Lamentations Chapter 3
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Matthew Henry's Lamentations Chapter 3 Bible commentary...
The faithful lament their calamities, and hope in God's mercies.1-20 The prophet relates the more gloomy and discouraging part of his experience, and how he found support and relief. In the time of his trial the Lord had become terrible to him. It was an affliction that was misery itself; for sin makes the cup of affliction a bitter cup. The struggle between unbelief and faith is often very severe. But the weakest believer is wrong, if he thinks that his strength and hope are perished from the Lord.
21-36 Having stated his distress and temptation, the prophet shows how he was raised above it. Bad as things are, it is owing to the mercy of God that they are not worse. We should observe what makes for us, as well as what is against us. God's compassions fail not; of this we have fresh instances every morning. Portions on earth are perishing things, but God is a portion for ever. It is our duty, and will be our comfort and satisfaction, to hope and quietly to wait for the salvation of the Lord. Afflictions do and will work very much for good: many have found it good to bear this yoke in their youth; it has made many humble and serious, and has weaned them from the world, who otherwise would have been proud and unruly. If tribulation work patience, that patience will work experience, and that experience a hope that makes not ashamed. Due thoughts of the evil of sin, and of our own sinfulness, will convince us that it is of the Lord's mercies we are not consumed. If we cannot say with unwavering voice, The Lord is my portion; may we not say, I desire to have Him for my portion and salvation, and in his word do I hope? Happy shall we be, if we learn to receive affliction as laid upon us by the hand of God.
37-41 While there is life there is hope; and instead of complaining that things are bad, we should encourage ourselves with the hope they will be better. We are sinful men, and what we complain of, is far less than our sins deserve. We should complain to God, and not of him. We are apt, in times of calamity, to reflect on other people's ways, and blame them; but our duty is to search and try our own ways, that we may turn from evil to God. Our hearts must go with our prayers. If inward impressions do not answer to outward expressions, we mock God, and deceive ourselves.
42-54 The more the prophet looked on the desolations, the more he was grieved. Here is one word of comfort. While they continued weeping, they continued waiting; and neither did nor would expect relief and succour from any but the Lord.
55-66 Faith comes off conqueror, for in these verses the prophet concludes with some comfort. Prayer is the breath of the new man, drawing in the air of mercy in petitions, and returning it in praises; it proves and maintains the spiritual life. He silenced their fears, and quieted their spirits. Thou saidst, Fear not. This was the language of God's grace, by the witness of his Spirit with their spirits. And what are all our sorrows, compared with those of the Redeemer? He will deliver his people from every trouble, and revive his church from every persecution. He will save believers with everlasting salvation, while his enemies perish with everlasting destruction.
Caspar's Lamentations Chapter 3 comment on 5/17/2013, 11:14am...
v.25 He who ic conscious that he deserves nothing, and that he needs much,will feel as if GOD were not exacting nothing unreasonable in making him wait.
So Mr. J.M. 'Cosh
Evalena Jacobs-Latham's Lamentations Chapter 3 comment about verse 22 on 5/09/2013, 9:09am...
I thank God for His mercies and compassions in our time even as they were in days gone. This assures us of our security in Him; even in this day of terrorism and destruction. Almighty God is still in charge of this world. We do not understand it all, but if was not for His grace all of us would have been destroyed by evil men.
Florence's Lamentations Chapter 3 comment about verse 37 on 10/03/2012, 5:22am...
This tells us that whatever will be done or said against you by a man or spiritual forces will never have effect if the Lord has not approved it. We ought to know what God has said about us, we need to focus and meditate that rather than giving attention to what any other person or force will say about it. And the reason is that it is only God who has the final say in our lives in as much as we are connected to him. God bless you for hooking into his word.
Dedarah's Lamentations Chapter 3 comment about verse 22 on 9/17/2012, 6:13am...
I think it wonders to know that GOD loves us so much that he renews his mercy and grace, as sinners saved by his son Jesus, we have been redeemed. Thank you Lord GOD
Simba's Lamentations Chapter 3 comment on 3/09/2012, 4:30pm...
when i read lamentations 3 verse 51-55 it shows me that God always hear our prayers and he walks on our paths before us,may God bless his word,,,happy sabbath
Kay's Lamentations Chapter 3 comment on 1/19/2012, 9:46am...
I think this is a powerful chapter which speaks in general about mans distresses but specifically and more importantly about the amazing compassion of God.It erupts such hope in my heart that i start to overlook my own distresses and start to soar in God's assurance.I am bless and i love the Lord.
GAIL's Lamentations Chapter 3 comment on 12/22/2011, 9:43pm...
WHEN I READ CHAPTER 3;25 I THINK OF ALL THE CHILDEREN IN THE WORLD WHO ARE NOT BEING TAUGHT ABOUT WAITING AND BEING PATIENT.kIDS ARE GROWING UP NOT KNOWING ABOUT GOD WILL IN THEIR LIFE AND WAITING FOR HIM TO ANSWER.IT MAKESPERFRCT SINCE FOR A MAN TO BEAR HIS YOKE IN HIS YOUTH.sO TRUE BACK THEN SO TRUE NOW.I LOVE HOW GOD NEVER CHANGES IT HAS BEEN THIS WAY FOR 2000 YEARS.THANK YOU GOD FOR OPENING MY EYES SO I CAN SEE IAM GOING OT TALK TO MY DAUGHTER RIGHT NOW.
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