Lamentations 3:56

56 You heard my plea: “Do not close your ears to my cry for relief.”

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Lamentations 3:56 in Other Translations

KJV
56 Thou hast heard my voice: hide not thine ear at my breathing, at my cry.
ESV
56 you heard my plea, 'Do not close your ear to my cry for help!'
NLT
56 You heard me when I cried, “Listen to my pleading! Hear my cry for help!”
MSG
56 You listened when I called out, 'Don't shut your ears! Get me out of here! Save me!'
CSB
56 You hear my plea: Do not ignore my cry for relief.

Lamentations 3:56 Meaning and Commentary

Lamentations 3:56

Thou hast heard my voice
Either in times past, when he cried unto him, and was delivered; and this was an encouragement to call upon him again in such extremity, who had shown himself to be a God hearing and answering prayer; hence it follows: hide not thine ear at my breathing, at my cry;
turn not a deaf ear to me, who hast been wont to hear me heretofore; stop not thine ear at my cry now, at my prayer, which he calls his "breathing"; prayer is the breath of a soul regenerated by the Spirit, and is a sign and evidence of life, when it is spiritual; in it a soul pants after God, and communion with him, and salvation by him. Some render it, "at my gasping" F19; or "panting", for breath; just ready to expire, unless immediate help is given: or else the whole of this refers to the present time, when the Lord heard and answered, not only the first clause, but this also; which may be rendered, not by way of petition, but affirmation, "thou didst not hide thine ear at my breathing, at my cry" {t}; and this agrees both with what goes before, and with what is expressed in ( Lamentations 3:57 ) .


FOOTNOTES:

F19 (ytxwrl) "ad anhelitum meum", Cocceius; "ad respirationem meam", Pagnius, Montanus, Junius & Tremellius, Piscator.
F20 (Mlet la) "non avertisti", Grotius.

Lamentations 3:56 In-Context

54 the waters closed over my head, and I thought I was about to perish.
55 I called on your name, LORD, from the depths of the pit.
56 You heard my plea: “Do not close your ears to my cry for relief.”
57 You came near when I called you, and you said, “Do not fear.”
58 You, Lord, took up my case; you redeemed my life.

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Cross References 1

  • 1. S Psalms 55:1; Psalms 116:1-2
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