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

New Living Translation
Then why should we, mere humans, complain when we are punished for our sins?

English Standard Version
Why should a living man complain, a man, about the punishment of his sins?

Berean Study Bible
Why should any mortal man complain, in view of his sins?

New American Standard Bible
Why should any living mortal, or any man, Offer complaint in view of his sins?

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

Christian Standard Bible
Why should any living person complain, any man, because of the punishment for his sins?

Contemporary English Version
We're still alive! We shouldn't complain when we are being punished for our sins.

Good News Translation
Why should we ever complain when we are punished for our sin?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Why should any living person complain, any man, because of the punishment for his sins?

International Standard Version
Why should anyone living complain, any mortal, about being punished for sin?

NET Bible
Why should any living person complain when punished for his sins?

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

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Why should any living mortal (any person) complain about being punished for sin?

JPS Tanakh 1917
Wherefore doth a living man complain, A strong man because of his sins?

New American Standard 1977
Why should any living mortal, or any man, Offer complaint in view of his sins?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Mem Why does the living man have pain, the man in his sins?

King James 2000 Bible
Why does a living man complain, a man for the punishment of his sins?

American King James Version
Why does a living man complain, a man for the punishment of his sins?

American Standard Version
Wherefore doth a living man complain, a man for the punishment of his sins?

Brenton Septuagint Translation
MEM. Why should a living man complain, a man concerning his sin?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Mem. Why hath a living man murmured, man suffering for his sins?

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

English Revised Version
Wherefore doth a living man complain, a man for the punishment of his sins?

Webster's Bible Translation
Why 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?
Study Bible
God's Justice
38Do not both adversity and good come from the mouth of the Most High? 39Why should any mortal man complain, in view of his sins? 40Let us examine and test our ways, and turn back to the LORD.…
Cross References
Hebrews 12:5
And you have forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons: "My son, do not take lightly the discipline of the Lord, and do not lose heart when He rebukes you.

Hebrews 12:6
For the Lord disciplines the one He loves, and He chastises every son He receives."

Psalm 107:17
Fools, in their rebellious ways, and through their iniquities, suffered affliction.

Jeremiah 30:15
Why do you cry out over your wound? Your pain has no cure! Because of your great iniquity and numerous sins I have done these things to you.

Micah 7:9
Because I have sinned against Him, I must endure the rage of the LORD, until He argues my case and executes justice for me. He will bring me into the light; I will see His righteousness.

Treasury of Scripture

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

doth

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 unto the LORD, Wherefore hast thou afflicted thy servant? and wherefore have I not found favour in thy sight, that thou layest the burden of all this people upon me?

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

complain, or murmur.

Genesis 4:5-7,13,14
But unto 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 unto them, and have brought them into the land of their enemies; if then their uncircumcised hearts be humbled, and they then accept of the punishment of their iniquity: …

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







Lexicon
Why
מַה־ (mah-)
Interrogative
Strong's Hebrew 4100: What?, what!, indefinitely what

should any mortal
חָ֔י (ḥāy)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2416: Alive, raw, fresh, strong, life

man
אָדָ֣ם (’ā·ḏām)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 120: Ruddy, a human being

complain,
יִּתְאוֹנֵן֙ (yiṯ·’ō·w·nên)
Verb - Hitpael - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 596: To complain, murmur

in view of
עַל־ (‘al-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 5921: Above, over, upon, against

[his]
גֶּ֖בֶר (ge·ḇer)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1397: A valiant man, warrior, a person simply

sins?
חֲטָאָֽיו׃ (ḥă·ṭā·’āw)
Noun - masculine plural construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2399: A crime, its penalty
(39) Wherefore doth a living man . . .--Better, Why doth a man who lives? i.e., whose life is spared him (comp. Jeremiah 45:5), with all its possibilities of good, complain of sufferings which, however unjust as far as those who cause them are concerned, are, in relation to the sufferer, the just punishment of his own sins?

Verse 39. - Wherefore cloth a living man complain, etc.? The God of whom the poet speaks is the Searcher of hearts. Why, then, should a man complain when he knows that he deserves his punishment? The close of the verse should run, (Let) a man (rather sigh) over his sins. 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.
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