Paul Kretzmann Commentary - Lamentations 3:55 - 3:66

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Paul Kretzmann Commentary - Lamentations 3:55 - 3:66

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Prayer for Deliverance

v. 55. I called upon Thy name, O Lord,
thus overcoming the despair which was trying to paralyze his faith, out of the low dungeon, out of the pit which threatened to become his grave.

v. 56. Thou hast heard my voice,
so he cries out in the triumphant confidence of his faith; hide not Thy ear at my breathing, at my cry, as he recovered his breath sufficiently to lay his case before Jehovah once more.

v. 57. Thou drewest near in the day that I called upon Thee. Thou saidst, Fear not,
thus assuring the believer of His merciful interest and assistance. Cf Psa_145:18.

v. 58. O Lord, Thou hast pleaded the causes of my soul,
being active in all matters pertaining to the believer's welfare; Thou hast redeemed my life, rescuing him from what seemed to be certain destruction.

v. 59. O Lord, Thou hast seen my wrong,
how his rights were violated by the enemies; judge Thou my cause, securing for him the right which he knew was on his side.

v. 60. Thou hast seen all their vengeance and all their imaginations against me,
all their vindictive, malicious devices.

v. 61. Thou hast heard their reproach, O Lord, and all their imaginations against me,

v. 62. the lips of those that rose up against me,
with scornful mockery, and their device against me all the day, as they meditated evil.

v. 63. Behold their sitting down and their rising up,
observing all the conduct and doing of the enemies; I am their music, the object of their derisive songs.

v. 64. Render unto them a recompense, O Lord, according to the work of their hands,
as they had so plentifully deserved it.

v. 65. Give them sorrow of heart,
literally, "blindness or covering of heart," a stupidity which shut them out from spiritual understanding, Thy curse unto them!

v. 66. Persecute and destroy them in anger from under the heavens of the Lord,
so that they would be forever removed from the sphere of Jehovah's kingdom of the world, thereby losing all their opportunity to do any more harm. Christians may well pray that God would foil all attempts of the enemies to take away His honor and to harm the cause of His kingdom in the world.