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19

The thought of my affliction and my homelessness

is wormwood and gall!

20

My soul continually thinks of it

and is bowed down within me.

21

But this I call to mind,

and therefore I have hope:

 

22

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases,

his mercies never come to an end;

23

they are new every morning;

great is your faithfulness.

24

“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,

“therefore I will hope in him.”

 

25

The Lord is good to those who wait for him,

to the soul that seeks him.

26

It is good that one should wait quietly

for the salvation of the Lord.


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Zain.

19-21. This gives the reason why he gave way to the temptation to despair. The Margin, "Remember" does not suit the sense so well.

wormwood … gall—(Jer 9:15).

20. As often as my soul calls them to remembrance, it is humbled or bowed down in me.

21. This—namely, what follows; the view of the divine character (La 3:22, 23). Calvin makes "this" refer to Jeremiah's infirmity. His very weakness (La 3:19, 20) gives him hope of God interposing His strength for him (compare Ps 25:11, 17; 42:5, 8; 2Co 12:9, 10).

Cheth.

22-24. (Mal 3:6).

23. (Isa 33:2).

24. (Nu 18:20; Ps 16:5; 73:26; 119:57; Jer 10:16). To have God for our portion is the one only foundation of hope.

Teth.

25-27. The repetition of "good" at the beginning of each of the three verses heightens the effect.

wait—(Isa 30:18).

26. quietly wait—literally, "be in silence." Compare La 3:28 and Ps 39:2, 9, that is, to be patiently quiet under afflictions, resting in the will of God (Ps 37:7). So Aaron (Le 10:2, 3); and Job (Job 40:4, 5).




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