Lamentations 3:32
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New International Version
Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love.

New Living Translation
Though he brings grief, he also shows compassion because of the greatness of his unfailing love.

English Standard Version
but, though he cause grief, he will have compassion according to the abundance of his steadfast love;

New American Standard Bible
For if He causes grief, Then He will have compassion According to His abundant lovingkindness.

King James Bible
But though he cause grief, yet will he have compassion according to the multitude of his mercies.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Even if He causes suffering, He will show compassion according to His abundant, faithful love.

International Standard Version
though he causes grief, his compassion abounds according to his gracious love.

NET Bible
Though he causes us grief, he then has compassion on us according to the abundance of his loyal kindness.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Even if he makes us suffer, he will have compassion in keeping with the richness of his mercy.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Caph But though he causes grief, yet he will also have compassion according to the multitude of his mercies.

King James 2000 Bible
But though he cause grief, yet will he have compassion according to the multitude of his mercies.

American King James Version
But though he cause grief, yet will he have compassion according to the multitude of his mercies.

American Standard Version
For though he cause grief, yet will he have compassion according to the multitude of his lovingkindnesses.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Caph. For if he hath cast off, he will also have mercy, according to the multitude of his mercies.

Darby Bible Translation
but if he have caused grief, he will have compassion according to the multitude of his loving-kindnesses:

English Revised Version
For though he cause grief, yet will he have compassion according to the multitude of his mercies.

Webster's Bible Translation
But though he causeth grief, yet will he have compassion according to the multitude of his mercies.

World English Bible
For though he cause grief, yet he will have compassion according to the multitude of his loving kindnesses.

Young's Literal Translation
For though He afflicted, yet He hath pitied, According to the abundance of His kindness.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

But though he cause grief,.... As he sometimes does in his own people; by convincing them of sin, and producing in them godly sorrow, which worketh repentance unto life, not to be repented of; by correcting and chastising them for it, and by hiding his face from them; all which are grievous to them:

yet will he have compassion according to the multitude of his mercies; his mercies are many, both temporal and spiritual, and his compassion is answerable; which he shows to his people by an application of pardoning grace, through the blood of Christ, by sympathizing with them under their afflictions, and delivering from them; by granting them his gracious presence, and restoring to them the joys of his salvation; all which is not according to their merits, but his mercies.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

32. The punishments of the godly are but for a time.

Lamentations 3:32 Additional Commentaries
Context
Jeremiah's Hope
31For the Lord will not reject forever, 32For if He causes grief, Then He will have compassion According to His abundant lovingkindness. 33For He does not afflict willingly Or grieve the sons of men.…
Cross References
Psalm 78:38
Yet he was merciful; he forgave their iniquities and did not destroy them. Time after time he restrained his anger and did not stir up his full wrath.

Psalm 106:43
Many times he delivered them, but they were bent on rebellion and they wasted away in their sin.

Hosea 11:8
"How can I give you up, Ephraim? How can I hand you over, Israel? How can I treat you like Admah? How can I make you like Zeboyim? My heart is changed within me; all my compassion is aroused.

Nahum 1:12
This is what the LORD says: "Although they have allies and are numerous, they will be destroyed and pass away. Although I have afflicted you, Judah, I will afflict you no more.
Treasury of Scripture

But though he cause grief, yet will he have compassion according to the multitude of his mercies.

Lamentations 3:22 It is of the LORD's mercies that we are not consumed, because his …

Exodus 2:23 And it came to pass in process of time, that the king of Egypt died: …

Exodus 3:7 And the LORD said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people …

Judges 10:16 And they put away the strange gods from among them, and served the …

2 Kings 13:23 And the LORD was gracious to them, and had compassion on them, and …

Psalm 30:5 For his anger endures but a moment; in his favor is life: weeping …

Psalm 78:38 But he, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity, and destroyed …

Psalm 103:11 For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy …

Psalm 106:43-45 Many times did he deliver them; but they provoked him with their …

Jeremiah 31:20 Is Ephraim my dear son? is he a pleasant child? for since I spoke …

Hosea 11:8 How shall I give you up, Ephraim? how shall I deliver you, Israel? …

Luke 15:20 And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great …

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