Lamentations 3:31
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New International Version
For no one is cast off by the Lord forever.

New Living Translation
For no one is abandoned by the Lord forever.

English Standard Version
For the Lord will not cast off forever,

New American Standard Bible
For the Lord will not reject forever,

King James Bible
For the Lord will not cast off for ever:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For the Lord will not reject us forever.

International Standard Version
Indeed, the Lord will not always reject us —

NET Bible
For the Lord will not reject us forever.

New Heart English Bible
For the Lord will not reject forever.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"The Lord will not reject [such] people forever.

JPS Tanakh 1917
For the Lord will not cast off For ever.

New American Standard 1977
For the Lord will not reject forever,

Jubilee Bible 2000
Caph For the Lord will not cast off for ever:

King James 2000 Bible
For the Lord will not cast off forever:

American King James Version
For the LORD will not cast off for ever:

American Standard Version
For the Lord will not cast off for ever.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Caph. For the Lord will not cast off for ever.

Darby Bible Translation
For the Lord will not cast off for ever;

English Revised Version
For the Lord will not cast off for ever.

Webster's Bible Translation
For the Lord will not cast off for ever:

World English Bible
For the Lord will not cast off forever.

Young's Literal Translation
For the Lord doth not cast off to the age.
Study Bible
Jeremiah's Hope
30Let him give his cheek to the smiter, Let him be filled with reproach. 31For the Lord will not reject forever, 32For if He causes grief, Then He will have compassion According to His abundant lovingkindness.…
Cross References
Psalm 77:7
Will the Lord reject forever? And will He never be favorable again?

Psalm 94:14
For the LORD will not abandon His people, Nor will He forsake His inheritance.

Isaiah 54:7
"For a brief moment I forsook you, But with great compassion I will gather you.

Nahum 1:12
Thus says the LORD, "Though they are at full strength and likewise many, Even so, they will be cut off and pass away. Though I have afflicted you, I will afflict you no longer.
Treasury of Scripture

For the LORD will not cast off for ever:

1 Samuel 12:22 For the LORD will not forsake his people for his great name's sake: …

Psalm 77:7 Will the Lord cast off for ever? and will he be favorable no more?

Psalm 94:14 For the LORD will not cast off his people, neither will he forsake …

Psalm 103:8-10 The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy…

Isaiah 54:7-10 For a small moment have I forsaken you; but with great mercies will …

Isaiah 57:16 For I will not contend for ever, neither will I be always wroth: …

Jeremiah 31:37 Thus said the LORD; If heaven above can be measured, and the foundations …

Jeremiah 32:40 And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not …

Jeremiah 33:24 Consider you not what this people have spoken, saying, The two families …

Micah 7:18 Who is a God like to you, that pardons iniquity, and passes by the …

Romans 11:1-6 I say then, Has God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also …

(31) For the Lord . . .--The counsels of submission are followed by the grounds of hope. The first, a quotation from Psalm 77:7, had been of old a favourite thought of the writer's (Jeremiah 3:5; Jeremiah 3:12). The second (Lamentations 3:32) rests on the fact that compassion underlies chastisement (Psalm 30:5; Job 5:18; Isaiah 54:8); the third (Lamentations 3:33) on the truth that the primary eternal will of God is on the side of love, and that punishment is, as it were, against that will.

Verses 31-33. - Two grounds of comfort:

(1) the trouble is only for a time, and God will have compassion again (vers. 31, 32); and

(2) God does not afflict in a malicious spirit (ver. 33). For the Lord will not cast off for ever. Which is not to be understood of all his creatures; for there are some he does cast off for ever, as the angels that sinned; reprobate men, profligate and abandoned sinners, that live and die impenitent; and unbelievers, carnal professors, and apostates; but not his own special and peculiar people, the people whom he has foreknown and loved with an everlasting love, his spiritual Israel; or, as the Targum supplies it, "his servants"; see Psalm 94:14; he may seem for a while to reject them, but not in reality and for ever; as when he hides his face from them, lays his afflicting hand on them, or suffers then, to be afflicted by others, and defers his help, and does not immediately appear to their deliverance and salvation; but in reality he never rejects them from being his people, his servants, and his sons; they have always a place in his heart, and are ever under his eye and care; they continue in his covenant, and abide in his family; and though they may be cast down in their souls, and cast out by men, yet are not cast off by God, neither in youth nor old age, in time or eternity; his love is unchangeable; his purposes firm and unalterable; his counsel, covenant, oath, and promise, immutable; and they are his jewels, his portion, and inheritance; and this is a ground and reason of bearing patiently all afflictions, injuries, and reproaches; for though men cast off, God will not. 31-33. True repentance is never without hope (Ps 94:14).3:21-36 Having stated his distress and temptation, the prophet shows how he was raised above it. Bad as things are, it is owing to the mercy of God that they are not worse. We should observe what makes for us, as well as what is against us. God's compassions fail not; of this we have fresh instances every morning. Portions on earth are perishing things, but God is a portion for ever. It is our duty, and will be our comfort and satisfaction, to hope and quietly to wait for the salvation of the Lord. Afflictions do and will work very much for good: many have found it good to bear this yoke in their youth; it has made many humble and serious, and has weaned them from the world, who otherwise would have been proud and unruly. If tribulation work patience, that patience will work experience, and that experience a hope that makes not ashamed. Due thoughts of the evil of sin, and of our own sinfulness, will convince us that it is of the Lord's mercies we are not consumed. If we cannot say with unwavering voice, The Lord is my portion; may we not say, I desire to have Him for my portion and salvation, and in his word do I hope? Happy shall we be, if we learn to receive affliction as laid upon us by the hand of God.
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