New American Standard Bible
Let him put his mouth in the dust, Perhaps there is hope.
King James Bible
He putteth his mouth in the dust; if so be there may be hope.
Darby Bible Translation
he putteth his mouth in the dust, if so be there may be hope;
World English Bible
Let him put his mouth in the dust, if so be there may be hope.
Young's Literal Translation
He putteth in the dust his mouth, if so be there is hope.
Lamentations 3:29 Parallel
LibrarySolitude, Silence, Submission
"He sitteth alone and keepeth silence, because he hath borne it upon him. He putteth his mouth in the dust; if so be there may be hope."--Lamentations 3:28, 29. THUS the prophet describes the conduct of a person in deep anguish of heart. When he does not know what to do, his soul, as if by instinct, humbles itself. He gets into some secret place, he utters no speech, he gives himself over to moaning and to tears, and then he bows himself lower and yet lower before the Divine Majesty, as if he felt …
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 42: 1896
Question Lxxxii of Devotion
The Mercy of God
"I have sewed sackcloth over my skin And thrust my horn in the dust.
"Behold, I am insignificant; what can I reply to You? I lay my hand on my mouth.
"There is hope for your future," declares the LORD, "And your children will return to their own territory.
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