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November 4


Lamentations 3:1-66
1. I am a man who has suffered greatly. The Lord has used the Babylonians to punish our people.
2. He has driven me away. He has made me walk in darkness instead of light.
3. He has turned his powerful hand against me. He has done it again and again, all day long.
4. He has worn my body out. He has broken my bones.
5. He has surrounded me and attacked me. He has made me suffer bitterly. He has made things hard for me.
6. He has made me live in darkness like those who are dead and gone.
7. He has built walls around me. I can't escape. He has put heavy chains on me.
8. I call out and cry for help. But he won't listen to me when I pray.
9. He has put up a stone wall to block my way. He has made my paths crooked.
10. He has been like a bear waiting to attack me. He has been like a lion hiding in the bushes.
11. He has dragged me off the path. He has torn me to pieces. And he has left me helpless.
12. He has gotten his bow ready to use. He has shot his arrows at me.
13. The arrows from his bag have gone through my heart.
14. My people laugh at me all the time. They sing and make fun of me all day long.
15. The Lord has made my life bitter. He has made me suffer bitterly.
16. He made me chew stones that broke my teeth. He has walked all over me in the dust.
17. I have lost all hope of ever having any peace. I've forgotten what good times are like.
18. So I say, "My glory has faded away. My hope in the Lord is gone."
19. I remember how I suffered and wandered. I remember how bitter my life was.
20. I remember it very well. My spirit is very sad deep down inside me.
21. But here is something else I remember. And it gives me hope.
22. The Lord loves us very much. So we haven't been completely destroyed. His loving concern never fails.
23. His great love is new every morning. Lord, how faithful you are!
24. I say to myself, "The Lord is everything I will ever need. So I will put my hope in him."
25. The Lord is good to those who put their hope in him. He is good to those who look to him.
26. It is good when people wait quietly for the Lord to save them.
27. It is good for a man to carry a heavy load of suffering while he is young.
28. Let him sit alone and not say anything. The Lord has placed that load on him.
29. Let him bury his face in the dust. There might still be hope for him.
30. Let him turn his cheek toward those who would slap him. Let him be filled with shame.
31. The Lord doesn't turn his back on people forever.
32. He might bring suffering. But he will also show loving concern. How great his faithful love is!
33. He doesn't want to bring pain or suffering to people.
34. Every time people crush prisoners under their feet, the Lord knows all about it.
35. When people refuse to give a man his rights, the Most High God knows it.
36. When people don't treat a man fairly, the Lord knows it.
37. Suppose people order something to happen. It won't happen unless the Lord has planned it.
38. Troubles and good things alike come to people because the Most High God has commanded them to come.
39. A man who is still alive shouldn't blame God when God punishes him for his sins.
40. Let's take a good look at the way we're living. Let's return to the Lord.
41. Let's lift up our hands to God in heaven. Let's pray to him with all our hearts.
42. Let's say, "We have sinned. We've refused to obey you. And you haven't forgiven us.
43. "You have covered yourself with the cloud of your anger. You have chased us. You have killed our people without pity.
44. You have covered yourself with the cloud of your anger. Our prayers can't get through to you.
45. You have made us become like trash and garbage among the nations.
46. "All of our enemies have opened their mouths wide to swallow us up.
47. We are terrified and trapped. We are broken and destroyed."
48. Streams of tears flow from my eyes. That's because my people are destroyed.
49. Tears will never stop flowing from my eyes. My eyes can't get any rest.
50. I'll sob until the Lord looks down from heaven. I'll cry until he notices my tears.
51. What I see brings pain to my spirit. All of the people in my city are suffering so much.
52. Those who were my enemies for no reason at all hunted me down as if I were a bird.
53. They tried to end my life by throwing me into a deep pit. They threw stones down at me.
54. The water rose and covered my head. I thought I was going to die.
55. Lord, I called out to you. I called out from the bottom of the pit.
56. I prayed, "Please don't close your ears to my cry for help." And you heard my appeal.
57. You came near when I called out to you. You said, "Do not be afraid."
58. Lord, you stood up for me in court. You saved my life and set me free.
59. Lord, you have seen the wrong things people have done to me. Stand up for me again!
60. You have seen how my enemies have tried to get even with me. You know all about their plans against me.
61. Lord, you have heard them laugh at me. You know all about their plans against me.
62. You have heard my enemies whispering among themselves. They speak against me all day long.
63. Just look at them sitting and standing there! They sing and make fun of me.
64. Lord, pay them back. Punish them for what their hands have done.
65. Cover their minds with a veil. Put a curse on them!
66. Lord, get angry with them and hunt them down. Wipe them off the face of the earth.

Lamentations 4:1-22
1. Look at how the gold has lost its brightness! See how dull the fine gold has become! The sacred jewels are scattered at every street corner.
2. The priceless children of Zion were worth their weight in gold. But now they are thought of as clay pots made by the hands of a potter.
3. Even wild dogs nurse their young pups. But my people are as mean as ostriches in the desert.
4. When our babies get thirsty, their tongues stick to the roofs of their mouths. When our children beg for bread, no one gives them any.
5. Those who once ate fine food are dying in the streets. Those who wore fancy clothes are now lying on piles of trash.
6. My people have been punished more than Sodom was. It was destroyed in a moment. No one offered it a helping hand.
7. Jerusalem's princes were brighter than snow. They were whiter than milk. Their bodies were redder than rubies. They looked like sapphires.
8. But now they are blacker than coal. No one even recognizes them in the streets. Their skin is wrinkled on their bones. It has become as dry as a stick.
9. Those who have been killed with swords are better off than those who have to die of hunger. Those who are hungry waste away to nothing. They don't have any food from the fields.
10. With their own hands, loving mothers have had to cook even their own children. They ate their children when my people were destroyed.
11. The Lord has become very angry. He has poured out his burning anger. He started a fire in Zion. It burned up the very foundations.
12. The kings of the earth couldn't believe what was happening. Neither could any of the world's people. Enemies actually attacked and entered the gates of Jerusalem.
13. It happened because Jerusalem's prophets had sinned. Its priests had done evil things. All of them spilled the blood of those who did what was right.
14. Now those prophets and priests have to feel their way along the streets like people who are blind. The blood of those they killed has made them "unclean." So no one dares even to touch their clothes.
15. "Go away! You are 'unclean'!" people cry out to them. "Go away! Get out of here! Don't touch us!" So they run away and wander around. Then people among the nations say, "They can't stay here anymore."
16. The Lord himself has scattered them. He doesn't watch over them anymore. No one shows the priests any respect. No one honors the elders.
17. And that's not all. Our eyes grew tired. We looked for help that never came. We watched from our towers. We kept looking for a nation that couldn't save us.
18. People hunted us down no matter where we went. We couldn't even walk in our streets. Our end was near. We only had a few days to live. Our end had come.
19. Those who were hunting us down were faster than eagles in the sky. They chased us over the mountains. They hid and waited for us in the desert.
20. Zedekiah, the Lord's anointed king, was our last hope. But he was caught in their traps. We thought he would keep us safe. We expected to continue living among the nations.
21. People of Edom, be joyful. You who live in the land of Uz, be glad. But the cup of the Lord's anger will also be passed to you. Then you will become drunk. Your clothes will be stripped off.
22. People of Zion, the time for you to be punished will come to an end. The Lord won't keep you away from your land any longer. But he will punish your sin, people of Edom. He will show you the evil things you have done.

Lamentations 5:1-22
1. Lord, think about what has happened to us. Look at the shame our enemies have brought on us.
2. The land you gave us has been turned over to outsiders. Our homes have been given to strangers.
3. Our fathers have been killed. Our mothers don't have husbands.
4. We have to buy the water we drink. We have to pay for the wood we use.
5. Those who chase us are right behind us. We're tired. We can't get any rest.
6. We put ourselves under the control of Egypt and Assyria just to get enough bread.
7. Our people before us sinned. And they are now dead. We are being punished because of their sins.
8. Slaves rule over us. No one can set us free from their powerful hands.
9. We put our lives in danger just to get some bread to eat. Robbers in the desert might kill us with their swords.
10. Our skin is as hot as an oven. We are so hungry we're burning up with fever.
11. Our women have been raped in Zion. Our virgins have been raped in the towns of Judah.
12. Our princes have been hung up by their hands. No one shows our elders any respect.
13. Our young men are forced to grind grain at the mill. Our boys almost fall down as they carry heavy loads of wood.
14. Our elders don't go to the city gate anymore. Our young men have stopped playing their music.
15. There isn't any joy in our hearts. Our dancing has turned into sobbing.
16. All of our honor is gone. How terrible it is for us! We have sinned.
17. So our hearts are weak. Our eyes can't see very clearly.
18. Mount Zion has been deserted. Wild dogs are prowling all around on it.
19. Lord, you rule forever. Your throne will last for all time to come.
20. Why do you always forget us? Why have you deserted us for so long?
21. Lord, please bring us back to you. Then we can return. Make our lives like new again.
22. Or have you completely turned away from us? Are you really that angry with us?

Psalms 119:145-152
145. Lord, I call out to you with all my heart. Answer me, and I will obey your orders.
146. I call out to you. Save me, and I will keep your covenant laws.
147. I get up before the sun rises. I cry out for help. I've put my hope in your word.
148. My eyes stay open all night long. I spend my time thinking about your promises.
149. Listen to me, because you love me. Lord, keep me alive as you have promised.
150. Those who think up evil plans are near. They have wandered far away from your law.
151. But Lord, you are near. All your commands are true.
152. Long ago I learned from your covenant laws that you made them to last forever. Resh

Proverbs 28:11-11
11. Rich people may be wise in their own eyes. But a poor person who understands what is right knows what they are really like.

Philemon 1:1-25
1. I, Paul, am writing this letter. I am a prisoner because of Christ Jesus. Our brother Timothy joins me in writing. Philemon, we are sending you this letter. You are our dear friend. You work together with us.
2. We are also sending it to our sister Apphia and to Archippus. He is a soldier of Christ together with us. And we are sending it to the church that meets in your home.
3. May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.
4. I always thank my God when I remember you in my prayers.
5. That's because I hear about your faith in the Lord Jesus. I hear about your love for all of God's people.
6. I pray that you will be active in sharing what you believe. Then you will completely understand every good thing we have in Christ.
7. Your love has given me great joy. It has cheered me up. My brother, you have renewed the hearts of God's people.
8. Because of the authority Christ has given me, I could be bold. I could order you to do what you should do anyway.
9. But I make my appeal to you on the basis of our love for each other. I, Paul, am an old man. I am now also a prisoner because of Christ Jesus.
10. I make an appeal to you for my son Onesimus. He became a son to me while I was being held by chains.
11. Before that, he was useless to you. But now he has become useful to you and to me.
12. I'm sending Onesimus back to you. My very heart goes with him.
13. I would have liked to keep him with me. Then he could have taken your place in helping me while I'm being held by chains because of the good news.
14. But I didn't want to do anything unless you agreed. Any favor you do must be done because you want to do it, not because you have to.
15. Onesimus was separated from you for a little while. Maybe that was so you could have him back for good.
16. You could have him back not as a slave. Instead, he would be better than a slave. He would be a dear brother. He is very dear to me. But he is even more dear to you, both as a man and as a brother in the Lord.
17. Do you think of me as a believer who works together with you? Then welcome Onesimus as you would welcome me.
18. Has he done anything wrong to you? Does he owe you anything? Then charge it to me.
19. I'll pay it back. I, Paul, am writing this with my own hand. I won't even mention that you owe me your very life.
20. My brother, I wish I could receive some benefit from you because we both belong to the Lord. Renew my heart. We know that Christ is the one who really renews it.
21. I'm sure you will obey. So I'm writing to you. I know you will do even more than I ask.
22. There is one more thing. Have a guest room ready for me. I hope I can return to all of you in answer to your prayers.
23. Epaphras sends you greetings. Together with me, he is a prisoner because of Christ Jesus.
24. Mark, Aristarchus, Demas and Luke work together with me. They also send you greetings.
25. May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.