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Go to Bible: Lamentations 3
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“live in dark places like those that have been long dead.” Jeremiah is lamenting about his life. He feels like the situation he has been living in is dark and without the joy and light of life, and so it is like he was dead and in the cold ground. This verse adds to the many that show that when a person dies they are not alive in heaven or “hell,” but are dead in the ground awaiting their resurrection and the Day of Judgment. [For more on dead people being truly dead, see Appendix 4, “The Dead Are Dead”].

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“cut stone.” “Cut stone” is stone that has been worked and shaped so that it fits tightly together. A wall of cut stone is very firm and stable, and will not fall down easily.

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“the shafts of his quiver.” “The shafts of his quiver” are His arrows, which are mentioned in Lamentations 3:12.

“kidneys...heart.” The “kidneys” refers to a person’s emotional life. The Word of God points to the fact that our kidneys, bowels, and belly (or womb) are part of our mental/emotional life, not “just physical organs.” Our “gut,” including our intestines, bowels, kidneys and stomach contain as many nerve cells as our brain, and studies are now showing that our “gut” contributes significantly to our emotional life and health. In contrast, in the biblical world, the “heart” refers to the thoughts, not the emotions.

Jeremiah, the writer of Lamentations, is emotionally distressed because of all the trouble and disaster that is happening in his world. [For more on the heart referring to the thought life, see commentary on Prov. 15:21. For more on kidneys referring to the emotional life, see commentary on Rev. 2:23, “kidneys”].

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“so has what I hoped for from Yahweh.” This is a place where the Hebrew has to be expanded somewhat to bring the correct meaning into English. The Hebrew text reads “and my hope from Yahweh.” That literal rendition makes it seem like Jeremiah’s hope was gone, as if there was no hope of the Promised Land or everlasting life. That is not what the verse means. What Jeremiah had hoped for was gone, which was likely that somehow the people of Judah would change their hearts toward Yahweh and that God would rescue Judah, Jerusalem, and the Temple from the Babylonians. Now all those hopes were gone: Judah and Jerusalem were conquered and the people taken as captives to Babylon, and the Temple and the great houses in Jerusalem were burned to the ground.

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Lam 3:37

There are a number of factors that must be considered when we are looking at verses such as Lamentations 3:37-38. The first is, where are the verses found? In this case, Lamentations is in the Old Testament, not in the New Testament. We know the world is a war zone between God and the Devil, and God is trying to do good while the Devil is working from an evil agenda. However, the conflict between God and the Devil is not clearly revealed in the Old Testament while it is in the New Testament. Jesus spoke of this fact in Luke 10:23-24. The Old Testament generally shows God being in control of both good and evil as it does here and in other places.

Another thing that we must be aware of is “who is speaking?” In this case, the writer Jeremiah is speaking, which is clear from the context. Jeremiah, like Job and the other Old Testament believers, generally thought that God was in control of both good and evil, and so it is perfectly natural that he would express that fact.

These verses are a good example why we must examine the whole Bible in order to get a proper understanding about God. These verses clearly show us what the people of Jeremiah’s time thought, but they do not clearly reveal the truth about the goodness of God like the New Testament does.

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