Lamentations 3:56

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

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Read Lamentations 3:56 Using Other Translations

Thou hast heard my voice: hide not thine ear at my breathing, at my cry.
you heard my plea, 'Do not close your ear to my cry for help!'
You heard me when I cried, “Listen to my pleading! Hear my cry for help!”

What does Lamentations 3:56 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
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 ) .


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