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Lamentations 3:28

28 Let him sit alone in silence, for the LORD has laid it on him.

Lamentations 3:28 in Other Translations

28 He sitteth alone and keepeth silence, because he hath borne it upon him.
28 Let him sit alone in silence when it is laid on him;
28 Let them sit alone in silence beneath the LORD ’s demands.
28 When life is heavy and hard to take, go off by yourself. Enter the silence.
28 Let him sit alone and be silent, for God has disciplined him.

Lamentations 3:28 Meaning and Commentary

Lamentations 3:28

He sitteth alone
Retires from the world, and the men of it, who takes upon him the yoke of Christ; though he is not alone, but God, Father, Son, and Spirit, are with him; and he is with the saints, the excellent of the earth, and has communion with them; and so he is that under the afflicting hand of God bears it patiently, and does not run from place to place complaining of it, but sits still, and considers the cause, end, and use of it. Some render the words in connection with the preceding, it is good "that he sit alone" F2; it is good for a man to be alone; in his closet, praying to God; in his house or chamber, reading the word of God; in the field, or elsewhere, meditating upon it, and upon the works of God, of nature, providence, and grace: and keepeth silence, because he hath borne [it] on him:
or, "took it on him"; either because he took it upon him willingly, and therefore should bear it patiently; or because he (God) hath put it upon him F3, and therefore should be silent, and not murmur and repine, since he hath done it, ( Psalms 39:9 ) .


F2 (ddb bvy) "ut sedeat solus", Gataker.
F3 (wyle ljn) "projecit super ipsum", Tigurine version; "sub. Dominus", Vatablus; "quod imposuerit ipsi Deus", Junius & Tremellius, Michaelis.

Lamentations 3:28 In-Context

26 it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD.
27 It is good for a man to bear the yoke while he is young.
28 Let him sit alone in silence, for the LORD has laid it on him.
29 Let him bury his face in the dust— there may yet be hope.
30 Let him offer his cheek to one who would strike him, and let him be filled with disgrace.

Cross References 1

  • 1. Jeremiah 15:17; Lamentations 2:10
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