Lamentations 3 Notes, Meaning, and Commentary

Lamentations 3


Lamentations 3:1

I am the man that hath seen affliction by the rod of his wrath.

Lamentations 3:2

He hath led me and caused me to walk in darkness, and not in light.

Lamentations 3:3

Surely against me he turneth his hand again and again all the day.

Lamentations 3:4

My flesh and my skin hath he made old; he hath broken my bones.

Lamentations 3:5

He hath builded against me, and compassed me with gall and travail.

Lamentations 3:6

He hath made me to dwell in dark places, as those that have been long dead.

Lamentations 3:7

He hath walled me about, that I cannot go forth; he hath made my chain heavy.

Lamentations 3:8

Yea, when I cry, and call for help, he shutteth out my prayer.

Lamentations 3:9

He hath walled up my ways with hewn stone; he hath made my paths crooked.

Lamentations 3:10

He is unto me as a bear lying in wait, as a lion in secret places.

Lamentations 3:11

He hath turned aside my ways, and pulled me in pieces; he hath made me desolate.

Lamentations 3:12

He hath bent his bow, and set me as a mark for the arrow.

Lamentations 3:13

He hath caused the shafts of his quiver to enter into my reins.

Lamentations 3:14

I am become a derision to all my people, and their song all the day.

Lamentations 3:15

He hath filled me with bitterness, he hath sated me with wormwood.

Lamentations 3:16

He hath also broken my teeth with gravel stones; he hath covered me with ashes.

Lamentations 3:17

And thou hast removed my soul far off from peace; I forgat prosperity.

Lamentations 3:18

And I said, My strength is perished, and mine expectation from Jehovah.

Lamentations 3:19

Remember mine affliction and my misery, the wormwood and the gall.

Lamentations 3:20

My soul hath them still in remembrance, and is bowed down within me.

Lamentations 3:21

This I recall to my mind; therefore have I hope.

Lamentations 3:22

[It is of] Jehovah’s lovingkindnesses that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.

Lamentations 3:23

They are new every morning; great is thy faithfulness.

Lamentations 3:24

Jehovah is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.

Lamentations 3:25

Jehovah is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.

Lamentations 3:26

It is good that a man should hope and quietly wait for the salvation of Jehovah.

Lamentations 3:27

It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth.

Lamentations 3:28

Let him sit alone and keep silence, because he hath laid it upon him.

Lamentations 3:29

Let him put his mouth in the dust, if so be there may be hope.

Lamentations 3:30

Let him give his cheek to him that smiteth him; let him be filled full with reproach.

Lamentations 3:31

For the Lord will not cast off for ever.

Lamentations 3:32

For though he cause grief, yet will he have compassion according to the multitude of his lovingkindnesses.

Lamentations 3:33

For he doth not afflict willingly, nor grieve the children of men.

Lamentations 3:34

To crush under foot all the prisoners of the earth,

Lamentations 3:35

To turn aside the right of a man before the face of the Most High,

Lamentations 3:36

To subvert a man in his cause, the Lord approveth not.

Lamentations 3:37

Who is he that saith, and it cometh to pass, when the Lord commandeth it not?

Lamentations 3:38

Out of the mouth of the Most High cometh there not evil and good?

Lamentations 3:39

Wherefore doth a living man complain, a man for the punishment of his sins?

Lamentations 3:40

Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to Jehovah.

Lamentations 3:41

Let us lift up our heart with our hands unto God in the heavens.

Lamentations 3:42

We have transgressed and have rebelled; thou hast not pardoned.

Lamentations 3:43

Thou hast covered with anger and pursued us; thou hast slain, thou hast not pitied.

Lamentations 3:44

Thou hast covered thyself with a cloud, so that no prayer can pass through.

Lamentations 3:45

Thou hast made us an off-scouring and refuse in the midst of the peoples.

Lamentations 3:46

All our enemies have opened their mouth wide against us.

Lamentations 3:47

Fear and the pit are come upon us, devastation and destruction.

Lamentations 3:48

Mine eye runneth down with streams of water, for the destruction of the daughter of my people.

Lamentations 3:49

Mine eye poureth down, and ceaseth not, without any intermission,

Lamentations 3:50

Till Jehovah look down, and behold from heaven.

Lamentations 3:51

Mine eye affecteth my soul, because of all the daughters of my city.

Lamentations 3:52

They have chased me sore like a bird, they that are mine enemies without cause.

Lamentations 3:53

They have cut off my life in the dungeon, and have cast a stone upon me.

Lamentations 3:54

Waters flowed over my head; I said, I am cut off.

Lamentations 3:55

I called upon thy name, O Jehovah, out of the lowest dungeon.

Lamentations 3:56

Thou heardest my voice; hide not thine ear at my breathing, at my cry.

Lamentations 3:57

Thou drewest near in the day that I called upon thee; thou saidst, Fear not.

Lamentations 3:58

O Lord, thou hast pleaded the causes of my soul; thou hast redeemed my life.

Lamentations 3:59

O Jehovah, thou hast seen my wrong; judge thou my cause.

Lamentations 3:60

Thou hast seen all their vengeance and all their devices against me.

Lamentations 3:61

Thou hast heard their reproach, O Jehovah, and all their devices against me,

Lamentations 3:62

The lips of those that rose up against me, and their device against me all the day.

Lamentations 3:63

Behold thou their sitting down, and their rising up; I am their song.

Lamentations 3:64

Thou wilt render unto them a recompense, O Jehovah, according to the work of their hands.

Lamentations 3:65

Thou wilt give them hardness of heart, thy curse unto them.

Lamentations 3:66

Thou wilt pursue them in anger, and destroy them from under the heavens of Jehovah.

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