39  A Song of Lamentation


All   Great is your faithfulness, O Lord.

1    Is it nothing to you, all you who pass by?  

Look and see if there is any sorrow like my sorrow,

2    Which was brought upon me,  

which the Lord inflicted

on the day of his fierce anger.

3    For these things I weep;

my eyes flow with tears;  

for a comforter is far from me,

one to revive my courage.

4    Remember my affliction and my bitterness,  

the wormwood and the gall!

5    But this I call to mind,  

and therefore I have hope:

6    The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases,  

his mercies never come to an end;

7    They are new every morning;  

great is your faithfulness.

8    ‘The Lord is my portion,’ says my soul,  

‘therefore I will hope in him.’

9    The Lord is good to those who wait for him,  

to the soul that seeks him.

10  It is good that we should wait quietly  

for the salvation of the Lord.

11  For the Lord will not reject for ever;  

though he causes grief, he will have compassion,

12  According to the abundance of his steadfast love;  

for he does not willingly afflict or grieve anyone.

Lamentations 1.12, 16a,b; 3.19,21-26,31-33

All   Glory to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning is now

and shall be for ever. Amen.

All   Great is your faithfulness, O Lord.


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