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LAMENTATIONS / ΘΡΗΝΟΙ ΙΕΡΕΜΙΟΥ

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1 ALEPH. I am the man that sees poverty, through the rod of his wrath upon me. 2 He has taken me, and led me away into darkness, and not [into] light. 3 Nay, against me has he turned his hand all the day. 4 He has made old my flesh and my skin; he has broken my bones. 5 BETH. He has built against me, and compassed my head, and brought travail [upon me]. 6 He has set me in dark places, as them that have long been dead. 7 He has builded against me, and I cannot come forth: he has made my brazen [chain] heavy. 8 GIMEL. Yea, [though] I cry and shout, he shuts out my prayer. 9 DALETH. He has built up my ways, he has hedged my paths; 10 he has troubled me, [as] a she-bear lying in wait: he is to me [as] a lion in secret places. 11 He pursued [me] after I departed, and brought me to a stand: he has utterly ruined me. 12 HE. He has bent his bow, and set me as a mark for the arrow. 13 He has caused the arrows of his quiver to enter into my reins. 14 I became a laughing-sock to all my people; and their song all the day. 15 VAU. He has filled me with bitterness, he has drenched me with gall. 16 And he has dashed out my teeth with gravel, he has fed me with ashes. 17 He has also removed my soul from peace: I forgot prosperity. 18 Therefore my success has perished, and my hope from the Lord. 19 ZAIN. I remembered by reason of my poverty, and because of persecution my bitterness and gall shall be remembered; 20 and my soul shall meditate with me. 21 This will I lay up in my heart, therefore I will endure. 22 HETH. [It is] the mercies of the Lord, that he has not failed me, because his compassions are not exhausted. Pity [us], O Lord, early [every] month: for we are not brought to an end, because his compassions are not exhausted. 23 [They are] new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. 24 The Lord is my portion, says my soul; therefore will I wait for him. 25 TETH. The Lord is good to them that wait for him: the soul which shall seek him 26 [is] good, and shall wait for, and quietly expect salvation of the Lord. 27 TETH. [It is] good for a man when he bears a yoke in his youth. 28 He will sit alone, and be silent, because he has borne [it] upon him. 29 30 JOD. He will give [his] cheek to him that smites him: he will be filled full with reproaches. 31 For the Lord will not reject for ever. 32 CHAPH. For he that has brought down will pity, and [that] according to the abundance of his mercy. 33 He has not answered [in anger] from his heart, though he has brought low the children of a man. 34 LAMED. To bring down under his feet all the prisoners of the earth, 35 to turn aside the judgment of a man before the face of the Most High, 36 to condemn a man [unjustly] in his judgment, the Lord has not given commandment. 37 Who has thus spoken, and it has come to pass? the Lord has not commanded it. 38 Out of the mouth of the Most High there shall not come forth evil and good. 39 MEM. Why should a living man complain, a man concerning his in? 40 NUN. Our way has been searched out and examined, and we will turn to the Lord. 41 Let us lift up our hearts with [our] hand to the lofty One in heaven. 42 We have sinned, we have transgressed; and thou hast not pardoned. 43 SAMECH. Thou has visited [us] in wrath, and driven us away: thou has slain, thou has not pitied. 44 Thou hast veiled thyself with a cloud because of prayer, that I might be blind, 45 and be cast off. AIN. Thou hast set us [alone] in the midst of the nations. 46 All our enemies have opened their mouth against us. 47 Fear and wrath are come upon us, suspense and destruction. 48 Mine eye shall pour down torrents of water, for the destruction of the daughter of my people. 49 PHE. Mine eye is drowned [with tears], and I will not be silent, so that there shall be no rest, 50 until the Lord look down, and behold from heaven. 51 Mine eye shall prey upon my soul, because of all the daughters of the city. 52 TSADE. The fowlers chased me as a sparrow, all mine enemies destroyed my life in a pit without cause, 53 and laid a stone upon me. 54 Water flowed over my head: I said, I am cut off. 55 KOPH. I called upon thy name, O Lord, out of the lowest dungeon. 56 Thou heardest my voice: close not thine ears to my supplication. 57 Thou drewest nigh to my help: in the day wherein I called upon thee thou saidst to me, Fear not. 58 RECHS. O Lord, thou has pleaded the causes of my soul; thou has redeemed my life. 59 Thou hast seen, O Lord, my troubles: thou hast judged my cause. 60 Thou hast seen all their vengeance, [thou hast looked] on all their devices against me. 61 CHSEN. Thou hast heard their reproach [and] all their devices against me; 62 the lips of them that rose up against me, and their plots against me all the day; 63 their sitting down and their rising up: look thou upon their eyes. 64 Thou wilt render them a recompense, O Lord, according to the works of their hands. 65 THAU. Thou wilt give them [as] a covering, the grief of my heart. 66 Thou wilt persecute them in anger, and wilt consume them from under the heaven, O Lord. ΕΓΩ ἀνὴρ ὁ βλέπων πτωχείαν ἐν ῥάβδῳ θυμοῦ αὐτοῦ ἐπ’ ἐμέ· 2 παρέλαβέ με καὶ ἀπήγαγέ με εἰς σκότος καὶ οὐ φῶς, 3 πλὴν ἐν ἐμοὶ ἐπέστρεψε χεῖρα αὐτοῦ ὅλην τὴν ἡμέραν. 4 ᾿Επαλαίωσε σάρκα μου καὶ δέρμα μου, ὀστέα μου συνέτριψεν· 5 ἀῳκοδόμησε κατ’ ἐμοῦ καὶ ἐκύκλωσε κεφαλήν μου καὶ ἐμόχθησεν, 6 ἐν σκοτεινοῖς ἐκάθισέ με ὡς νεκροὺς αἰῶνος. 7 ᾿Ανῳκοδόμησε κατ’ ἐμοῦ, καὶ οὐκ ἐξελεύσομαι, ἐβάρυνε χαλκόν μου· 8 καί γε κεκράξομαι καὶ βοήσω, ἀπέφραξε προσευχήν μου· 8 καί γε κεκράξομαι καὶ βοήσω, ἀπέφραξε προσευχήν μου· 9 ἀνῳκοδόμησεν ὁδούς μου, ἐνέφραξε τρίβους μου, ἐτάραξεν. 10 ῎Αρκος ἐνεδρεύουσα αὐτός μοι, λέων ἐν κρυφαίοις· 11 κατεδίωξεν ἀφεστηκότα καὶ κατέπαυσέ με, ἔθετό με ἠφανισμένην. 12 ἐνέτεινε τόξον αὐτοῦ καὶ ἐστήλωσέ με ὡς σκοπὸν εἰς βέλος. 13 Εἰσήγαγεν ἐν τοῖς νεφροῖς μου ἰοὺς φαρέτρας αὐτοῦ· 14 ἐγενήθην γέλως παντὶ λαῷ μου, ψαλμὸς αὐτῶν ὅλην τὴν ἡμέραν· 15 ἐχόρτασέ με πικρίας, ἐμέθυσέ με χολῆς. 16 Καὶ ἐξέβαλε ψήφῳ ὀδόντας μου, ἐψώμισέ με σποδόν· 17 καὶ ἀπώσατο ἐξ εἰρήνης ψυχήν μου, 18 ἐπελαθόμην ἀγαθά, καὶ εἶπα· ἀπώλετο νῖκός μου καὶ ἡ ἐλπίς μου ἀπὸ Κυρίου. 19 ᾿Εμνήσθην ἀπὸ πτωχείας μου καὶ ἐκδιωγμοῦ μου πικρίας καὶ χολῆς μου. 206 μνησθήσεται καὶ καταδολεσχήσει ἐπ’ ἐμὲ ἡ ψυχή μου· 21 ταύτην τάξω εἰς τὴν καρδίαν μου, διὰ τοῦτο ὑπομενῶ. 22 Τὰ ἐλέη Κυρίου, ὅτι οὐκ ἐξέλιπέμε, ὅτι οὐσυνετελέσθησαν οἱ οἰκτιρμοὶ αὐτοῦ· μῆνας εἰς τὰς πρωΐας ἐλέησον, Κύριε, ὅτι οὐ συνετελέσθημεν, ὅτι οὐ συνετελέσθησαν οἱ οἰκτιρμοὶ αὐτοῦ. 23 καινὰ εἰς τὰς πρωΐας, πολλὴ ἡ πίστις σου. 24 μερίς μου Κύριος, εἶπεν ἡ ψυχή μου· διὰ τοῦτο ὑπομενῶ αὐτῷ. 25 ᾿Αγαθὸς Κύριος τοῖς ὑπομένουσιν αὐτόν, ψυχὴ ἣ ζητήσει αὐτὸν ἀγαθὸν 26 καὶ ὑπομενεῖ καὶ ἡσυχάσει εἰς τὸ σωτήριον Κυρίου. 27 ἀγαθὸν ἀνδρί, ὅταν ἄρῃ ζυγὸν ἐν νεότητι αὐτοῦ. 28 Καθήσεται κατὰ μόνας καὶ σιωπήσεται, ὅτι ᾖρεν ἐφ’ ἑαυτῷ· 30 δώσει τῷ παίοντι αὐτὸν σιαγόνα, χορτασθήσεται ὀνειδισμῶν. 31 ῞Οτι οὐκ εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα ἀπώσεται Κύριος. 32 ὅτι ὁ ταπεινώσας οἰκτειρήσει κατὰ τὸ πλῆθος τοῦ ἐλέους αὐτοῦ· 33 ὅτι οὐκ ἀπεκρίθη ἀπὸ καρδίας αὐτοῦ καὶ ἐταπείνωσεν υἱοὺς ἀνδρός. 34 Τοῦ ταπεινῶσαι ὑπὸ τοὺς πόδας αὐτοῦ πάντας δεσμίους γῆς, 35 τοῦ ἐκκλῖναι κρίσιν ἀνδρὸς κατέναντι προσώπου ῾Υψίστου, 36 καταδικάσαι ἄνθρωπον ἐν τῷ κρίνεσθαι αὐτὸν Κύριος οὐκ εἶπε. 37 Τίς οὕτως εἶπε, καὶ ἐγενήθη; Κύριος οὐκ ἐνετείλατο. 38 ἐκ στόματος ῾Υψίστου οὐκ ἐξελεύσεται τὰ κακὰ καὶ τὸ ἀγαθόν; 39 τί γογγύσει ἄνθρωπος ζῶν, ἀνὴρ περὶ τῆς ἁμαρτίας αὐτοῦ; 40 ᾿Εξηρευνήθη ἡ ὁδὸς ἡμῶν καὶ ἠτάσθη, κὶ ἐπιστρέψομεν ἕως Κυρίου· 41 ἀναλάβωμεν καρδίας ἡμῶν ἐπὶ χειρῶν πρὸς ὑψηλὸν ἐν οὐρανῷ· 42 ἡμαρτήσαμεν, ἠσεβήσαμεν, καὶ οὐχ ἱλάσθης. 43 ᾿Επεσκέπασας ἐν θυμῷ καὶ ἀπεδίωξας ἡμᾶς· ἀπέκτεινας, οὐκ ἐφείσω. 44 ᾿Επεσκέπασας νεφέλην σεαυτῷ ἕνεκεν προσευχῆς, 45 καμμύσαι με καὶ ἀπωσθῆναι ἔθηκας ἡμᾶς ἐν μέσῳ τῶν λαῶν. 46 Διήνοιξαν ἐφ’ ἡμᾶς τὸ στόμα αὐτῶν πάντες οἱ ἐχθροὶ ἡμῶν· 47 φόβος καὶ θυμὸς ἐγενήθη ἡμῖν, ἔπαρσις καὶ συντριβή. 48 ἀφέσεις ὑδάτων κατάξει ὁ ὀφθαλμός μου ἐπὶ τὸ σύντριμμα τῆς θυγατρὸς τοῦ λαοῦ μου. 49 ῾Ο ὀφθαλμός μου κατεπόθη, καὶ οὐ σιγήσομαι τοῦ μὴ εἶναι ἔκνηψιν, 50 ἕως οὗ διακύψῃ καὶ ἴδῃ Κύριος ἐξ οὐρανοῦ· 51 ὁ ὀφθαλμός μου ἐπιφυλλιεῖ ἐπὶ τὴν ψυχήν μου παρὰ πάσας θυγατέρας πόλεως. 52 Θηρεύοντες ἐθήρευσάν με ὡς στρουθίον πάντες οἱ ἐχθροί μου δωρεάν, 53 ἐθανάτωσαν ἐν λάκκῳ ζωήν μου καὶ ἐπέθηκαν λίθον ἐπ’ ἐμοί. 54 ὑπερεχύθη ὕδωρ ἐπὶ τὴν κεφαλήν μου· εἶπα· ἀπῶσμαι. 55 ᾿Επεκαλεσάμην τὸ ὄνομά σου, Κύριε, ἐκ λάκκου κατωτάτου· 56 φωνήν μου ἤκουσας· μὴ κρύψῃς τὰ ὦτά σου εἰς τὴν δέησίν μου. 57 εἰς τὴν βοήθειάν μου ἤγγισας ἐν ἡμέρᾳ, ᾗ ἐπεκαλεσάμην σε· εἶπάς μοι· μὴ φοβοῦ. 58 ᾿Εδίκασας, Κύριε, τὰς δίκας τῆς ψυχῆς μου, ἐλυτρώσω τὴν ζωήν μου· 59 εἶδες, Κύριε, τὰς ταραχάς μου, ἔκρινας τὴν κρίσιν μου· 60 εἶδες πᾶσαν τὴν ἐκδίκησιν αὐτῶν εἰς πάντας διαλογισμοὺς αὐτῶν ἐν ἐμοί. 61 ῎Ηκουσας τὸν ὀνειδισμὸν αὐτῶν, πάντας τοὺς διαλογισμοὺς αὐτῶν κατ’ ἐμοῦ, 62 χείλη ἐπανισταμένων μοι καὶ μελέτας αὐτῶν κατ’ ἐμοῦ ὅλην τὴν ἡμέραν, 63 καθέδραν αὐτῶν καὶ ἀνάστασιν αὐτῶν· ἐπίβλεψον ἐπὶ τοὺς ὀφθαλμοὺς αὐτῶν. 64 ᾿Αποδώσεις αὐτοῖς ἀνταπόδομα, Κύριε, κατὰ τὰ ἔργα τῶν χειρῶν αὐτῶν. 65 ἀποδώσεις αὐτοῖς ὑπερασπισμὸν καρδίας, μόχθον σου αὐτοῖας, 66 καταδιώξεις ἐν ὀργῇ καὶ ἐξαναλώσεις αὐτοὺς ὑποκάτωθεν τοῦ οὐρανοῦ, Κύριε.

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