Lamentations 3:41
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New International Version
Let us lift up our hearts and our hands to God in heaven, and say:

New Living Translation
Let us lift our hearts and hands to God in heaven and say,

English Standard Version
Let us lift up our hearts and hands to God in heaven:

New American Standard Bible
We lift up our heart and hands Toward God in heaven;

King James Bible
Let us lift up our heart with our hands unto God in the heavens.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Let us lift up our hearts and our hands to God in heaven:

International Standard Version
Let us lift up our hearts and our hands to God in heaven.

NET Bible
Let us lift up our hearts and our hands to God in heaven:

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Let us raise our hearts and hands to God in heaven.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Nun Let us lift up our heart with our hands unto God in the heavens.

King James 2000 Bible
Let us lift up our heart with our hands unto God in the heavens.

American King James Version
Let us lift up our heart with our hands to God in the heavens.

American Standard Version
Let us lift up our heart with our hands unto God in the heavens.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Nun. Let us lift up our hearts with our hands to the Lord in the heavens.

Darby Bible Translation
Let us lift up our heart with [our] hands unto God in the heavens.

English Revised Version
Let us lift up our heart with our hands unto God in the heavens.

Webster's Bible Translation
Let us lift up our heart with our hands to God in the heavens.

World English Bible
Let us lift up our heart with our hands to God in the heavens.

Young's Literal Translation
We lift up our heart on the hands unto God in the heavens.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

3:37-41 While there is life there is hope; and instead of complaining that things are bad, we should encourage ourselves with the hope they will be better. We are sinful men, and what we complain of, is far less than our sins deserve. We should complain to God, and not of him. We are apt, in times of calamity, to reflect on other people's ways, and blame them; but our duty is to search and try our own ways, that we may turn from evil to God. Our hearts must go with our prayers. If inward impressions do not answer to outward expressions, we mock God, and deceive ourselves.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 41. - Our heart with our hands. It is to be sincere prayer; "spreading out the hands" is not enough by itself (Isaiah 1:25).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Let us lift up our heart with our hands,.... Lifting up of the hands is a prayer gesture, and is put for prayer itself; see Psalm 141:2; but the heart must go along with it, or it is of no avail; the soul must be lifted up to God; there must be an ascending of that unto him, in earnest desires after him; in affection and love to him; in faith and dependence on him; and in hope and expectation of good things from him, Psalm 25:1; this is the way in which men return to God, even by prayer and supplication. The Targum is,

"let us lift up our hearts, and cast away rapine and prey out of our hands;''

and Jarchi and Abendana mention a Midrash, that paraphrases it,

"let us lift up our hearts in truth to God, as a man washes his hands in purity, and casts away all filthiness from them;''

see Hebrews 10:22;

unto God in the heavens; who has made them, and dwells in them; and therefore prayer must be directed to him, as being there; so our Lord taught his disciples to pray, Matthew 6:9; and which is a very great encouragement to faith in prayer; when it is considered that God is the Maker and possessor of heaven and earth; and that our help is in and expected from him who made all these; and besides the saints have a High Priest, an Advocate with the Father there, to plead their cause for them; and many great and good things are there laid up for them.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

41. heart with … hands—the antidote to hypocrisy (Ps 86:4; 1Ti 2:8).

Lamentations 3:41 Additional Commentaries
Context
God's Justice
40Let us examine and probe our ways, And let us return to the LORD. 41We lift up our heart and hands Toward God in heaven; 42We have transgressed and rebelled, You have not pardoned.…
Cross References
Psalm 25:1
Of David. In you, LORD my God, I put my trust.

Psalm 28:2
Hear my cry for mercy as I call to you for help, as I lift up my hands toward your Most Holy Place.

Psalm 141:2
May my prayer be set before you like incense; may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice.
Treasury of Scripture

Let us lift up our heart with our hands to God in the heavens.

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Psalm 25:1 To you, O LORD, do I lift up my soul.

Psalm 86:4 Rejoice the soul of your servant: for to you, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.

Psalm 143:6-8 I stretch forth my hands to you: my soul thirsts after you, as a …

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Psalm 28:2 Hear the voice of my supplications, when I cry to you, when I lift …

Psalm 63:4 Thus will I bless you while I live: I will lift up my hands in your name.

Psalm 141:2 Let my prayer be set forth before you as incense; and the lifting …

1 Thessalonians 2:8 So being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have …

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