Lamentations 3:39
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Why should the living complain when punished for their sins?

King James Bible
Wherefore doth a living man complain, a man for the punishment of his sins?

Darby Bible Translation
Wherefore doth a living man complain, a man for the punishment of his sins?

World English Bible
Why does a living man complain, a man for the punishment of his sins?

Young's Literal Translation
What -- sigh habitually doth a living man, A man for his sin?

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Wherefore doth a living man complain - He who has his life still lent to him has small cause of complaint. How great soever his affliction may be, he is still alive; therefore, he may seek and find mercy unto eternal life. Of this, death would deprive him; therefore let not a living man complain.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


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

Numbers 11:11 And Moses said to the LORD, Why have you afflicted your servant? and why have I not found favor in your sight...

Proverbs 19:3 The foolishness of man perverts his way: and his heart frets against the LORD.

Isaiah 38:17-19 Behold, for peace I had great bitterness: but you have in love to my soul delivered it from the pit of corruption...

complain, or murmur. a man

Genesis 4:5-7,13,14 But to Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell...

Leviticus 26:41,43 And that I also have walked contrary to them, and have brought them into the land of their enemies...

Numbers 16:41 But on the morrow all the congregation of the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron, saying...

Numbers 17:12 And the children of Israel spoke to Moses, saying, Behold, we die, we perish, we all perish.

Joshua 7:6-13 And Joshua rent his clothes, and fell to the earth on his face before the ark of the LORD until the eventide...

2 Samuel 6:7,8 And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Uzzah; and God smote him there for his error; and there he died by the ark of God...

2 Kings 3:13 And Elisha said to the king of Israel, What have I to do with you? get you to the prophets of your father...

2 Kings 6:32 But Elisha sat in his house, and the elders sat with him; and the king sent a man from before him: but ere the messenger came to him...

Ezra 9:13 And after all that is come on us for our evil deeds, and for our great trespass...

Job 11:6 And that he would show you the secrets of wisdom...

Isaiah 51:20 Your sons have fainted, they lie at the head of all the streets, as a wild bull in a net: they are full of the fury of the LORD...

Jonah 2:3,4 For you had cast me into the deep, in the middle of the seas; and the floods compassed me about...

Jonah 4:8,9 And it came to pass, when the sun did arise, that God prepared a vehement east wind; and the sun beat on the head of Jonah...

Micah 7:9 I will bear the indignation of the LORD, because I have sinned against him, until he plead my cause, and execute judgment for me...

Hebrews 12:5-12 And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to children, My son, despise not you the chastening of the Lord...

Revelation 16:9 And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which has power over these plagues...

February the Twenty-Fourth Moving Towards Daybreak
"He hath brought me into darkness, but not into light." --LAMENTATIONS iii. 1-9. But a man may be in darkness, and yet in motion toward the light. I was in the darkness of the subway, and it was close and oppressive, but I was moving toward the light and fragrance of the open country. I entered into a tunnel in the Black Country in England, but the motion was continued, and we emerged amid fields of loveliness. And therefore the great thing to remember is that God's darknesses are not His goals;
John Henry Jowett—My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year

"And we all do Fade as a Leaf, and Our Iniquities, Like the Wind, have Taken us Away. "
Isaiah lxiv. 6.--"And we all do fade as a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away." Here they join the punishment with the deserving cause, their uncleanness and their iniquities, and so take it upon them, and subscribe to the righteousness of God's dealing. We would say this much in general--First, Nobody needeth to quarrel God for his dealing. He will always be justified when he is judged. If the Lord deal more sharply with you than with others, you may judge there is a difference
Hugh Binning—The Works of the Rev. Hugh Binning

The Ambassadors from Babylon
In the midst of his prosperous reign King Hezekiah was suddenly stricken with a fatal malady. "Sick unto death," his case was beyond the power of man to help. And the last vestige of hope seemed removed when the prophet Isaiah appeared before him with the message, "Thus saith the Lord, Set thine house in order: for thou shalt die, and not live." Isaiah 38:1. The outlook seemed utterly dark; yet the king could still pray to the One who had hitherto been his "refuge and strength, a very present help
Ellen Gould White—The Story of Prophets and Kings

Meditations for one that is Like to Die.
If thy sickness be like to increase unto death, then meditate on three things:--First, How graciously God dealeth with thee. Secondly, From what evils death will free thee. Thirdly, What good death will bring unto thee. The first sort of Meditations are, to consider God's favourable dealing with thee. 1. Meditate that God uses this chastisement of thy body but as a medicine to cure thy soul, by drawing thee, who art sick in sin, to come by repentance unto Christ, thy physician, to have thy soul healed
Lewis Bayly—The Practice of Piety

Cross References
Hebrews 12:5
And have you completely forgotten this word of encouragement that addresses you as a father addresses his son? It says, "My son, do not make light of the Lord's discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you,

Hebrews 12:6
because the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son."

Psalm 107:17
Some became fools through their rebellious ways and suffered affliction because of their iniquities.

Jeremiah 30:15
Why do you cry out over your wound, your pain that has no cure? Because of your great guilt and many sins I have done these things to you.

Micah 7:9
Because I have sinned against him, I will bear the LORD's wrath, until he pleads my case and upholds my cause. He will bring me out into the light; I will see his righteousness.

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