Lamentations 3:25-57 (Good News Translation)
25 The LORD is good to everyone who trusts in him, 26 So it is best for us to wait in patience to wait for him to save us 27 And it is best to learn this patience in our youth. 28 When we suffer, we should sit alone in silent patience; 29 We should bow in submission, for there may still be hope. 30 Though beaten and insulted, we should accept it all. 31 The Lord is merciful and will not reject us forever. 32 He may bring us sorrow, but his love for us is sure and strong. 33 He takes no pleasure in causing us grief or pain. 34 The Lord knows when our spirits are crushed in prison; 35 He knows when we are denied the rights he gave us; 36 When justice is perverted in court, he knows. 37 The will of the Lord alone is always carried out. 38 Good and evil alike take place at his command. 39 Why should we ever complain when we are punished for our sin? 40 Let us examine our ways and turn back to the LORD. 41 Let us open our hearts to God in heaven and pray, 42 “We have sinned and rebelled, and you, O LORD, have not forgiven us. 43 You pursued us and killed us; your mercy was hidden by your anger, 44 By a cloud of fury too thick for our prayers to get through. 45 You have made us the garbage dump of the world. 46 We are insulted and mocked by all our enemies. 47 We have been through disaster and ruin; we live in danger and fear. 48 My eyes flow with rivers of tears at the destruction of my people. 49 My tears will pour out in a ceaseless stream 50 Until the LORD looks down from heaven and sees us. 51 My heart is grieved when I see what has happened to the women of the city. 52 I was trapped like a bird by enemies who had no cause to hate me. 53 They threw me alive into a pit and closed the opening with a stone. 54 Water began to close over me, and I thought death was near. 55 From the bottom of the pit, O LORD, I cried out to you, 56 And when I begged you to listen to my cry, you heard. 57 You answered me and told me not to be afraid.