Lamentations 3:42

42 “We have sinned and rebelled and you have not forgiven.

Lamentations 3:42 in Other Translations

42 We have transgressed and have rebelled: thou hast not pardoned.
42 "We have transgressed and rebelled, and you have not forgiven.
42 “We have sinned and rebelled, and you have not forgiven us.
42 "We've been contrary and willful, and you haven't forgiven.
42 We have sinned and rebelled; You have not forgiven.

Lamentations 3:42 Meaning and Commentary

Lamentations 3:42

We have transgressed, and have rebelled
Here begins the prayer, the sense of which is directed to, though the words are not dictated; and it begins with confession of sin, as prayer should, especially when in such circumstances as the people of the Jews now were; and with confession of it, as a transgression of the law of God; and as rebellion against him, as every sin is, a breach of his law, a contempt of his authority, and a trampling under foot his legislative power, and an act of hostility against him; and so downright rebellion; every sin being an overt act of that kind; and which is aggravated by the favours before acknowledged to have been received: thou hast not pardoned;
as they apprehended; they had not the discovery and application of pardoning grace and mercy; otherwise pardon of sin with God is past, and includes all sin present and future, as well as past; but temporal afflictions being upon them, they concluded their sins were not pardoned; pardon of sin in Scripture often signifying the removal of such afflictions.

Lamentations 3:42 In-Context

40 Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the LORD.
41 Let us lift up our hearts and our hands to God in heaven, and say:
42 “We have sinned and rebelled and you have not forgiven.
43 “You have covered yourself with anger and pursued us; you have slain without pity.
44 You have covered yourself with a cloud so that no prayer can get through.

Cross References 2

  • 1. Jeremiah 14:20; Daniel 9:5
  • 2. S 2 Kings 24:4; Jeremiah 5:7-9
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