Lamentations 3:37

37 Who can speak and have it happen if the Lord has not decreed it?

Lamentations 3:37 in Other Translations

37 Who is he that saith, and it cometh to pass, when the Lord commandeth it not?
37 Who has spoken and it came to pass, unless the Lord has commanded it?
37 Who can command things to happen without the Lord’s permission?
37 Who do you think "spoke and it happened"? It's the Master who gives such orders.
37 Who is there who speaks and it happens, unless the Lord has ordained [it]?

Lamentations 3:37 Meaning and Commentary

Lamentations 3:37

Who [is] he [that] saith, and it cometh to pass?
&c.] Or, "who [that] says [this shall be], and it cometh to pass?" or, "who [is] he [that] saith [this shall] come to pass?" F9 this, or that, or the other thing, he wills and desires, and his heart is set upon: [when] the Lord commandeth [it] not?
has not willed and decreed it, but determined the contrary; for nothing escapes his knowledge and foreknowledge; or can resist his will; or control his power; or frustrate his councils, and counterwork his designs; whatever schemes men form to get riches, obtain honour, do mischief to others, prolong life to themselves, and perpetuate their names to posterity, being contrary to the purpose of God, never succeed; whenever they do succeed in any of the above instances, it is because God has commanded, or he has determined, it should be so; as in the instances of Joseph's brethren, in their usage of him; and of the Jews, in the crucifixion of Christ, ( Proverbs 16:9 ) ( 19:21 ) . The Targum is,

``who is the man that saith, and evil is done in the world; but because they have done what was not commanded from the mouth of the Lord?''


F9 So some in Gataker.

Lamentations 3:37 In-Context

35 to deny people their rights before the Most High,
36 to deprive them of justice— would not the Lord see such things?
37 Who can speak and have it happen if the Lord has not decreed it?
38 Is it not from the mouth of the Most High that both calamities and good things come?
39 Why should the living complain when punished for their sins?

Cross References 1

  • 1. Psalms 33:9-11; S Proverbs 19:21; S Proverbs 21:30
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