Lamentations 3:22
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English Standard Version
The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end;

King James Bible
It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.

American Standard Version
It is of Jehovah's lovingkindnesses that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Heth. The mercies of the Lord that we are not consumed: because his commiserations have not failed.

English Revised Version
It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.

Webster's Bible Translation
It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

"He fills me with bitternesses" is a reminiscence from Job 9:18, only ממרורים being exchanged for מרורים. Of these two forms, the first occurs only in Job, l.c.; the latter denotes, in Exodus 12:8 and Numbers 9:11, "bitter herbs," but here "bitternesses." The reality (viz., bitter sorrow) is what Jeremiah threatens the people with in Jeremiah 9:14; Jeremiah 23:15. The figure employed in Lamentations 3:16 is still stronger. "He made my teeth be ground down on gravel." חצץ means a gravel stone, gravel, Proverbs 20:17. גּרס (which occurs only in Psalm 119:20 as well as here, and is allied to גּרשׂ, from which comes גּרשׂ, something crushed, Leviticus 2:14, Leviticus 2:16) signifies to be ground down, and in Hiphil to grind down, not to cause to grind; hence בּחצץ cannot be taken as a second object, "He made my teeth grind gravel" (Ewald); but the words simply mean, "He ground my teeth on the gravel," i.e., He made them grind away on the gravel. As regards the application of the words, we cannot follow the older expositors in thinking of bread mixed with stones, but must view the giving of stones for bread as referring to cruel treatment. The lxx have rendered הכפּישׁני by ἐψώμισέν με σποδόν, the Vulgate by cibavit me cinere. This translation has not been lexically established, but is a mere conjecture from Psalm 102:10. The ἁπ λεγ. ̔́̔̀נבך̓̀צ is allied with ,כּבשׁsubigere, and means in Rabbinic, deprimere; cf. Buxtorf, Lex. Rabb. s.v. Similarly, the Chaldee had previously explained the words to mean humiliavit ( )כּנעme in cinere; and Raschi, כפה inclinavit s. subegit me. Luther follows these in his rendering, "He rolls me in the ashes," which is a figure signifying the deepest disgrace and humiliation, or a hyperbolical expression for sprinkling with ashes (Ezekiel 27:30), as a token of descent into the depths of sorrow.

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Ezra 9:8,9,13-15 And now for a little space grace has been showed from the LORD our God, to leave us a remnant to escape...

Nehemiah 9:31 Nevertheless for your great mercies' sake you did not utterly consume them, nor forsake them; for you are a gracious and merciful God.

Psalm 78:38 But he, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity, and destroyed them not: yes, many a time turned he his anger away...

Psalm 106:45 And he remembered for them his covenant, and repented according to the multitude of his mercies.

Ezekiel 20:8,9,13,14,21,22 But they rebelled against me, and would not listen to me: they did not every man cast away the abominations of their eyes...

Malachi 3:6 For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore you sons of Jacob are not consumed.

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Psalm 77:8 Is his mercy clean gone for ever? does his promise fail for ever more?

Psalm 86:15 But you, O Lord, are a God full of compassion, and gracious, long suffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth.

Micah 7:18,19 Who is a God like to you, that pardons iniquity, and passes by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage...

Luke 1:50 And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation.

Cross References
Psalm 78:38
Yet he, being compassionate, atoned for their iniquity and did not destroy them; he restrained his anger often and did not stir up all his wrath.

Psalm 103:10
He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities.

Jeremiah 3:12
Go, and proclaim these words toward the north, and say, "'Return, faithless Israel, declares the LORD. I will not look on you in anger, for I am merciful, declares the LORD; I will not be angry forever.

Jeremiah 30:11
For I am with you to save you, declares the LORD; I will make a full end of all the nations among whom I scattered you, but of you I will not make a full end. I will discipline you in just measure, and I will by no means leave you unpunished.

Malachi 3:6
"For I the LORD do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed.

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