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This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope.
It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.
They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.
The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.
The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.
It is good that a man should both hope ° and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD.
It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth.
He sitteth alone and keepeth silence, because he hath borne it upon him.
He putteth his mouth in the dust; if so be there may be hope.
He giveth his cheek to him that smiteth him: he is filled full with reproach.
For the Lord will not cast off for ever:
But though he cause grief, yet will he have compassion according to the multitude of his mercies.
For he doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the children of men.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

3:21 therefore I have hope. In these closing lines of the seventh triplet, the note changes from despair to hope. Even in wrath, God remembers mercy!

3:22 compassions fail not. Jeremiah recalled that God had promised that the people of Israel would be preserved and eventually restored (Jeremiah 31:37-40; 46:28; etc.), though all he could see at the moment was devastation.

3:23 great is thy faithfulness. God is faithful to His Word, even when we are not faithful and forget His Word. Note II Timothy 2:13.

3:24 my soul. Even when our possessions are gone, our bodies dying, and we seem utterly forsaken, we still, like Job (Job 13:15), can trust our souls to God.

3:24 will I hope. In Lamentations 3:21, Jeremiah has hope in the Lord; in Lamentations 3:24, recalling God’s daily mercies and unfailing compassions, he does hope in the Lord.

3:26 salvation. “Salvation” (Hebrew yeshua) is actually the same as “Jesus.” The dying Jacob cried out, over eleven centuries earlier, “I have waited for thy salvation, O LORD” (Genesis 49:18). Jeremiah was also waiting for God’s “Jesus.” So are we, today! It is good to hope daily and wait patiently for His return, but we must (like Jeremiah) also “occupy” until He comes (Luke 19:13).

3:30 smiteth. See Luke 22:63. At this point, Jeremiah becomes more than ever a type of Christ in his sufferings.

3:33 doth not afflict willingly. This verse concludes the middle triplet of the middle chapter of Lamentations. Thus this triplet (Lamentations 3:31-33) appropriately constitutes the central theme of the whole book. God is “not willing that any should perish” (II Peter 3:9), but must lovingly chastise those of His people who rebel against His word. But “He will not always chide” (Psalm 103:9).

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