The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleLamentations 3:26
[It is] good that [a man] should both hope and quietly wait,
&c.] This follows from the former; for if God is good to such, it must
be good for them to hope and wait for him; it is both their duty and
their interest: and it may be observed, that hope is the ground of
patient waiting, and is here promised to it; where there is no hope of
a thing, there will be no waiting for it, much less quietly: hope is of
things unseen, future, difficult, and yet possible, or there would be
no hope; and where there is that, there will be waiting; for "if we
hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it",
(Romans 8:25) ; here in the original text it is, "hope, and be silent" F26;
or, "a good man will both hope" or "wait, and be silent" F1; that is,
under the present dispensation, though an afflictive one; men should be
still, as David exhorts, and be dumb, as he was; and hold their peace,
as Aaron did, at such seasons: not that they should indulge a stoical
apathy, or be insensible of their condition, and disregard the rod, and
him that has appointed it, or be altogether silent and speechless; but
should own the hand of God, and their deserts, cry to him for
deliverance, be thankful it is no worse, and speak of the gracious
dealings of God with them; yet should not murmur and complain, or
charge God foolishly; but be resigned to his will, and wait the issue
of Providence quietly, even wait
for the salvation of the Lord;
for temporal deliverance from outward
evils and present afflictions, and for spiritual and eternal salvation.
The saints, under the Old Testament, waited for Christ, the author of
salvation, appointed and promised by the Lord. He is come, and has
obtained salvation, which is published in the Gospel. Sensible sinners
are made acquainted with their need of it, and see the fulness and
suitableness of it, and are earnestly desirous of knowing their
interest in it; this is not immediately had; it is good to wait quietly
for it, in an attendance on the word and ordinances; and this being
come at, still the complete enjoyment is yet behind: saints are now
heirs of it, are kept unto it; it is nearer them than when they
believed; Christ will appear unto it, and it becomes them to wait
patiently for it; which will be a salvation from the very being of sin;
from the temptations of Satan; from all troubles inward and outward;
from all troublesome persons and things; from all doubts, fears,
darkness, and unbelief; and will consist in perfect happiness and
glory, and is worth waiting for.
F26 (Mmwdw lyxyw) "et expectet et silens", Pagninus, Montanus; "qui
et expectat et silet", Piscator.
F1 "Bonus ergo et expectabit et silens erit", Schmidt.
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Gill, John. "Commentary on Lamentations 3:26". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/geb/view.cgi?book=la&chapter=003&verse=026>. 1999.