Lamentations 3:20

20 I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me.

Lamentations 3:20 in Other Translations

KJV
20 My soul hath them still in remembrance, and is humbled in me.
ESV
20 My soul continually remembers it and is bowed down within me.
NLT
20 I will never forget this awful time, as I grieve over my loss.
MSG
20 I remember it all - oh, how well I remember - the feeling of hitting the bottom.
CSB
20 I continually remember [them] and have become depressed.

Lamentations 3:20 Meaning and Commentary

Lamentations 3:20

My soul hath [them] still in remembrance
That is, according to our version, affliction and misery, compared to wormwood and gall: but the words, "my soul", are fetched from the next clause, where they ought to stand, and this to be rendered, "in remembering thou wilt remember" F20; or, "thou wilt surely remember", and so expresses the confidence of the prophet, and his firm belief, his faith and hope increasing in prayer, that God would in much mercy remember his people, and their afflictions, and save them out of them: and is humbled in me;
both under the afflicting hand of God, and in view and hope of his mercy: though rather it should be rendered, "and" or "for my soul meditateth within me" F21; says or suggests such things to me, that God will in wrath remember mercy; see ( Psalms 77:7 ) . So Jarchi makes mention of a Midrash, that interprets it of his soul's waiting till the time that God remembers.


FOOTNOTES:

F20 (rwkzt rwkz) "recordando recordaberis", Luther, Michaelis.
F21 (yvpn yle xyvtw) "meditatur apud me anima mea", Junius & Tremellius; "et animo meo meditor", Castalio.

Lamentations 3:20 In-Context

18 So I say, “My splendor is gone and all that I had hoped from the LORD.”
19 I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall.
20 I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me.
21 Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope:
22 Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.

Cross References 2

  • 1. S Psalms 42:5
  • 2. Psalms 42:11; Psalms 43:5