Lamentations 3:20
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New International Version
I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me.

New Living Translation
I will never forget this awful time, as I grieve over my loss.

English Standard Version
My soul continually remembers it and is bowed down within me.

New American Standard Bible
Surely my soul remembers And is bowed down within me.

King James Bible
My soul hath them still in remembrance, and is humbled in me.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I continually remember them and have become depressed.

International Standard Version
My mind keeps reflecting on it, and I become depressed.

NET Bible
I continually think about this, and I am depressed.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
My soul continues to remember [these things] and is so discouraged.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Zain My soul shall have them still in remembrance because it is humbled in me.

King James 2000 Bible
My soul has them still in remembrance, and is humbled in me.

American King James Version
My soul has them still in remembrance, and is humbled in me.

American Standard Version
My soul hath them still in remembrance, and is bowed down within me.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Zain. I will be mindful and remember, and my soul shall languish within me.

Darby Bible Translation
My soul hath [them] constantly in remembrance, and is humbled in me.

English Revised Version
My soul hath them still in remembrance, and is bowed down within me.

Webster's Bible Translation
My soul hath them still in remembrance, and is humbled in me.

World English Bible
My soul still remembers them, and is bowed down within me.

Young's Literal Translation
Remember well, and bow down doth my soul in me.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

3:1-20 The prophet relates the more gloomy and discouraging part of his experience, and how he found support and relief. In the time of his trial the Lord had become terrible to him. It was an affliction that was misery itself; for sin makes the cup of affliction a bitter cup. The struggle between unbelief and faith is often very severe. But the weakest believer is wrong, if he thinks that his strength and hope are perished from the Lord.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 20. - My soul, etc. This rendering is difficult. In the next verse we read, "This I recall to my mind, therefore I have hope," which seems inconsistent with ver. 20 as given in the Authorized Version. An equally grammatical and still more obvious translation is, Thou (O God!) wilt surely remember, for my soul is bowed down within me. The latter part of the line is a reminiscence of Psalm 42:5, at least, if the text be correct, for the closing words do not cohere well with the opening ones. The Peshito (Syriac) has, "Remember, and revive [literally, 'cause to return'] my soul within me," which involves a slightly different reading of one word. But more tempting than any other view of the meaning is that of Bickell, though it involves a correction and an insertion, "My soul remembereth well and meditateth on thy faithfulness."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

My soul hath them still in remembrance,.... That is, according to our version, affliction and misery, compared to wormwood and gall: but the words, "my soul", are fetched from the next clause, where they ought to stand, and this to be rendered, "in remembering thou wilt remember" (t); or, "thou wilt surely remember", and so expresses the confidence of the prophet, and his firm belief, his faith and hope increasing in prayer, that God would in much mercy remember his people, and their afflictions, and save them out of them:

and is humbled in me; both under the afflicting hand of God, and in view and hope of his mercy: though rather it should be rendered, "and" or "for my soul meditateth within me" (u); says or suggests such things to me, that God will in wrath remember mercy; see Psalm 77:7. So Jarchi makes mention of a Midrash, that interprets it of his soul's waiting till the time that God remembers.

(t) "recordando recordaberis", Luther, Michaelis. (u) "meditatur apud me anima mea", Junius & Tremellius; "et animo meo meditor", Castalio.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

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

Lamentations 3:20 Additional Commentaries
Context
Jeremiah's Hope
19Remember my affliction and my wandering, the wormwood and bitterness. 20Surely my soul remembers And is bowed down within me. 21This I recall to my mind, Therefore I have hope.…
Cross References
Job 21:6
When I think about this, I am terrified; trembling seizes my body.

Psalm 42:5
Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.

Psalm 42:6
My soul is downcast within me; therefore I will remember you from the land of the Jordan, the heights of Hermon--from Mount Mizar.

Psalm 43:5
Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.

Psalm 44:25
We are brought down to the dust; our bodies cling to the ground.
Treasury of Scripture

My soul has them still in remembrance, and is humbled in me.

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Job 21:6 Even when I remember I am afraid, and trembling takes hold on my flesh.

humbled.

Psalm 42:5,6,11 Why are you cast down, O my soul? and why are you disquieted in me? …

Psalm 43:5 Why are you cast down, O my soul? and why are you disquieted within …

Psalm 146:8 The LORD opens the eyes of the blind: the LORD raises them that are …

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