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November 4


Lamentations 3:1-66
1. I am a man who knows affliction from the rod of his anger,
2. One whom he has led and forced to walk in darkness, not in the light;
3. Against me alone he brings back his hand again and again all the day.
4. He has worn away my flesh and my skin, he has broken my bones;
5. He has beset me round about with poverty and weariness;
6. He has left me to dwell in the dark like those long dead.
7. He has hemmed me in with no escape and weighed me down with chains;
8. Even when I cry out for help, he stops my prayer;
9. He has blocked my ways with fitted stones, and turned my paths aside.
10. A lurking bear he has been to me, a lion in ambush!
11. He deranged my ways, set me astray, left me desolate.
12. He bent his bow, and set me up as the target for his arrow.
13. He pierces my sides with shafts from his quiver.
14. I have become a laughingstock for all nations, their taunt all the day long;
15. He has sated me with bitter food, made me drink my fill of wormwood.
16. He has broken my teeth with gravel, pressed my face in the dust;
17. My soul is deprived of peace, I have forgotten what happiness is;
18. I tell myself my future is lost, all that I hoped for from the LORD.
19. The thought of my homeless poverty is wormwood and gall;
20. Remembering it over and over leaves my soul downcast within me.
21. But I will call this to mind, as my reason to have hope:
22. The favors of the LORD are not exhausted, his mercies are not spent;
23. They are renewed each morning, so great is his faithfulness.
24. My portion is the LORD, says my soul; therefore will I hope in him.
25. Good is the LORD to one who waits for him, to the soul that seeks him;
26. It is good to hope in silence for the saving help of the LORD.
27. It is good for a man to bear the yoke from his youth.
28. Let him sit alone and in silence, when it is laid upon him.
29. Let him put his mouth to the dust; there may yet be hope.
30. Let him offer his cheek to be struck, let him be filled with disgrace.
31. For the Lord's rejection does not last forever;
32. Though he punishes, he takes pity, in the abundance of his mercies;
33. He has no joy in afflicting or grieving the sons of men.
34. When anyone tramples underfoot all the prisoners in the land,
35. When he distorts men's rights in the very sight of the Most High,
36. When he presses a crooked claim, the Lord does not look on unconcerned.
37. Who commands so that it comes to pass, except the Lord ordains it;
38. Except it proceeds from the mouth of the Most High, whether the thing be good or bad!
39. Why should any living man complain, any mortal, in the face of his sins?
40. Let us search and examine our ways that we may return to the LORD!
41. Let us reach out our hearts toward God in heaven!
42. We have sinned and rebelled; you have not forgiven us.
43. You veiled yourself in wrath and pursued us, you slew us and took no pity;
44. You wrapped yourself in a cloud which prayer could not pierce.
45. You have made us offscourings and refuse among the nations.
46. All our enemies have opened their mouths against us;
47. Terror and the pit have been our lot, desolation and destruction;
48. My eyes run with streams of water over the downfall of the daughter of my people.
49. My eyes flow without ceasing, there is no respite,
50. Till the LORD from heaven looks down and sees.
51. My eyes torment my soul at the sight of all the daughters of my city.
52. Those who were my enemies without cause hunted me down like a bird;
53. They struck me down alive in the pit, and sealed me in with a stone.
54. The waters flowed over my head, and I said, "I am lost!"
55. I called upon your name, O LORD, from the bottom of the pit;
56. You heard me call, "Let not your ear be deaf to my cry for help!"
57. You came to my aid when I called to you; you said, "Have no fear!"
58. You defended me in mortal danger, you redeemed my life.
59. You see, O LORD, how I am wronged; do me justice!
60. You see all their vindictiveness, all their plots against me.
61. You hear their insults, O LORD, (all their plots against me),
62. The whispered murmurings of my foes, against me all the day;
63. Whether they sit or stand, see, I am their taunt song.
64. Requite them as they deserve, O LORD, according to their deeds;
65. Give them hardness of heart, as your curse upon them;
66. Pursue them in wrath and destroy them from under your heavens!

Lamentations 4:1-22
1. How tarnished is the gold, how changed the noble metal; How the sacred stones lie strewn at every street corner!
2. Zion's precious sons, fine gold their counterpart, Now worth no more than earthen jars made by the hands of a potter!
3. Even the jackals bare their breasts and suckle their young; The daughter of my people has become as cruel as the ostrich in the desert.
4. The tongue of the suckling cleaves to the roof of its mouth in thirst; The babes cry for food, but there is no one to give it to them.
5. Those accustomed to dainty food perish in the streets; Those brought up in purple now cling to the ash heaps.
6. The punishment of the daughter of my people is greater than the penalty of Sodom, Which was overthrown in an instant without the turning of a hand.
7. Brighter than snow were her princes, whiter than milk, More ruddy than coral, more precious than sapphire.
8. Now their appearance is blacker than soot, they are unrecognized on the streets; Their skin shrinks on their bones, as dry as wood.
9. Better for those who perish by the sword than for those who die of hunger, Who waste away, as though pierced through, lacking the fruits of the field!
10. The hands of compassionate women boiled their own children, To serve them as mourners' food in the downfall of the daughter of my people.
11. The LORD has spent his anger, poured out his blazing wrath; He has kindled a fire in Zion that has consumed her foundations.
12. The kings of the earth did not believe, nor any of the world's inhabitants, That enemy or foe could enter the gates of Jerusalem.
13. Because of the sins of her prophets and the crimes of her priests, Who shed in her midst the blood of the just!--
14. They staggered blindly in the streets, soiled with blood, So that people could not touch even their garments:
15. "Away you unclean!" they cried to them, "Away, away, do not draw near!" If they left and wandered among the nations, nowhere could they remain.
16. The LORD himself has dispersed them, he regards them no more; He does not receive the priests with favor, nor show kindness to the elders.
17. Our eyes ever wasted away, looking in vain for aid; From our watchtower we watched for a nation that could not save us.
18. Men dogged our steps so that we could not walk in our streets; Our end drew near, and came; our time had expired.
19. Our pursuers were swifter than eagles in the air, They harassed us on the mountains and waylaid us in the desert.
20. The anointed one of the LORD, our breath of life, was caught in their snares, He in whose shadow we thought we could live on among the nations.
21. Though you rejoice and are glad, O daughter Edom, you who dwell in the land of Uz, To you also shall the cup be passed; you shall become drunk and naked.
22. Your chastisement is completed, O daughter Zion, he will not prolong your exile; But your wickedness, O daughter Edom, he will punish, he will lay bare your sins.

Lamentations 5:1-22
1. Remember, O LORD, what has befallen us, look, and see our disgrace:
2. Our inherited lands have been turned over to strangers, our homes to foreigners.
3. We have become orphans, fatherless; widowed are our mothers.
4. The water we drink we must buy, for our own wood we must pay.
5. On our necks is the yoke of those who drive us; we are worn out, but allowed no rest.
6. To Egypt we submitted, and to Assyria, to fill our need of bread.
7. Our fathers, who sinned, are no more; but we bear their guilt.
8. Slaves rule over us; there is no one to rescue us from their hands.
9. At the peril of our lives we bring in our sustenance, in the face of the desert heat;
10. Our skin is shriveled up, as though by a furnace, with the searing blasts of famine.
11. The wives in Zion were ravished by the enemy, the maidens in the cities of Judah;
12. Princes were gibbeted by them, elders shown no respect.
13. The youths carry the millstones, boys stagger under their loads of wood;
14. The old men have abandoned the gate, the young men their music.
15. The joy of our hearts has ceased, our dance has turned into mourning;
16. The garlands have fallen from our heads: woe to us, for we have sinned!
17. Over this our hearts are sick, at this our eyes grow dim:
18. That Mount Zion should be desolate, with jackals roaming there!
19. You, O LORD, are enthroned forever; your throne stands from age to age.
20. Why, then, should you forget us, abandon us so long a time?
21. Lead us back to you, O LORD, that we may be restored: give us anew such days as we had of old.
22. For now you have indeed rejected us, and in full measure turned your wrath against us.

Psalms 119:145-152
145. I call with all my heart, O LORD; answer me that I may observe your laws.
146. I call to you to save me that I may keep your decrees.
147. I rise before dawn and cry out; I put my hope in your words.
148. My eyes greet the night watches as I meditate on your promise.
149. Hear my voice in your love, O LORD; by your edict give me life.
150. Malicious persecutors draw near me; they are far from your teaching.
151. You are near, O LORD; reliable are all your commands.
152. Long have I known from your decrees that you have established them forever.

Proverbs 28:11-11
11. The rich man is wise in his own eyes, but a poor man who is intelligent sees through him.

Philemon 1:1-25
1. Paul, a prisoner for Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother, to Philemon, our beloved and our co-worker,
2. to Apphia our sister, to Archippus our fellow soldier, and to the church at your house.
3. Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
4. I give thanks to my God always, remembering you in my prayers,
5. as I hear of the love and the faith you have in the Lord Jesus and for all the holy ones,
6. so that your partnership in the faith may become effective in recognizing every good there is in us that leads to Christ.
7. For I have experienced much joy and encouragement from your love, because the hearts of the holy ones have been refreshed by you, brother.
8. Therefore, although I have the full right in Christ to order you to do what is proper,
9. I rather urge you out of love, being as I am, Paul, an old man, and now also a prisoner for Christ Jesus.
10. I urge you on behalf of my child Onesimus, whose father I have become in my imprisonment,
11. who was once useless to you but is now useful to (both) you and me.
12. I am sending him, that is, my own heart, back to you.
13. I should have liked to retain him for myself, so that he might serve me on your behalf in my imprisonment for the gospel,
14. but I did not want to do anything without your consent, so that the good you do might not be forced but voluntary.
15. Perhaps this is why he was away from you for a while, that you might have him back forever,
16. no longer as a slave but more than a slave, a brother, beloved especially to me, but even more so to you, as a man and in the Lord.
17. So if you regard me as a partner, welcome him as you would me.
18. And if he has done you any injustice or owes you anything, charge it to me.
19. I, Paul, write this in my own hand: I will pay. May I not tell you that you owe me your very self.
20. Yes, brother, may I profit from you in the Lord. Refresh my heart in Christ.
21. With trust in your compliance I write to you, knowing that you will do even more than I say.
22. At the same time prepare a guest room for me, for I hope to be granted to you through your prayers.
23. Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, greets you,
24. as well as Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, and Luke, my co-workers.
25. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.