
for the salvation of the LORD.
27It is good for one to bear
the yoke in youth,
28to sit alone in silence
when the LORD has imposed it,
29to put one’s mouth to the dust
(there may yet be hope),
30to give one’s cheek to the smiter,
and be filled with insults.
31For the LORD will not
32Although he causes grief, he will have compassion
according to the abundance of his steadfast love;
Lamentations 5:1-3, 17-22
1Remember, O LORD, what has befallen us;
look, and see our disgrace!
2Our inheritance has been turned over to strangers,
our homes to aliens.
3We have become orphans, fatherless;
our mothers are like widows.
17Because of this our hearts are sick,
because of these things our eyes have grown dim:
18because of Mount Zion, which lies desolate;
jackals prowl over it.
19But you, O LORD, reign forever;
your throne endures to all generations.
20Why have you forgotten us completely?
Why have you forsaken us these many days?
21Restore us to yourself, O LORD, that we may be restored;
renew our days as of old —
22unless you have utterly rejected us,
and are angry with us beyond measure.