Lamentations 3:33
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New International Version
For he does not willingly bring affliction or grief to anyone.

New Living Translation
For he does not enjoy hurting people or causing them sorrow.

English Standard Version
for he does not afflict from his heart or grieve the children of men.

New American Standard Bible
For He does not afflict willingly Or grieve the sons of men.

King James Bible
For he doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the children of men.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For He does not enjoy bringing affliction or suffering on mankind.

International Standard Version
For he does not deliberately hurt or grieve human beings.

NET Bible
For he is not predisposed to afflict or to grieve people.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He does not willingly bring suffering or grief to anyone,

Jubilee Bible 2000
Caph For he does not afflict nor grieve the sons of men from his heart.

King James 2000 Bible
For he does not afflict willingly nor grieve the children of men.

American King James Version
For he does not afflict willingly nor grieve the children of men.

American Standard Version
For he doth not afflict willingly, nor grieve the children of men.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Caph. For he hath not willingly afflicted, nor cast off the children of men.

Darby Bible Translation
for he doth not willingly afflict or grieve the children of men.

English Revised Version
For he doth not afflict willingly, nor grieve the children of men.

Webster's Bible Translation
For he doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the children of men.

World English Bible
For he does not afflict willingly, nor grieve the children of men.

Young's Literal Translation
For He hath not afflicted with His heart, Nor doth He grieve the sons of men.
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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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 33. - Willingly; literally, from his heart.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For he doth not afflict willingly,.... Or, "from his heart" (e); he does afflict; for all afflictions are from God, but they do not come from the mere motion of his heart, or are the effects of his sovereign will and pleasure, as the good things he bestows upon his people do, without any respect to any cause or occasion in them; but sin is the cause and occasion of these, as Jarchi well observes: it is with reluctance the Lord afflicts his people; he is as it were forced to it, speaking after the manner of men; see Hosea 11:8; he does not do it with delight and pleasure; he delights in mercy, but judgment is his strange act; nor does he do it with all his heart and soul, with all his might and strength; he does not stir up all his wrath: for then the spirit would fail before him, and the souls that he has made; and especially he does not do it out of ill will, but in love, and for their good:

nor grieve the children of men: that is, he does not from his heart, or willingly, grieve the children of men, by, afflicting them; which must be understood of those sons of men whom he has loved, and made his sons and heirs; those sons of men that wisdom's delights were with from everlasting, Proverbs 8:31.

(e) "ex corde suo", Pagninus, Montanus, Calvin.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

33. He does not afflict any willingly (literally, "from His heart," that is, as if He had any pleasure in it, Eze 33:11), much less the godly (Heb 12:10).

Lamed.

Lamentations 3:33 Additional Commentaries
Context
Jeremiah's Hope
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. 34To crush under His feet All the prisoners of the land,…
Cross References
Hebrews 12:10
They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness.

Job 37:23
The Almighty is beyond our reach and exalted in power; in his justice and great righteousness, he does not oppress.

Psalm 119:67
Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I obey your word.

Psalm 119:71
It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees.

Isaiah 28:21
The LORD will rise up as he did at Mount Perazim, he will rouse himself as in the Valley of Gibeon-- to do his work, his strange work, and perform his task, his alien task.

Lamentations 3:34
To crush underfoot all prisoners in the land,

Ezekiel 33:11
Say to them, 'As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live. Turn! Turn from your evil ways! Why will you die, people of Israel?'
Treasury of Scripture

For he does not afflict willingly nor grieve the children of men.

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Isaiah 28:21 For the LORD shall rise up as in mount Perazim, he shall be wroth …

Ezekiel 18:32 For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dies, said the Lord …

Ezekiel 33:11 Say to them, As I live, said the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in …

Hebrews 12:9,10 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, …

willingly. Heb. from his heart

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