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Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

Lamentations 3:61

 

 

You have heard their reproach, O LORD, All their schemes against me.

Coffman's Commentaries on the Bible

"Thou hast heard their reproach, O Jehovah,

and all their devices against me,

The lips of those that rose up against me,

and their device against me all the day.

Behold thou their sitting down and their rising up;

I am their song.

Thou wilt render unto them a recompense, O Jehovah,

according to the work of their hands.

Thou wilt give them hardness of heart,

thy curse unto them.

Thou wilt pursue them in anger,

and wilt destroy them from under the heavens of Jehovah."

"I am their song" (Lamentations 3:63). This line forces the conclusion that the enemies of these last verses were Jeremiah's own people, the Jews themselves, and not the Babylonians. The Babylonian conquerors were friendly to Jeremiah (See Vol. II of my commentary on the major prophets, Jeremiah, pp 437-440). The people who were singing taunt songs against the prophet were his own people.

A final word about the imprecations of these last verses. Yes, Jeremiah prayed for God's judgment against his enemies; and we reject the snide and self-righteous remarks that some writers have written against such imprecations. It never seems to enter the minds of current scholars that when Christians pray as their Saviour taught them, "Thy will be done"! that those words have exactly the same meaning as the imprecations of the prophet Jeremiah. When God's will is truly done, the wicked will indeed be punished. The notion that, "We sophisticated religious people of the 20th century have outgrown all the silly expectations that God is ever really going to punish anybody"! - that notion is a contradiction of everything in the Bible.


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Coffman, James Burton. "Commentary on Lamentations 3:61". "Coffman Commentaries on the Old and New Testament". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/bcc/lamentations-3.html. Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. 1983-1999.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

Thou hast heard their reproach, O Lord,.... Their reproachful words uttered against the prophet and his people, against God himself; their spiteful language, their taunts, and scoffs and jeers:

and all their imaginations against me; those he not only saw, as they appeared in their actions; but heard them, as they were expressed by their words; yea, they were manifest to him, while they only were in silent thought forming in the mind.


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Bibliography
Gill, John. "Commentary on Lamentations 3:61". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/lamentations-3.html. 1999.

Calvin's Commentary on the Bible

We see that this is a repetition, but for vengeances he now mentions reproaches And in this way he sought again to turn God to mercy; for when he brings no aid, he seems to close his eyes and to render his ears deaf; but when he attends to our evils, he then soon brings help. The Prophet, then, having said that God saw, now refers to hearing: he had heard their reproaches. Adopting a language not strictly proper, he adds, that he had heard their thoughts; though he speaks not only of their secret counsels, but also of all the wicked conspiracies by which his enemies had contrived to ruin him. (203) He adds, —


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Calvin, John. "Commentary on Lamentations 3:61". "Calvin's Commentary on the Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/cal/lamentations-3.html. 1840-57.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Lamentations 3:61 Thou hast heard their reproach, O LORD, [and] all their imaginations against me;

Ver. 61. Thou hast heard their reproach.] Their spiteful speeches and taunting terms have come into thine ears.

And all their imaginations.] Heb., Their contrivements. As the eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayers, [Psalms 34:15] so he both seeth the ill carriage and heareth the ill language of graceless persons against the godly.


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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Lamentations 3:61". John Trapp Complete Commentary. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/lamentations-3.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

Whatever knowledge men get of things done from their eye or ear, thou hast from thy omnisciency; thou knowest not only their malicious actions, but words and thoughts.


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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Lamentations 3:61". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/lamentations-3.html. 1685.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(61) Thou hast heard.—The verb governs the “lips” of the next verse as well as the “reproaches” of this. In the last clause we note the emphasis of iteration, the natural dwelling on what was prominent in the prophet’s thoughts.


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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on Lamentations 3:61". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/lamentations-3.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Thou hast heard their reproach, O LORD, and all their imaginations against me;
30; 5:1; Psalms 74:18; 89:50; Zephaniah 2:8

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Lamentations 3:61". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/lamentations-3.html.

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