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Lamentations 3:55-57

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ק (Qof)

3:55 I have called on your name, O Lord,

from the deepest pit. 1 

3:56 You heard 2  my plea: 3 

“Do not close your ears to my cry for relief!” 4 

3:57 You came near 5  on the day I called to you;

you said, 6  “Do not fear!”

1 tn Heb “from a pit of lowest places.”

2 tn The verb could be understood as a precative, “hear my plea,” parallel to the following volitive verb, “do not close.”

3 tn Heb “my voice.”

4 tn The preposition ל (lamed) continues syntactically from “my plea” in the previous line (e.g. Ex 5:2; Josh 22:2; 1 Sam 8:7; 12:1; Jer 43:4).

5 tn The verb could be understood as a precative (“Draw near”). The perspective of the poem seems to be that of prayer during distress rather than a testimony that God has delivered.

6 tn The verb could be understood as a precative (“Say”).



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