(Tsade) They have cut off my life in the dungeon. Jerusalem was the tabret they played upon. Had we been dealt with according to our sins, we should have been consumed long ago but we have been dealt with according to God's mercies, and we are bound to acknowledge it to his praise. When they were in the low dungeon, as free among the dead, they called upon God's name (Lamentations 3:55) their weeping did not hinder praying. He does indeed afflict, and grieve the children of men all their grievances and afflictions are from him. 30 He giveth his cheek to him that smiteth him: he is filled full with reproach. We are sinful men, and that which we complain of is the just punishment of our sins nay, it is far less than our iniquities have deserved. YHWH is on his side. 4. Two ways the people of God are injured and oppressed by their enemies, and the prophet here assures us that God does not approve of either of them:-- 1. We are afflicted by the rod of his wrath, but it is of the lord's mercies that we are not consumed, Lamentations 3:22. We have been with him, and it has never been well with us since we forsook him let us therefore now turn again to him." (Kaph) For he will not be cast off for ever. Their enemies were ‘opening their mouths against them’, scornfully pointing to what had happened to them, and sneering at them. The contempt and calumny wherewith they loaded him, all that they spoke slightly of him, and all that they spoke reproachfully: "Thou hast heard their reproach (Lamentations 3:61), all the bad characters they give me, laying to my charge things that I know not, all the methods they use to make me odious and contemptible, even the lips of those that rose up against me (Lamentations 3:62), the contumelious language they use whenever they speak of me, and that at their sitting down and rising up, when they lie down at night and get up in the morning, when they sit down to their meat and with their company, and when they rise from both, still I am their music they make themselves and one another merry with my miseries, as the Philistines made sport with Samson." "Peter Pett's Commentary on the Bible ". 31 For the Lord will not cast off for ever: 32 But though he cause grief, yet will he have compassion according to the multitude of his mercies. Used by Permission. He had heard their prayers though they had been ready to fear that the cloud of wrath was such as their prayers could not pass through (Lamentations 3:44), yet upon second thoughts, or at least upon further trial, they find it otherwise, and that God had not said unto them, Seek you me in vain. 5. We must be far from thinking that, though God cause grief, the world will relieve and help us. That woe and well-being ... 2. But even then it is a good possibility that at some stage Jeremiah had to flee from being stoned. Note, We should consider, to our terror and caution, that God knows all the revengeful thoughts we have in our minds against others, and therefore we should not allow of those thoughts nor harbour them, and that he knows all the revengeful thoughts others have causelessly in their minds against us, and therefore we should not be afraid of them, but leave it to him to protect us from them. That God is angry. Those that blame their lot reproach him that allotted it to them. He delights not in the death of sinners, or the disquiet of saints, but punishes with a kind of reluctance. Finding the new version too difficult to understand? "Commentary on Lamentations 3:4". (Shin) You have heard their reproach, O YHWH. (Kaph) For he does not afflict willingly. 37 Who is he that saith, and it cometh to pass, when the Lord commandeth it not? "His hand," which once used to protect me. 3. Our own wickedness corrects us, Proverbs 19:3. Copyright © 2020, Bible Study Tools. Let us observe the particulars of it. We are men let us herein show ourselves men. In Lamentations 3:17 it is a question whether תּזנח is second or third pers. 1 Corinthians 4:13, We are made as the filth of the world and are the off-scouring of all things. Though we be but weak in prayer, cannot cry aloud, but only breathe in groanings that cannot be uttered, yet we shall not be neglected if we be sincere. Waters of affliction flowed over my head. 1. They look upon the Jewish nation as dead and buried, and imagine that there is not possibility of its resurrection. Those whom thou cursest are cursed indeed. (1.) God's having heard our voice when we cried to him, even out of the low dungeon, is an encouragement for us to hope that he will not at any time hide his ear. That his neighbours make a laughing matter of his troubles (Lamentations 3:14): I was a derision to all my people, to all the wicked among them, who made themselves an one another merry with the public judgments, and particularly the prophet Jeremiah's griefs. If men injure them by force of arms, God does not approve of that. If we call this to mind, we may have hope that all will end well at last. We must set ourselves to answer God's intention in afflicting us, which is to bring sin to our remembrance, and to bring us home to himself, Lamentations 3:40. "While I have an interest in God, therein I have enough I have that which is sufficient to counterbalance all my troubles and make up all my losses." And such a man can have the above attitudes because he knows that he will not be cast off for ever by the Lord (see Psalms 77:7). 2. All should be allowed full access to Him, and be given justice when their cases are tried before Him. (Shin) Behold you their sitting down, and their rising up. (Ayin) My eye pours down, and ceases not. 6 He hath set me in dark places, as they that be dead of old. That great is his faithfulness. My … 25 The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him. 3. 1. 16 He hath also broken my teeth with gravel stones, he hath covered me with ashes. We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. This St. Paul refers to in his account of the sufferings of the apostles. He does not dispense his frowns as he does his favours, ex mero motu--from his mere good pleasure. From the doctrine of God's sovereign and universal providence, which he had asserted in the Lamentations 3:21-36, he draws this inference, Wherefore does a living man complain? For YHWH is the One Who has pleaded, as it were before a court, the causes of his inner life, and has redeemed his life (from threatened destruction - Psalms 103:4). Let the curse be executed, Lamentations 3:66. We should see that it is His purpose. That those who deal with God will find it is not in vain to trust in him for, 1. He comforts himself with an appeal to God's justice, and (in order to the sentence of that) to his omniscience. We must lift up our hearts with our hands, as we must pour out our souls with our words. And it was by ‘They who are my enemies without cause’. His weeping affects him deep inside as he thinks of what has happened to ‘the daughters of my city’. By this rod we must expect to see affliction, and, if we be made to see more than ordinary affliction by that rod, we must not quarrel, for we are sure that the anger is just and affliction mild and mixed with mercy. Or, "Thou hast covered us up as men that are buried are covered up and forgotten."
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