Lamentations 3:36

36 when one's case is subverted —does the Lord not see it?

Lamentations 3:36 Meaning and Commentary

Lamentations 3:36

To subvert a man in his cause
A poor man, as the Targum, which aggravates it; as by courses and methods taken in an open court, so by secret underhand ways, to get the cause from him, and injure him in his property: the Lord approveth not;
or, "seeth not" F7; which some understand as spoken by wicked men, who do the above things, and flatter themselves that God sees not, and takes no notice of them, ( Ezekiel 9:9 ) ; and others read it interrogatively, "doth not the Lord see?" F8 he does; he sees all the actions of men, nothing is hid from him; but he sees not with approbation; he do not look upon such things with delight and pleasure, but with abhorrence, ( Habakkuk 1:13 ) . The Targum is,

``is it possible that it should not be revealed before the Lord?''


F7 (har al) "non vidit, vel videt", Pagninus, Montanus, Calvin.
F8 "Non videret?" Piscator.

Lamentations 3:36 In-Context

34 When all the prisoners of the land are crushed under foot,
35 when human rights are perverted in the presence of the Most High,
36 when one's case is subverted —does the Lord not see it?
37 Who can command and have it done, if the Lord has not ordained it?
38 Is it not from the mouth of the Most High that good and bad come?