Lamentations 3:25
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English Standard Version
The LORD is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.

King James Bible
The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.

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

Douay-Rheims Bible
Teth. The Lord is good to them that hope in him, to the soul that seeketh him.

English Revised Version
The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.

Webster's Bible Translation
The LORD is good to them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

Consideration of God's compassion and His omnipotence as displayed at critical junctures in the affairs of men. C. B. Michaelis has correctly perceived, and thus set forth, the transition from the complaint, bordering on despair, to hope, as given in Lamentations 3:19 : luctatur hic contra desperationis adfectum, quo tentatus fuerat, Lamentations 3:18, mix inde per fidem emersurus. In like manner it is said in the Berleburger Bibel, "In Lamentations 3:19 he struggles with despair, to which he had been tempted, and in the following verse soars up once more into the region of faith." By the resumption of עני from Lamentations 3:1, and of לענה and ראשׁ from Lamentations 3:15 and Lamentations 3:5, the contents of the whole preceding lamentation are given in a summary, and by זכר are presented to God in prayer. "Mine affliction" is intensified by the addition of "my persecution" (see on Lamentations 1:7), and the contents of the lamentation thereby more plainly pointed out. This connection of the verse has been misunderstood in many ways. An old interpretation of the words, still maintained by Bttcher and Thenius, makes זכר an infinitive; according to this view, Lamentations 3:19 would require to be conjoined with the preceding, and the inf. without ל would stand for the ground, recordando, "while I think of," - which is grammatically impossible.

(Note: Seb. Mnster long since said: Secundum quosdam est זכר infinit., ut sit sensus: periit spes mea, recordante me afflictionis meae. Calvin also gives the preference to this view, with the remark: Videtur enim hic propheta exprimere, quomodo fere a spe exciderit, ut nihil reperiret amplius fortitudinis in Deo, quia scilicet oppressus erat malis; in support of which he affirms that it is valde absurdum, eos qui experti sunt aliquando Dei misericordiam, sic omnem spem abjicere, ut non statuant amplius sibi esse refugium ad Deum.)

The same remark applies to the assumption that זכר is an infinitive which is resumed in Lamentations 3:20 : "it thinks of my misery...yes, my soul thinks thereon" (Bttcher, Thenius). Gerlach very properly remarks concerning this view that such a construction is unexampled, and, as regards the change in the form of the infinitive (constr. and abs.), would be unintelligible. The objection of Thenius, however, that the imperative meaning usually attached to זכר is against the whole context, and quite inappropriate here, is connected with the erroneous assumption that Lamentations 3:19 and Lamentations 3:20 form a continuation of what precedes, and that the idea of the speaker's being completely overwhelmed by the thought of all that he had suffered and still suffers, forms the proper conclusion of the first part, after which, from Lamentations 3:21 onwards, there follows relief. Gerlach has rightly opposed to these arguments the following considerations: (1) That, after the outburst of despair in Lamentations 3:18, "my strength is gone, and my hope from Jahveh," the words "my soul is bowed down in me" form far too feeble a conclusion; (2) That it is undoubtedly more correct to make the relief begin with a prayer breathed out through sighs (Lamentations 3:19), than with such a reflection as is expressed in Lamentations 3:21. Ewald also is right in taking זכר as an imperative, but is mistaken in the notion that the speaker addresses any one who is ready to hear him; this view is shown to be erroneous by the simple fact that, in what precedes and succeeds, the thoughts of the speaker are directed to God only.

Lamentations 3:25 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


Lamentations 3:26 It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD.

Genesis 49:18 I have waited for your salvation, O LORD.

Psalm 25:8 Good and upright is the LORD: therefore will he teach sinners in the way.

Psalm 27:14 Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.

Psalm 37:7,34 Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not yourself because of him who prospers in his way...

Psalm 39:7 And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope is in you.

Psalm 40:1-5 I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined to me, and heard my cry...

Psalm 61:1,5 Hear my cry, O God; attend to my prayer...

Psalm 130:5,6 I wait for the LORD, my soul does wait, and in his word do I hope...

Isaiah 25:9 And it shall be said in that day, See, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the LORD...

Isaiah 30:18 And therefore will the LORD wait, that he may be gracious to you, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy on you...

Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary...

Isaiah 64:4 For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither has the eye seen, O God, beside you...

Micah 7:7,8 Therefore I will look to the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me...

Zephaniah 3:8 Therefore wait you on me, said the LORD, until the day that I rise up to the prey: for my determination is to gather the nations...

1 Thessalonians 1:10 And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.

James 5:7 Be patient therefore, brothers, to the coming of the Lord. Behold, the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth...


1 Chronicles 28:9 And you, Solomon my son, know you the God of your father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind...

2 Chronicles 15:2 And he went out to meet Asa, and said to him, Hear you me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin; The LORD is with you...

2 Chronicles 19:3 Nevertheless there are good things found in you, in that you have taken away the groves out of the land...

2 Chronicles 30:19 That prepares his heart to seek God, the LORD God of his fathers...

2 Chronicles 31:21 And in every work that he began in the service of the house of God, and in the law, and in the commandments, to seek his God...

Psalm 22:26 The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise the LORD that seek him: your heart shall live for ever.

Psalm 27:8 When you said, Seek you my face; my heart said to you, Your face, LORD, will I seek.

Psalm 69:32 The humble shall see this, and be glad: and your heart shall live that seek God.

Psalm 105:3 Glory you in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD.

Psalm 119:2 Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.

Isaiah 26:9 With my soul have I desired you in the night; yes, with my spirit within me will I seek you early...

Isaiah 55:6 Seek you the LORD while he may be found, call you on him while he is near:

Hosea 10:12 Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the LORD...

Cross References
Psalm 27:14
Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD!

Isaiah 25:9
It will be said on that day, "Behold, this is our God; we have waited for him, that he might save us. This is the LORD; we have waited for him; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation."

Isaiah 26:9
My soul yearns for you in the night; my spirit within me earnestly seeks you. For when your judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world learn righteousness.

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